Middle school 7th grade life science teachers Tiffany Broderick, Ray Saut, and Monica Zajicek are utilizing the an outdoor classroom area on the secondary campus for class activities.
During the outdoor activity, students identified some of the organisms that live in, on, and under fallen logs and trees. The observation activity shows students how these creatures depend on their environment for survival.
"It is amazing how many things live in and on rotting logs and or living trees," said Zajicek.
The activity focused on students becoming familiar with organisms' plant and animal life. Through observation, students gained an understanding of how decomposition takes place.
"We hope they will gain a better appreciation for microhabitats and communities," said Zajicek.
While the outdoor classroom is still in the development process, students are still able to use the space for hands-on learning.
The outdoor classroom initiative was started in 2017 as part of a Troop 198 Eagle Scout project in collaboration with the Moon Area School District maintenance department and is ongoing.