Fifth grade Drinkwater students blend science, art into studies

By Ben Holbrook | Mar 07, 2014
Photo by: Ben Holbrook Students at Edna Drinkwater Elementary study the various components of the specific part of the watershed they were assigned to illustrate as part of a blending of science and art curriculum.

Northport — Fifth grade students at Edna Drinkwater Elementary are blending science and art as part of their curriculum studying salmon and watersheds.

As part of their curriculum, students in Anna Cox's fifth grade class have the opportunity to raise salmon and do an in-depth study of watersheds and how humans can impact the environment. Cox said students started by reading a story about a loon that would swim through various parts of a watershed before their focus turned to salmon.

During a visit to the classroom Monday, March 3, students were working in teams to illustrate different parts of the watershed, such as a bog or pond, Cox said. Students started with sketching the larger land features of their specific portion of the watershed on a small piece of paper before advancing onto larger sheets of paper and adding more details.

Once students complete their drawings, they will color the panels in using watercolor-based supplies, Cox said.

In addition to studying salmon and the watershed, students also received 200 salmon eggs that they will raise until the salmon reach fry stage and are then released into the Wescott Stream.

Due to budget cuts, the fifth-grade students would not have an art class for the second half of the school year, but by introducing a creative component into the curriculum, Cox said it presented an ideal opportunity to meld the science and art components.

The salmon and watershed study culminates with a trip to Tanglewood later in the spring where students learn more about the plants, animals and other creatures that rely on clean water to live.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Alan Wood | Mar 07, 2014 14:15

Our district is achieving with students developing projects and it isn't just one elementary school.  Every elementary school in our district is amazing with teamwork among teachers, students, parents, and principals.  Our kids are so lucky. I plan on visiting the Drinkwater School very soon.  Thank you Mrs. Cox for sharing.  Alan Wood

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