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Hooked on Hook Mountain

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Elizabeth Co

on 24 October 2018

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Hooked on Hook Mountain
Geology Fun & Games
1. Students examined, touched and discussed types of rocks (sedimentary, igneous & metamorphic)
THANK YOU!
Introducing Students to Our Parks
June 2018 In-School Program
Where?

Who?

How many?
In the schoolyards of
all 3 elementary schools
Liberty
Nyack
Cottage
Valley
Upper
Who?
The entire 3rd grade
of the
Nyack Public Schools
How
many?

250
students
Program Goals
Introduce students to the natural history of their local environment and the park
Program Overview
Setting(s)
1.
In-Classroom Introduction
: Visual presentation
(Rockland Lake & Hook Mountain)
2.
Outdoor in the Schoolyard
: Hands-on activities

Four Activity Stations
that allowed students to “experience” the Park in their own schoolyard

1 ½ hours of outdoor learning

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2
3
4
In-classroom
Visual Presentation
Aerial view, including schools
History of the park lands
Geologic formations & fossils, animals, native trees & plants
How to navigate on trails & in nature
Things you can do in the park
Stewardship: How you can help take care of the park

Intro
Plants & Trees Around Us
Students got acquainted with— and then tried to spy— 10 species (including 2 native trees, 2 introduced trees, 2 native herbs & 4 introduced herbs)

They worked in small groups to match each plant with its special characteristics
(e.g., how they were used by Native Americans & European settlers, meanings of plant names, myths & lore about them.)
Basic Orienteering
Students discussed:
How & why a compass is useful
Ways to navigate in the park.
Live Animals
Students met live animals that represent local park wildlife (a box turtle, a crow, and a black rat snake)

After learning about each animal's history, habitats, predators & prey, students got to see
and touch
it!
Where?
Now let's go to the park!
Students took away information about visiting the parks and using park resources

To encourage students to visit the parks over the summer, our educators created a scavenger hunt and offered incentives to the class who returns the most completed
And how did it go?
Lay a foundation for fall programs linked to the core curriculum:
Motivate students to spend time in, explore, connect with, and take care of the park
Build students' knowledge of key scientific concepts
Inspire appreciation for local geology, flora, fauna, and waterways.
2. Rock Cycle Freeze Tag, in which:
Students acted out the rock cycle
Most of them represented
materials
that make up rocks (e.g., Magma, Sediments)
A few represented
forces
that act on the materials (e.g., Cool, Pressure)
The
forces
chased & tagged the
materials
, transforming them into all 3 types of rock in turn, then back to Magma!
They practiced using a compass to navigate to a specific point.
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