Hands-On Learning at Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area

As part of Mr. Broetzmann’s seventh grade ecology unit, students traveled over 90 minutes to Wisconsin’s Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area this past October. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the marsh is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States and has been designated as a “Wetland of International Importance” and a “Globally Important Bird Area.”

On October 16, seventh grade students took a day-long field trip where they hiked and participated in hands-on activities including macro-invertebrate sampling.

Mr. Broetzmann adds, “The first unit in seventh grade science is ecology. Each year, I take students to the marsh so they can experience first-hand the ecological concepts we explore in class. Students go on hikes, do several hands-on activities, and learn about the degradation and restoration of the marsh.”

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 12.30.50 PMWhile there, students have iPads in hand and take several pictures and videos documenting their experience. Once they go back to campus, they spend the next week or so summarizing their findings and creating an iMovie showcasing what they learned. Complementary in-classroom presentations and activities provide students with a deeper look into the study of our ecosystems.

Mr. Broetzmann’s lesson is a great example of how hands-on learning is a critical component of student engagement and everyday learning!

iMovie produced and narrated by Chaman Nagra and Diya Mehra, Seventh Grade

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