Wednesday, May 15, the Mile High Academy fifth grade class returned from their science learning trip. They spent three days, two nights at the Keystone Science School.
Dedicated to hands-on science and adventure, the science school exemplifies the type of learning we value at MHA.
Fifth grader, Eden, came back full of stories about all the different ways they spent their time in Keystone, “We went on a hike on the second day and it was really fun. We told riddles. We walked for one mile. The kids really loved it.”
The fifth grade divided up into two learning group. Students were asked to journal their ideas at certain points to encourage their engagement in the material.
Topics ranged from the ecological impact of fires on the environment, the life cycle of a star, and the growth pattern of plants after natural disasters.
While on the hikes, students learned to identify certain native plants and trees, naming them as they went along.
Learning trips like this one are part of the experiential learning that takes students out of the walled classroom and into the laboratory of life.