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Fish Hatchery Field Trip + Beautiful Fall Day = Reading

posted Oct 25, 2017, 12:59 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Oct 25, 2017, 12:59 PM ]
All Seneca Middle School seventh grade students recently went on a field trip to a fish hatchery on a staggered schedule over a three-day period. This staggered schedule resulted in some of the remaining classes with too few students to conduct a full structured lesson. One ELA teacher, Laurie Skrobola, along with her remaining students, came up with the perfect solution. They decided to create their own outdoor reading lab. Each grabbed a book, headed out to one of the school’s courtyards and spent the bulk of the class period reading under the bright morning sky and perfect temperatures. While it may not have been a typical ELA lesson, it was certainly an effective and most enjoyable way to foster a love of reading. Skrobola said of the experience, “Individualized reading and writing goals are an important part of the 7th grade ELA curriculum. Students are expected to independently read and write reflections about four novels each nine-week period. With such a small class during the field trip, the students and I chose to take advantage of the beautiful weather and work toward their reading goal at the same time.”