BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK OYSTER EXPLORATION
After learning about ecosystems, students in the 3rd Grade got to go to Brooklyn Bridge Park. There, they learned about how the oyster population used to be much larger, but due to pollution, the oyster population was almost completely wiped out. In the last two decades, there has been a big effort to grow the oyster population.
While on the trip, students got to learn about the anatomy of an oyster. They also learned how oysters manage to get food even though they cannot move. There were also some fun activities where students got to pretend to be different animals collecting food (bubbles being blown) using the strategies that the animals use themselves (see video).
Finally, students were able to handle real oysters. They used calipers to measure them, and looked for other water creatures that they had learned about.