Students in 5th and 6th grade at V.B. Glencoe Charter School are participating in a wetlands education program that correlates to their Louisiana State Science Standards. The program will allow students to study and investigate their local estuaries and make real-life connections to phenomena based science curricula.

 

Through the course of the program, students will participate in wetland education classroom activities and 4 field experience trips to Cypremort Point State Park. During the field experience trips students will collect water samples and investigate pH, turbidity, salinity, temperature and calculate the amount of dissolved oxygen in the sample. Students will be able to analyze, interpret, and present data collected at the end of the year. Beach sweeps will also be conducted. Trash collected from the sweeps will be recorded on data sheets. The trash will then be used to create a unique artwork piece.

5th-grade students dissecting water hyacinths as part of an invasive plants species class. Hyacinth and salvina samples were collected from the Bayou Teche. Students recorded observations of the plant root systems and leaf structures. Students were also able to collect insects from the samples and view under a bug finder magnifying glass while making inferences as to why the insect chose the plants as part of its habitat.

5th and 6th-grade students, along with chaperones, line up along the beach before conducting beach sweep transects at Cypremort Point.

5th and 6th-grade students, along with teachers conducting water quality tests at Cypremort Point.

5th grade students conducting investigations to simulate the effects of DDT on Brown Pelican eggs

5th grade students visit Chitimacha Tribal Museum to learn about their culture, life style and how they used the resources of the Bayou Teche.

5th grade students visit the Audubon Aquarium to view Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea exhibits displayed throughout the aquarium. The art work is created from marine debris collected and sorted by volunteers. These sculptures are displayed to raise awareness of the garbage that ends up in our bodies of water and the damaging effects to animals and our world.

5th and 6th-grade students, along with teachers conducting water quality tests and gathering marine debris at Cypremort Point for their second trip.