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Hands-on Learning at Discovery Place

Kayla Barnes, Abby Burke, and Charlie Blumanhourst explore animal adaptations

Have you ever had the chance to pet a White’s Tree Frog? The fourth graders at Waxhaw Elementary have!

On December 2, 2011 fourth grade students traveled to Discovery Place in Uptown Charlotte. Students were studying animal adaptations and the teachers wanted their students to have hands-on experience with animals. Students visited a learning lab at Discovery Place to learn about animal adaptations.

They had the opportunity to use utensils that represented bird beaks such as tongs and chopsticks and tried to use them to pick up things that represented things that the bird might like to eat. Then the students had the chance to pet a White’s Tree Frog and a Ball python. They saw a bird crack open sunflower seeds and dance. Given an opportunity to explore further, the fourth graders went to a rainforest habitat and saw Poison Dart Frogs and a Madagascar Giant Day Gecko.

If you want to experience this and more, go to Discovery Place in Uptown Charlotte!

Written by: Genevieve Randall, student
Posted: Jan 01, 2012 by Kimberly Thomas

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