Sixth grade students traveled to SUNY Cobleskill College on October 23, 2015 for their Trout in the Classroom field trip. The fish hatchery, headed by Brent Lehman, and the agricultural section of the campus were toured. Students even ate lunch in a college lab; giving 6th graders an idea of what a future college program could be like.
Students have been learning about the brook trout in science class and were able to apply their knowledge of trout anatomy to a hands-on learning experience. Each student had the chance to strip a fish of their eggs or milt, net male and female trout, or fertilize the eggs in a metal bowl with the swish of a turkey feather! Students used their math skills to figure out the amount of eggs in a milliliter of sample and 440 eggs traveled back to school in a small cooler. The eggs were then placed in the 55 gallon classroom tank that has been set up for optimal brook trout conditions. Students will have the opportunity to observe the trout hatch, feed them, take care of the tank and release the trout in the spring to a local stream.
Trout in the Classroom is a multi-disciplinary program that provides lessons in ecology, marine biology, anatomy and the life cycle. The opportunity to use math skills comes up with measurement, sampling, data collection and graphing and in ELA the project is used in oral presentations, creative writing, and poetry. Sixth grade is looking forward to the tiny yellow eggs becoming fish!
Above: Rebekah Semple and Skylynn Sargeant look on while Mackenzie Barker nets the brook trout for spawning.
Below: Owen Dunderdale makes sure Joshua Villegas gets every last egg into the bowl for fertilizing.
Above: Josie Brundage strips a female brook trout of her eggs while Andrew Barber waits his turn.
Below: Sixth Grade OESJ students on the SUNY Cobleskill Campus.