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Croton-Harmon Kids Transform Into Scientists

Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School’s first-grade students recently took a trip to Croton Point Park, where they acted like scientists while examining the Hudson River with the help of Teatown Lake Reservation educators.
Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School’s first-grade students recently took a trip to Croton Point Park, where they acted like scientists while examining the Hudson River with the help of Teatown Lake Reservation educators. Photo Credit: Contributed

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- First-grade students from Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School recently visited Croton Point Park to make scientific observations about the Hudson River as part of their Acting Like Scientists science study.

Working with educators from the Teatown Lake Reservation, students had the opportunity to take the water and air temperature, examine what was in the river and note the tides.

First-grade teacher Patricia Lynch said she and her colleagues worked alongside Teatown staff to plan activities that fit into their curriculum.

“The concepts addressed in this unit are that scientists must be organized, able to work collaboratively, good at observing and recording their observations and good at reporting to others what they investigated,” said Kelly Maloney, the school’s principal. “Practicing the skills of scientists at Croton Point Park also supports our message that we are all stewards of the Hudson River – the river belongs to us, and we need to take care of it.”

To help offset costs, the PTA funded the field trip.

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