Fourth-grade students experience science firsthand


Fourth grader Jarred Blevins spent the night next to an alligator in South America two weeks ago.

So did many of his fourth-grade classmates at East Elementary School. Some of them slept in South America, and some of them were in an all together different continent -- Africa.

It was part of a two-day field trip the fourth graders took, but they didn't actually take a trip to Africa and South America. They spent the night in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

The students traveled to Denver and spent the day in the museum May 17. After that, they spent the following day at the Denver Zoo.

Fourth grader Ryan Brookshire was impressed with the wild dogs he saw at the zoo.

He also was impressed with the museum.

"I learned a lot about history that I like to learn about," he said.

Students also participated in a space camp-in, which included classes about space and the Space Station IMAX film.

Teacher Sandy Claus, one of three fourth-grade teachers who took the students to Denver along with 10 volunteers, said the students worked hard in the months leading up to the trip to

raise money.

They collected cans, held a bake sale and had a Read-A-Thon fund-raiser.

The trip covered an array of topics including outer space, dinosaurs, Native Americans and animals.

"It was fun," Blevins said. "I got to see a lot of animals."

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