Discovery and Exploration at SOFO

ESOL image 1 Today's guest bloggers are the students in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class from the first session of Summer Term @Ross. Read on for a report from their recent field trip to South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center.

On July 14, the Summer Term @Ross ESOL students and teachers visited the local natural history museum to learn about the animals, plants, and environment of the East End of Long Island.

BUT it was not just a visit—we needed to work!

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Ms. Mami gave us many questions to answer and different things to find and take photos of, so we were very busy. Some of the questions we needed to answer were:

1. Find the differences between a cat skull and a deer skull. 2. What do raccoon footprints look like? 3. Where do scarlet tanagers go in the winter? 4. Why is the gray fox population is declining? 5. How many species of milkweeds can we find here?

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We had a special guest teacher who came to teach us all about the monarch butterfly, so we began the day by looking for information on the butterflies and the garden.

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Unfortunately, it started to rain shortly after we started, so we quickly ran inside to continue the learning in the museum. We began in the area that displays variety of reptiles, amphibians, fish, and marine animals. We were a bit scared to touch the creatures in the tank, but some of us tried! After that, we went to the floor with many stations to teach us about wildlife in the Long Island.

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There were many animals we have never seen before! We learned what they are called in English, and more about their lives and environment.

It was a short visit, but we had a lot of fun!