Liberty Middle School Students Travel to Degnan Park Lake for Multi-Curriculum Experience

Students working with teacher Shrina Patel on a mathematics activity on the dock. Credits: LMS
Science teacher Vince Dejesus wading in Degnan Lake collecting organism samples. Credits: LMS
English Language Arts teacher Christine Albano describing the creation of a "concrete" poem, formatting their poetry in the shape of an object around the lake. Credits: LMS
8th graders Matt Romano, Matigan Kohlman and Kefie Mutume analyzing Degnan Lake water sample. Credits: LMS
Science teacher Sue Zaccaro providing directions for water study. Credits: LMS

WEST ORANGE, NJ -  Eighth-grade Liberty Middle School Students traveled to Degnan Park Lake on Oct. 15 to utilize a multi-curriculum approach to water sampling.

Science teacher Vince DeJesus helped students to take water samples test its chemical properties as well as collect macro invertebrates to determine water quality.

As part of the West Orange Public Schools new initiative to engage students across in a multi-curricular experience, they also had a language arts activity on-site, creating a concrete poem in the shape of the object they were viewing; a social studies scavenger hunt of the history of Degnan Park and lake; and a math activity which involved the estimation and measurement of  several objects in the park and around the lake.

Studies have shown that by integrating learning across subject boundaries, students learn and absorb information more readily.  A combination of tactile, visual, and audio learning strategies reinforces what students are learning as well and helps a broader range of students grasp subject concepts.

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