It has surprised sixth graders to learn that not all wildlife they encounter is native, thanks to a class project where gifted kids study invasive species in their local lake.
The Mosaic gifted and talented program at Prarie View and Forest Hills Elementary undertook a study of invasive species led by teachers Leslie Lohan and Liz Dayton. Sixth graders were surprised to learn that their local Staring Lake has problems with invasive species.
“What surprised me was that common carp was actually an invasive species. I just thought it was a regular fish,” said student Artem Demidov. Artem’s favorite part of the study was the joint trip that Prairie View and Forest Hills took to the Staring Lake Outdoor Center, where they checked for water clarity and identified organisms living in the lake.
Mosaic is a full day gifted and talented program housed at Prairie View and Forest Hills fror fourth through sixth graders.
“The program provides challenging curriculum at an accelerated pace while meeting the unique academic and social/emotional needs of highly gifted learners in a supportive educational environment,” the website said.