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Eighth-graders from Tapestry Charter School participated in some unique fieldwork last month related to their Invasion Learning Expedition. Humanities and science concepts were explored while students investigated locations in Boston, Mass., and surrounding areas.
According to Gail Nicholson, a Tapestry administrator, here’s what the students experienced on their trip:
For the humanities component of the expedition, students completed fieldwork focusing on early American history. They saw firsthand historical sites linked to the colonial era and the nation’s move toward independence. Fieldwork included investigating Plimouth Plantation, observing the lifestyle of Wampanoag Native Americans, exploring Salem with a focus on the witchcraft trials, experiencing the “shot heard around the world” re-enactment in Lexington, and walking the Freedom Trail.
Students also spent two days completing science fieldwork on Plum Island. Plum Island is located off the northern coast of Massachusetts where the Parker River and the Merrimack River flow into the Gulf of Maine.
The majority of students’ science fieldwork took place at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island. Students had the opportunity to explore the island’s systems including the beaches, salt marshes, freshwater impoundments, maritime forests and tide pools.
Students observed the process of bird banding, hiked though a maritime forest, compared and contrasted salt and fresh water marshes, kayaked down a river and through a marsh, and investigated the erosion of sand dunes.