Boston Teachers explore the geology of the Arboretum

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow

December 5, 2015

Educators Explore Puddingstone

Boston Teachers explore the geology of the Arboretum

Educators Explore Puddingstone

BPS teachers take part in a Geology Walk led by Jennifer Lenz.

On Saturday, December 5, Boston Public School educators participated in a geology walk at the Arnold Arboretum led by geologist Jennifer Lenz. After a brief introduction to plate tectonics and other geological concepts, the group spent an hour briskly walking on an esker near the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden, around an outcropping of Roxbury Conglomerate (also known as Puddingstone), and up the drumlin known as Bussey Hill. The group also examined the impacts left by glaciers, and noted many different rock types found throughout the Arboretum.

Once back at the Hunnewell Building Visitor Center, teachers discovered examples of various earth materials that can be used to reproduce landforms and create models of the rock cycle that show weathering, erosion, and deposition. From these experiences, teachers were challenged to help their students devise their own experiments illustrating the interactions between weather, human activity, and geology. Using children’s picture books and other texts, organizers shared useful strategies for teachers of all grades to integrate science, engineering, math, and literacy skills in ways that enhance student understanding of earth science and its applications. The next Exploring the Arboretum for Educators event will held on January 9, 2016.

– Ana Maria Caballero

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