Students Release Brook Trout in Wood Creek

Pre-K Students Release Trout in Wood Creek
Posted on 06/13/2019
brook trout release

Rome Early Childhood Pre-k students in Denice Luczak and Amanda Sullivan’s classrooms released brook trout in Wood Creek at Guyer Field on June 12th and 13th. The 3-year-olds, along with their family member(s) participated in a fun-filled day, that included releasing the trout in the creek and enjoying lunch. The students presented a thank you banner to the Lake Delta Kiwanis members for visiting their classroom in the fall to check out the fingerlings and for providing transportation to Guyer Field. Kiwanis members at the June 12th trout release were Fred Jaynes, president, and Jan Bongiorno-Halpin.


Gary Bartell, a former teacher, and DEC volunteer has worked on the brook trout project for many years and delivered the trout eggs to the school in November. Mrs. Luczak implemented this project into her classroom. It wasn’t long before her students watched the development of about 200 eggs as they moved through the life cycle. Students fed the fish, had their teachers write down what they observed and kept a journal of the process.  


The brook trout project aligned perfectly with the inquiry-based philosophy of the PreK Curriculum, specifically Exploration 2: Our Environment.  From December through March, the 3-year-old classes were provided numerous opportunities to foster their ability to observe and describe observable phenomena (objects, materials, organisms and events), make observations, analyze results, draw conclusions and communicate the results. The culmination activity of the trout release, provided the children the opportunity to demonstrate the acquired knowledge and understanding of their investigations around the life cycle.  


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