Schools Studying Vernal Pools

Educational Activities Involving
Vernal Pools

For thousands of years, mankind has studied the organisms and objects of nature. The oldest human records, the petroglyphs and cave paintings, exist as evidence of someone's observation of the natural world.
In today's industrialized society with an overwhelming amount of information at our fingertips, it is imperative that students leave the confines of the classroom and continue the tradition of observing the natural world. These observations, measurements, and studies may be recorded and reported in various formats including drawings, photographs, journals, essays, poetry, and reports.
The following teachers and schools have integrated vernal pool studies into their curriculum and have provided the Vernal Pool Association with information about their activities. In some cases, clicking the school name will take you from The Vernal Pool to that school's web site. To return to The Vernal Pool, use your browser's "BACK" button.

If you know of a school or teacher using vernal pool studies as an interdisciplinary activity and would like to see that school included here, contact the Vernal Pool Association.

Spoffard Pond School, Boxford, MA.
Teacher: Diane Haratunian, grade 5.
Alphabet books.
Alphabet books are an interesting class publishing project. The pages shown here are selections from 4 different books done over two years by four individual classes studying a vernal pool near the school.

Dighton Middle School, Dighton, MA.
Teacher: Judy Parker, grade 7.
Descriptive monographs.
A descriptive monograph contains both descriptions and drawings of an organism and two of its adaptations to the vernal pool habitat. The monograph also includes a title and appropriate decoration. Journal sketches.

Reading Memorial High School, Reading, MA.
Teacher, Leo P. Kenney, grade 9.
Slide program.
"Slide programs" are scripts written by students on a vernal pool related topic of their choice using the slides available on this web site (see slides pages) and in our Resource Kit, Diving Into Wicked Big Puddles.