PEAK habitat project piques interest |

PEAK habitat project piques interest

Submitted PhotoGlenwood Springs Middle School PEAK students work on an animal habitat project at the school.

A group of Glenwood Springs Middle School students persevered through a jungle of weeds, dead mice and tulip-eating deer to create a new home for animals.The sixth-graders in the schools PEAK program for gifted kids took nearly a whole school year to study ecosystems and develop a schoolyard habitat for animals.The group started with a field trip and learned that all animals need water to survive. The campus has almost no water, so the PEAK students decided to create a pond where animals could drink and visit. If things go well, the students want to add fish to the 12-by-6-foot pond next year.The effort was much larger than just digging a pond and researching animals. With the need to secure materials, raise funds and construct the pond, PEAK teacher Megan Dean normally wouldnt have taken on such a large project. The students, however, handled it convincingly.The kids basically found ways around all the obstacles put in front of them, she said.The real learning didnt seem to be about animals or ecosystems, though, the PEAK students said.We learned it takes a lot of teamwork (to complete a project), said Amy Currier.The students also learned a lesson not typical of sixth-graders. Work is rewarding, Nicole Kontour said.

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