Lackawanna Trail students learn about agriculture in trailer

By Ben Freda - For Abington Journal
The Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab was at Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center from March 25-29. - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
Paula Brennan, far right, science lab teacher, explains the importance of trees to the second-grade class as their teacher Katie Loughney takes a photo. - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
Second-grade student Logan Brink puts a leaf on the category according to what’s in his leaf as teacher Paula Brennan holds it in place. - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
First-grade student Gabrielle Baker places a leaf with a picture of fruit on it in the correct category of the benefits of trees. - - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab teacher Paula Brennan, left, and Lackawanna Trail kindergarten teacher Karen Shaw hold the story of ‘The Tree Farmer’ as Brennan reads it to the children. - - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
From left, are Matthew McNamara, Evan Kamora, Caleb Wright, Blake Smith, Ella Stuenzi, Jayden Grace, Lea Crockett, and Asia Holgate. - - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
Second0grade student Arianna Newhart makes a bracelet with beads representing things a tree needs and provides. - - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
Collages of items made from beef, mushrooms, and other agricultural things hang inside the trailer. - - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

FACTORYVILLE — A 40-foot trailer parked in the back of Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center offered lessons such as where our food comes from and why trees are so important. Six hundred students from kindergarten to sixth grade visited the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab at the school March 25-29 and spent about an hour a day inside the trailer learning about agriculture and participating in interactive projects.

The students are taught by Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab teacher Paula Brennan with the assistance of Trail kindergarten teacher Karen Shaw, who requested the lab to come to this school, having seen the lab during a class through the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. The Lackawanna Trail PTO and Wyoming County/Lackawanna County Farm Bureau provided the funds to bring the science lab trailer to Lackawanna Trail for the second year in a row.

Students learned how to make items from agricultural products.

“Each experiment gives them (students) a hands-on experience,” Shaw said. “They (experiments) gives kids something to take home and show their parents.”

Fifth and sixth-graders learned how to make plastic.

“This (corn) is a renewable resource we are teaching them about,” Shaw said.

Third and fourth-graders made glue from milk and the second-grade class learned how to make bracelets with beads. The color of each bead represents the needs of the trees such as a blue bead signifying water, a clear bead emphasizing air, and a brown one reminding children a tree needs soil. There were also beads that showed what trees provide us and other living things. A red bead represented apples and other fruits that grow on trees while a white bead represented paper needed for reading and writing.

“We like that it’s hands-on learning for the kids,” said second-grade teacher Dana Marion.

Second-grade student Logan Brink said he learned about lemon trees.

The first-grade students also learned about the significance of trees.

“Trees do a number of important things,” said Brennan. “Trees actually help prevent erosion.”

Brennan explained how the roots of the trees keep topsoil, which is “good and rich,” for farming and save the farmer from having to buy fertilizer.

Brennan also read a story called “The Tree Farmer,” about a boy whose grandfather plants trees. The boy learned how to plant trees and how they are used for making everyday items. The kindergarten class learned from a story about how the ingredients in pizza originally come from the farm.

The Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab was at Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center from March 25-29.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/web1_20190329_130017-1.jpgThe Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab was at Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center from March 25-29. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

Paula Brennan, far right, science lab teacher, explains the importance of trees to the second-grade class as their teacher Katie Loughney takes a photo.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/web1_20190329_132528.jpgPaula Brennan, far right, science lab teacher, explains the importance of trees to the second-grade class as their teacher Katie Loughney takes a photo. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

Second-grade student Logan Brink puts a leaf on the category according to what’s in his leaf as teacher Paula Brennan holds it in place.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/web1_20190329_134115.jpgSecond-grade student Logan Brink puts a leaf on the category according to what’s in his leaf as teacher Paula Brennan holds it in place. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

First-grade student Gabrielle Baker places a leaf with a picture of fruit on it in the correct category of the benefits of trees.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/web1_20190329_142623.jpgFirst-grade student Gabrielle Baker places a leaf with a picture of fruit on it in the correct category of the benefits of trees. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab teacher Paula Brennan, left, and Lackawanna Trail kindergarten teacher Karen Shaw hold the story of ‘The Tree Farmer’ as Brennan reads it to the children.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/web1_20190329_141239-1-.jpgMobile Ag Ed Science Lab teacher Paula Brennan, left, and Lackawanna Trail kindergarten teacher Karen Shaw hold the story of ‘The Tree Farmer’ as Brennan reads it to the children. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

From left, are Matthew McNamara, Evan Kamora, Caleb Wright, Blake Smith, Ella Stuenzi, Jayden Grace, Lea Crockett, and Asia Holgate.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/web1_20190329_131014.jpgFrom left, are Matthew McNamara, Evan Kamora, Caleb Wright, Blake Smith, Ella Stuenzi, Jayden Grace, Lea Crockett, and Asia Holgate. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

Second0grade student Arianna Newhart makes a bracelet with beads representing things a tree needs and provides.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/web1_20190329_134942.jpgSecond0grade student Arianna Newhart makes a bracelet with beads representing things a tree needs and provides. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

Collages of items made from beef, mushrooms, and other agricultural things hang inside the trailer.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/web1_20190329_141424.jpgCollages of items made from beef, mushrooms, and other agricultural things hang inside the trailer. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab visits Lackawanna Trail Elementary School

By Ben Freda

For Abington Journal

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