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Class Act: Trout Aquariums
Fourth and 5th grade students at Kessler Elementary School are diving head first into their science curriculum this year by researching rainbow trout.
Beartooth NBC's Kelley Smith went to their classroom to see how getting hands on experience with fish is helping these students learn more than they thought they could in this week's Class Act. These students are excited have a hands on experience with their new class pets, a clutch of rainbow trout that just hatched over the weekend.
Molly Brandt, 5th grader says, "I mean not many people get to experience having science live things in your classroom so that's pretty nice to have.”
The kids say they haven't named the fish yet because they're just a few days old, but 4th grader Charlie Michaletz already has a few ideas.
Michaletz says, "We haven't named any of them yet, but I’m planning on naming one of them Jeffery"
The trout were provided by the local chapter of Trout Unlimited and are helped cared for by former Chief of Fisheries for the FWP, Chris Hunter. This is the 2nd year teacher Nancy Peterson has had an aquarium in her classroom and she says it's a great learning experience.
Peterson says, "They're able to see them hatch into their beginning stages and then they grow up to the fry stage and we get to release them."
Beartooth NBC’s Kelley Smith says, "Spring Meadow Lake may be frozen now but in the spring time the class will release the fish into this lake or other enclosed ponds in the area and Chris Hunter says this is specifically to be environmentally responsible."
Hunter says, "People just introducing fish helter skelter wherever they want to is...has caused a lot of problems historically in the state. So it's another part of the learning process.”
The students' excitement and enthusiasm to have a well rounded learning experience is what makes the students at Kessler Elementary a Class Act.
This program has been going on in Helena for several years. Trout Unlimited pays to set up the tanks and for care and maintenance before the fish are released.
Story by Kelley Smith, Beartooth NBC.
Sponsored by Sylvan Learning Center of Helena.
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