Oakman Elementary is a proud partner school with Cranbrook Institute of Science. As a partner school, Oakman fourth and fifth grade students actively participated in three wonderful field trip experiences designed to help provide the students with background knowledge for this fall’s MEAP test.
The fourth grade students explored part of Cranbrooks’ world famous rock and mineral collection while gaining hands-on experience with Michigangeology. The fourth graders also learned more about seasons and Earth’s position in the solar system, Michigan’s biodiversity and ecosystems, and participated in a demonstration about forces and simple machines.
Oakman’s fifth graders learned more about the great lakes region’s Native American history, barter and trade system and the People of the Three Fires. The fourth and fifth graders were also treated to a behind-the-scenes collection tour. All of the students examined items currently not on display and learned about appropriate ways to handle museum artifacts.
Another wonderful feature about being a Cranbrook partner school was Oakman’s Cranbrook Family Science Night. For this event, Cranbrook brought out hands-on science activities. The students and families had an exciting time learning and performing experiments together with ten different laboratories dealing with many different branches of science.