In this episode The Cutting Ed podcast, host Tom Gerhardt visit with fifth-grade teacher Marie Snyder of Central Middle School in Devils Lake, Colleen Graue of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and student Hudson Houdos. Marie’s students partner with Fish and Wildlife at Sullys Hill National Wildlife Refuge. This experiential classroom offers students a unique opportunity to learn outside the walls of a traditional school and develop an appreciation and respect for the outdoors while meeting standards.

“So out here, we teach math, language arts, science and social studies,” Snyder said. “And we need to take our standards and we need to teach them. So we have to be very creative. It is a lot of ground work. We’ve done a lot of the groundwork so we have a lot of lessons that really really work with the fifth grade curriculum.”











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