Thursday, September 13, 2018

Trout in Two Classrooms?

This year marks our tenth year with the Trout in the Classroom Program! In typical Lack Tuscarora style, we hope to make this year’s experience extra special as we will share our trout with the other first grade students at Juanita Elementary School when we consolidate in January.

Let that soak in for a moment. We will receive our eggs as usual the first week of November. Battle our normal obstacles of ich, fungus, and equipment failures. Then tear the tank down, move the water, fish, and equipment. Then hope the trout survive this transition to be released on May 11, 2019 by the first grade students at our new school-Juniata Elementary.

One thing I love about this program is that each year is a unique experience with its own set of obstacles. This year will be sure to provide many problem solving opportunities as we will develop a plan to move our tank to our new classroom. Stay tuned to keep abreast of our adventures!

My students are eager to help make this our best year ever!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Room to Grow!

   I have been busy treating our trout tank for ick...with the help of several students and faculty. We are hopeful to have it under control...We notice it as we were getting ready to move the smaller trout out of the basket we put them in to protect them from the larger trout...

Below is a picture of one of the trout with the "white spots" that are typical for the disease.

 So thankful to have discovered tank dividers...thanks to a friend our trout now have more room to grow and swim!  Check it out!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sharing Smiles!

     We have been learning about making predictions during our reading groups so I couldn't resist having some fun with the students. Our trout books arrived this week. I was very eager to share it with the students, but decided to build the anticipation a bit.  I wrapped the box with wrapping paper and a bow and placed it in the room waiting for the students to notice. It sat most of the day without a comment. Then finally a student noticed. I told them we would be writing predictions during kid writing  about what it could be.
     A glimpse into the world of first grade...being March 16 with a leprechaun on the loose at Lack Tuscarora Elementary school...three students predicted it could be a leprechaun. Other predictions included a toy, goodies, markers, reading books, Foxy, or a  kitten. There were three whom accurately predicted it was our trout books.

   I just love seeing their faces when they see the book for the first time. It makes me smile. I wanted to share the smiles with you! Enjoy!

Love the smiles!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Fish Tales 2017-2018

     We have been busy writing nonfiction and fiction stories to publish in our class book as a tribute to our Trout in the Classroom Program. It is a lot of work, but it is so much fun to see the student's faces the day the finished book arrives.
    I always enjoy discovering the impact this program has had on the students through their writing. I love seeing evidence of their learning hidden in the stories.
    One of my favorites this year was when a student included our incidence with fungus in his fiction story. He had Spider-Man Trout save a fish population by treating the water with salt pellets. Pretty creative, it makes my heart happy.
    We will be holding a book showing at our Trout Release at Lost Creek Golf Course on Saturday, May 19, 2018. We have endured two power outages this year to date without losing fish. The school district has a generator on hand to hopefully prevent a repeat of last year's loss of the entire tank 10 days prior to release day. Hoping things continue to go well until May!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Trout Adoption 2018

  Our second shipment of trout were scheduled to arrive on January 17, 2018. Due to a snow day, they were not delivered until January 18, 2018.  Against all odds, they have endured the transition and extra ride in the UPS truck so far. We have also adopted a shipment intended for Thompsontown Elementary who was unable to receive the shipment due to equipment failures. We were more than glad to accept their shipment. Hopefully, we can keep them all alive until May 19, 2018!
     To prevent another issue with fungus, I added some salt pellets to the tank to knock off any fungus they may have brought with them. It also seemed to help them adjust the new environment. So far so good, we have not lost any. I made a special basket to protect them as I feared the remaining trout from the first shipment may try to enjoy them as a snack.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year 2018!
  It appears that we have the fungus issue resolved. The few remaining trout appear healthy and strong.  I have replace all the sponges in the tank in an attempt to remove all the fungus from every nook and cranny of our tank. We have not lost any trout over the Christmas break! This alone is cause for celebration. I know of others who have lost their entire tank and remember all too well the feeling.  We are scheduled to receive another shipment of fry at the end of January...and we will begin writing our trout book! So much to look forward to in the new year!