The fifth grade kicked off their semester-long study of the Long Island Sound with a visit to WDS’s waterfront, to explore the intertidal zone and the creatures who call it home. The students spent an hour turning over rocks and squatting next to tide pools to find crabs, snails, hermit crabs, sandworms, shrimp, oysters, clams and mussels. Then, the students went into the water with Ms. Shapiro to use the seining net to catch fish and shrimp. One group caught of a school of over a hundred menhaden (they let most of them go)! The students brought a good sample of marine life back to the lab, where they filled the intertidal fish tank. The students will be studying the individual species that they collected over the course of the next few months. It was a fantastic two days of experiential learning!