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Treasures of South Slough: Grades 4 & 5
Preparation
drawing by Celeste Carlisle
Your students are filled with curiosity and intrigue when a battered treasure chest is delivered straight to the classroom. Chock full of preparation materials, the chest holds lesson plans, activities, and accompanying learning tools to involve students over the course of a week. Highlights include decoding clues that pertain to South Slough’s natural residents and using "Clancy’s Treasure Seeker’s Guidebook" to get ready for the upcoming visit. The clues have an integral part in the on-site experience.

On-site
Seeking the treasures of South Slough forms the theme for the on-site visit. After a hike to the shoreline of the estuary, your students will embark on an adventure along the "Treasure Trails", "cracking" clues which ultimately lead to the treasure. Along the trail, they are magically transformed into raccoons to discover how these animals use both the forests and the estuary’s shores for their survival; they help prepare the rich broth of "Estuary Soup", the food of many estuary animals; they investigate the "gardens" of the estuary; and, they learn through problem solving that many migratory animals visit and depend on South Slough. By the end of the day, the students have learned enough to actually find the treasure. It is, of course, the reserve itself. South Slough is a treasure to all things that live there and pass through!
 
The program takes 4 hours to complete, including a half hour for lunch.

Follow-up
Following in a logical sequence from the events of the preparation and on-site components, these activities allow students to apply and share the knowledge they’ve gained. Constructing a mural of South Slough, classroom sharing activities, creative writing assignments, and activities to tie the estuary to their own home are included.

For More Information
Please consult our Teacher’s Guide: Information and How to Schedule a Field Trip for important information regarding your upcoming visit to South Slough.