Our E2 students took a short bus ride to Salem's Waikiki Beach on Winter Island Monday. The group explored the rocky and sandy shores looking for evidence of animal life, to determine animal adaptations as well as inherited vs. acquired traits.

Students also learned about food webs that exist within the ocean and how energy is passed from one organism to another, starting with energy from the sun. They learned about species that are diminishing, as well as invasive species such as the Asian Shore Crab, and how people are trying to balance out the population. Some chefs are even putting Asian Shore Crab on their menus!

This field trip connects to Carlton's year-long Ocean theme as well as E2's science unit on life cycles and adaptations. Other recent in-school work on life cycles and adaptations seen in the photos at the end of the gallery.