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West Salem Elementary “rocks” and “rolls” Tools for Schools award

West Salem, WI (WXOW) – This month’s Tools for Schools winner is quite literally going to rock and roll. That’s because West Salem second grade teacher Anne Skaar will use the $750 dollars from SSE Music, Brenengen Auto and Dependable Solutions to create a lesson using rock tumblers.

When considering how to take a hands-on approach to teaching about erosion and geology, Skaar said she tapped into one of her own childhood hobbies.

“Kids are fascinated by rocks. Something as simple as a stone in their driveway or something they find on the playground, and if you can tap into their natural interests and what they’re excited about, it makes science so much more meaningful.”

Skaar said she’s always looking for innovative ways to make science education more interesting for her kids. And when it comes teaching about erosion and geology, an interactive lesson could take some time.

“Basically what a rock tumbler does is it speeds up the process of nature. What takes wind, water and sand thousands of years to accomplish with a rock can be done in a very short time with a rock tumbler, like a months time.”

Skaar added that she should be able to purchase rock tumblers for six classrooms as well as books to accompany the lessons.

WXOW, SSE Music, Brenengen Auto and Dependable Solutions choose one teacher or classroom each month as our tools for schools recipient. You can find the application here.

Dustin Luecke

Dustin Luecke anchors News 19 Daybreak weekday mornings.

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