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MHS Elementary Students Learn About Writing Through Experiential Learning

This week, Milton Hershey School fourth-grade students enjoyed the end of summer by visiting one of the farms on campus to pick and taste peppers as part of an experiential learning exercise.

The elementary students completed a diagram to compare, contrast, and describe the taste of each pepper they tried. They took photos and evaluated their comparisons in writing when they got back to the classroom.

“The students brainstormed descriptive words for everything they saw, smelled, tasted, touched, and felt,” said Christine Halliday, a fourth-grade teacher at MHS. “A multi-sensory activity like this gets students excited about writing. Fourth-graders find it easier to make the connection between their five senses and the kind of descriptive writing we’re looking for from them.”

Through the school’s Agricultural and Environmental Education (AEE) program and STEAM curriculum, MHS students have various opportunities to investigate their world and solve problems through hands-on learning.

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