Updated: Tuesday, September 10 2013, 08:26 AM EDT
Teachers at Jones Elementary School create a "hands on" lesson that encourages kids to be curious and ask lots of questions.
The best part, it involves an educational trip to the Mountain State Fair!
Students aren't just looking at the animals they're observing them. The young field scientists are comparing the characteristics or traits of different animals, then record that information in their science journal.
These observations, combined with library research, will form the basis for a student-created "field guide" for domesticated animals.
To get ready for the trip, the third graders at Jones Elementary have been researching farm animals at school.
One of the goals of the program is to teach the third grade common core writing standards through a focus on science and social studies.
The project is supported through a Fellows grant from the Asheville City Schools Foundation.