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Ana Hernández Usera Elementary School

February 9, 2016

On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, several educators from the Sea Grant Program offered a workshop on Puerto Rico’s marine ecosystems at Ana Hernández Usera Elementary School in Salinas. Approximately 57 children from fourth and fifth grade received an interactive presentation about mangrove ecosystems, seagrass beds, and coral reefs. During this presentation, the story “El tesoro de Pepe Uca” was read to the students, where they demonstrated their artistic skills. While performing, they learned about the distribution of mangrove trees in Puerto Rico and the necessary conditions for their growth. They also played a game to learn about the importance of seagrasses. In the presentation about coral reefs, various corals were shown to the students so they could see their structure and form. Additionally, they had the opportunity to observe the green sea turtle and the hawksbill turtle. The students demonstrated great knowledge of the mangrove topic because their teacher, Mrs. Maggie Rosas, had already taught them using our guide. On the other hand, these young students had a keen interest in learning about other ecosystems and remained very attentive, carefully observing everything shown to them and asking many questions to clarify their doubts.

During the field trip on February 19, 2016, the students went to Playita Rosada to learn firsthand about mangrove and seagrass ecosystems. There, they rotated through various stations prepared to teach them about various topics related to these ecosystems. The stations included mangroves, seagrasses, water quality, sand composition, and meteorology. The children were happy and very interested in the activities offered. They actively participated in each one, and their learning was evident.

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February 9, 2016
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Autorizado por la Comisión Estatal de Elecciones CEE-SA-16-893

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