October 29, 2012
VA students see geological concepts firsthand on
Indian Ladder Trail
Earlier this month, Van Antwerp Middle School
sixth graders hiked the Indian Ladder Trail at
Thatcher Park. They were guided by their science
teacher, Mrs. Postlethwait, who made connections
to student learning in earth science by
describing the geological history of the area.
She talked about concepts such as stratigraphy,
erosion, fossilization, the nature of limestone,
seismic activity and the impact of glaciers.
Students had an opportunity to ask and answer
questions. This activity allowed them to connect
their learning in the classroom to one of the
most geologically significant sites in our