Chester Elementary 5th grade science

September 11, 2012 2:08 p.m.  •  0 comments

Chester Elementary fifth-graders study worm anatomy in their science class. A science curriculum originated by district teachers and administrators has added more hands-on elements and upped test scores in the Central Valley School District.

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Caelah Cutlip, 11, wrinkles her nose as she examines a red wriggler worm pulled from a bin of compost in her fifth-grade classroom, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Chester Elementary.

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Students in a fifth-grade class study worm anatomy by shining a light through a petri dish with a worm in it in a fifth-grade classroom, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Chester Elementary.

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Lily Allen, 10, watches a worm wriggle around her fingers in her fifth-grade classroom, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Chester Elementary.

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Teacher Annette Lamon, center, looks at worms with students in her fifth-grade classroom, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Chester Elementary.

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Dozens of intertwined worms are pulled from compost in a fifth-grade classroom, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Chester Elementary.

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The eyes of Caelah Cutlip, 11, widen as she examines a red wriggler worm pulled form a bin of compost in her fifth-grade classroom, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Chester Elementary.

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Sean Cox, 10, watches a red wriggler worm react to droplets of water in a fifth-grade classroom, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Chester Elementary.

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Tristen Mulligan, left, and Stephen Coe, right, search for worm in a scoop of compost in their fifth-grade classroom, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Chester Elementary.

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Christian Anderson, 10, digs for worms in a lump of compost in his fifth-grade classroom, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Chester Elementary. At right is classmate Jacob Easton, 11.

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