Big Backyard is a series of nature walks around the Fiske school and adjacent lands that enhances the existing science and social studies curriculum in each grade. BBY walks emphasize observation, learning to ask good questions, problem solving, and respect for the natural environment – plus, they are a lot of fun!
BBY walks take place during the school day. The theme of each walk is coordinated with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks to support what your child is learning in the classroom. The success of the program depends on parent volunteers. To get involved, please contact the Fiske PTO at firstname.lastname@example.org and look out for communications from your classroom Teacher and Room Parent(s) announcing BBY dates and requesting volunteers.
Basic Training is conducted in early September to provide an overview of the program and a review of basic environmental science principles. Fran Ludwig and Karen McCarthy, K-5 Science Coordinator, lead the training. For more information, contact Karen at email@example.com.
Grade Level Training is conducted prior to each walk. Supplemental resources, including written walk guides with detailed directions, are available below.
Important note: All parents who work with children in the Big Backyard program must have an active/approved CORI form on file with the Fiske Main Office to participate in walks. CORI checks are good for 3 years.
Guides for the Grade 4 walks will supplied by the teacher.
Walk Training Videos
Video Link (links to Lexington Public Schools admin website)