Grand Mesa Middle School hosts "Great 8th Debate"

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Eighth-graders at Grand Mesa Middle School are combining subjects in the form of debate.

The students have been learning about natural selection in science, and backing up claims with evidence in language arts.

They each researched an animal, and have to make the argument why it is best fit to survive in its natural environment.

The debate is organized in a bracket, with volunteers and school staff judging the arguments.

The goal is for the 8th graders to learn life skills, beyond just studying for a test.

“It’s really easy, especially in the eighth-grade mind, when you leave one classroom, to put up a wall, and separate that from the next subject. So by having these cross-curricular units, it really solidifies this information for kids," said 8th Grade Teacher, Britny Walker.

Over 100 students started off in the debate bracket, and they are down to 50 Thursday.

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