Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Our class had the opportunity to visit The Grove this week as we kick off our Native Americans unit. Students traveled back in time to what life would have been like for Native Americans of our area. Students were immersed in the natural environment as we ventured through The Grove’s beautiful landscape. On the way, we were shown native wildlife of our area, as well as plants and animals that were especially important to surviving as a Native American. Next, we ventured in to a Native American longhouse. Here we saw exactly how Native Americans worked together as a tribe. From there, we were able to play a few Native American games, create some hemp jewelry, and practice some essential skills like grinding corn and starting a fire.
How do you think you would survive as a Native American? If you had the chance, would you wish to go back and live like they did? What was your favorite part of the trip? Share your thoughts below!
Friday, October 17th, 2014
We spent some time today making observations and predictions about the prairie right outside our window. The Wescott Prairie was planted in 1992 in coordination with the Chicago Botanical Gardens. A controlled burn will be taking place soon, in which experts will come and burn certain parts of the prairie to help it continue to grow and thrive. See if you can plant the perfect prairie ecosystem by following the link below. What do you think is important in creating a successful prairie ecosystem? Let us know what you learned!
Friday, October 10th, 2014
Today in Science we got an up close look at honey bees as we created our Bee Sticks. Students were able to explore and examine dried honey bees, observing their bodies under a magnifying lens. Afterwards, we created Bee Sticks that we will experiment with next week.
Be thinking about how these honey bees will connect to our Wisconsin Fast Plants. How do both the bees and the plants work together to survive in the wild? Make some predictions in the comments section below!
Monday, September 22nd, 2014
We talked in class today about how you have used a blog in first or second grade. Share some of your favorite blogging ideas or suggestions that we might be able to try out this year. What could we do with our blog to help our learning grow? Leave your answer in the Comments section below. I’m excited to see what you have to say!