Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Poetry Night

On the evening of February 13th, my class read original poetry on stage at our local theater, Foundry Hall.  Sometimes, when the stars align, nature study becomes poetry.  Below are a few photos and some of the poems that were shared.  Twenty-seven of our twenty-eight students attended the event with slightly over 200 people encouraging us!  After the readings, students were on hand to autograph their published poems.  It was a lovely evening.  A big thanks to the wonderful people at Foundry Hall for sponsoring this event!

Linus reading his poem

I Am Autumn
By Jada
I feel colder air coming.
I smell pumpkin pie people are making.
I wonder why children jump in my leaves.
I see geese flying south.
I feel the grass dying.
I am Autumn.

I Am Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
By Kalin
I am small
I suck the nectar from flowers.
I spend my winter in Mexico.
I love the sweet smell of woodlands.
I love the summer days.
I am the bright color of roses.
I have greens of all kinds.
I am Ruby-Throated Hummingbird.

Donyea Reading
Ruben Autographing

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Winter Fun!

Dan Keto, Kalamazoo Nature Center, and my class

Off to check out the trails in winter
This winter has included lots of outdoor fun and exploration at North Shore Elementary School!  Every fourth grade class went out snowshoeing with Dan Keto from the Kalamazoo Nature Center (funded by our local Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum).  He gave us a quick lesson on the relative size of the earth compared to the sun (upper photo) and the reason for the seasons.  He also taught us several animal and plant adaptations for survival in the depth of winter.  Students had the added fun of learning how to walk in snowshoes while checking out the backyard woods in the winter!

The following week, my class had the great privilege of birding with Russ Schipper, from the Kalamazoo Audubon Society.  Russ came to our class earlier this year and taught us all sort of cool facts about birds.  We have been studying them on and off all year in preparation for the annual Backyard Bird Count through Cornell University.  Students went out in small groups and listened and identified birds with Russ.  We submitted our findings online to Cornell University.  Learning about birds has included nonfiction reading, charting and math skills and it has sparked a great deal of interest in our fine feathered friends!

A big thank you to Russ, Dan and the Museum!  No doubt Liberty Hyde Bailey is smiling down on these fun and educational projects!