Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Wednesday in the Woods, December 16th

The day that...
we ate pineapple cake.

During play time, some of us were making cakes out of leaves and sticks and wood. Others were using their time to make forts in their sit spots. Some of us were playing Star Wars! We were pretending to be characters from that movie and Pacman.

We also made bird feeders with pine cones, peanut butter, and seeds! In the second picture, we were counting the pine cones. There were first 21 pine cones and then there were 25! They were hung up on trees. Some of us hung them near our sit spots. Jumping Mouse wonders why a bird would even eat peanut butter?

In this picture, we are eating popcorn. We made them with seeds. We cooked the seeds with fire. It was yummy and good!

Today we made a cake! The ingredients were pineapple, cake mix, oil, and eggs. We put the mix in a pan and cooked it on the fire and then put burned wood on top. We ate the cake at our tables when we were back in the classroom. It was so good and delicious! It's now left in our tummies.

This is a picture of us learning about the sun, moon, and the earth. The sun was a flashlight. Someone was holding it and pretending to be the sun, while someone else was the moon and someone else was the earth. The person who was the earth had a hat over their eyes so that they could not see. Mrs. T. lifted the hat and the earth person had to decide if it was daytime or nighttime. They would know because the sun was bright and the moon was was half, whole, or a quarter.

It was a good, nice day. At the end of the day, we wrote our hopes and dreams for the new year and then threw them into the fire. They could go out of the fire and maybe come true! It was 40 degrees. We felt medium, not too hot, not too cold.

Written by: Jumping Mouse, Beaver, and Raccoon.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Wednesday in the Woods, December 9th

The day that...
We ate oatmeal chocolate chip muffins.

We took the cover off the shelter and we put hemlock boughs on. We cracked ice and took it off the tarp. We threw ice and smashed it on rocks. We grabbed onto sticks when the water was coming so we wouldn't get wet.  Some kids got a little wet anyway.  
In this picture Newt is pointing out x's and y's.  Our letters of the day were x and y and we tried to find those letters in our forest classroom.
In the other picture we used tools to punch the tarp and get the ice down.

Blue Jay raked leaves into 8 piles.  Then he went into the shelter to see what was happening.  Almost everyone helped work on the shelter.  
A few other kids were playing house.  They had a cooking problem and an animal problem.

Blue Jay, Deer Mouse, Newt, Red Squirrel, and Raccoon used a whole building community to build a fort! It was hard work to lift those sticks. They carried three at a time. Some of us told the others where we thought the sticks should go. We put the first two sticks together as a triangle and then we put the others around that point.

Today we went to stations. In one station we were building homes for different creatures. We built them so that there would be a warm place to go in the winter. If people did not have a tent with them, someone could lie down inside. Beaver was laying down and almost fell asleep. We put sticks down first, and then we put on some pine needles. We learned a fancy word: insulation! One of them kind of looked like a leaf pile. Bobcat jumped on it on accident!

In another station, we searched for trees to adopt. We are going to visit them and maybe even water them to take care of them. We were looking for trees with no colorful leaves so that we could watch them change. We couldn't choose a pine tree.

Today was Red Footed Deer Mouse's birthday! Mrs. T lit a match and Deer Mouse blew it out. We were making due with what we had. 
Box Turtle brought in a piece of paper that said it was going to be 42 degrees, but it ended up being 41 degrees while we were out there.

The end.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Wednesday in the Woods, December 2nd

The day that....
We ate applesauce muffins in the rain

Red squirrel discovered some bubbles on a tree.  He doesn't think the bubbles came out of the tree.  He thinks that someone was carrying a soap bottle and it must have leaked out a little.  Deer Mouse thinks it was the rain.  The rain went down the bark of the tree and made bubbles at the roots.  Newt and Northern Shrike think sap was leaking out of the tree and it made bubbles.

Raccoon, Blue Jay, Jumping Mouse, Red Squirrel, Box Turtle, Eastern Chipmunk worked together to crack the ice on split rock.  Deer Mouse went to get help.  We had a full growing community to smack the ice right off that rock. Jumping mouse and Raccoon discovered the ice and decided to chip it off.

Northern Shrike saw ice on this tree.  It felt cold and smooth and soft. 

We played a bat and moth game. The bat had to chase the moth and find it. The person who was the bat had to use their sense of hearing. The bat wanted to find the moth to eat it. Bats have really big ears and the use echolocation to find moths. The moth said "moth, moth, moth, moth."  The people on the outside of the circle were trees.  They said "tree" when someone was getting close to the outside of the circle. Bats are awake at night and they sleep during the day.  That means they are nocturnal.  

These students are listening to and looking at a book.  The book was called Giving Thanks and it was about saying thank you to everything.  After we read the book we said thank you to trees, leaves, and the air. We said thank you to the rain and we said thank you to the ice.  We were trying to make saying thank you a habit.

After we did our work it was time for lunch.  We ate some lunch outside and then some kids came inside to finish up.
A couple of kids stayed outside. 

Jumping mouse is climbing on the wood pile.  It looked like a fort.  Mrs. T and Woodpecker played hide and seek.  In this picture Woodpecker is hiding.

It was 37 degrees out today.  It was cold and rainy outside.  We had to wear gloves and a hat.  It was a wet day and we had fun.

The End

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wednesday in the Woods, November 18th

The day that...
We ate the muffins we made and we made stone soup.

Bobcat and Beaver were making a see-saw.  Others used a see-saw too.  Deer mouse and Raccoon used the see-saw as a weighing staff to weigh things.  The see-saw was made out of some wood bark that had fallen from a tree. One piece was on the ground and the other was balanced on top.

After that, we had snack.  We had muffins.  The muffins were pumpkin.  Some of us might make pumpkin muffins at Thanksgiving too! Or pumpkin pie or pumpkin cake or pumpkin cookies. We made the muffins yesterday!  We put pumpkin in them and cinnamon and sugar. The pumpkin flavor came from canned pumpkins.  The things that make the best muffins are teamwork and good friends.

We made stone soup. Mrs. T told us the story of Stone Soup by the fire. We were cutting, washing, and skinning the vegetables.  It was pretty fun.

In Miss Wetzel's station we read a book.  We read Stone Soup. There were 2 versions of the story that we could choose from.  We talked about how they were the same story but it was a different book and we voted to decide which one to read. In the beginning of the story people shut their doors when visitors came.  By the end, there was a feast and they learned to share and be nice. 
We also moved our bodies to stay warm. We did 10 jumping jacks.

We also rubbed leaves. On the top of the leaf we drew who we wanted to give it to.  We wrote down the person who really helps us.  We chose a person who we were grateful for.  Box Turtle chose her great, great grandfather because he fought in a war. Blue Jay sent it to his mom.  Dr. C will give them to us so we can take them home to give to the people who we are grateful for.

We had a great day. We were cold today! The temperature was 41 degrees.  There was ice out there!  By the end of the day it had melted but we all got to touch it.  It felt cold and smooth and wet.

The End. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wednesday in the Woods, November 4th

The day that...
we pulled the tree out and said heave ho!

During play time today we had popcorn. We had to shake the popcorn maker and hold it over the fire.  The popcorn started out as seeds.  The special name for popcorn seeds is kernels. There is an e AND an r in kernels.  The letters e and r are the new letters we learned this week so we put a kernel in each of our letter baskets. We had muffins at snack and River Otter, Eastern Chipmunk's moms came and Wood Turtle's mom and dad came. There was maple syrup, corn meal, and squash in the muffins.

In this station we had to make the shapes that Miss Wetzel told us to make with sticks. She would tell us what shape to make.  If we needed help we would ask for it and someone would help us.  We made squares, hexagons, trapazoids and triangles.  We didn't do a rhombus but that would have been a good one.  You need 4 sides and 4 points to make a rhombus. You could also use 2 triangles to make one.  Blue Jay said there was one shape that we couldn't make with sticks: a circle.  A circle doesn't have points.  It has curves instead of sides. Like O, octopus, /o/.

A trapezoid! We made a trapezoid in a group. We had to lay down.

In another station we found stuff and we measured them.  We went for a walk in the woods to find stuff that we could measure. We had to walk far. We had to find 4 things and we had to measure them and write it on our chart.  We had to find things that were smaller than the ruler. 

Blue Jay, Raccoon and woodpecker were pretending to be chipmunks with berries in their cheeks so that Beaver and Mrs. T could pretend to be bears and chase them.  The predator was chasing the prey.  To move you said a word and you counted the syllables, and as many syllables as it had you had to walk that number of steps. The predator and the prey took turns saying words. Beaver saved the day by saying her whole name.  All of the prey got to take 9 steps because there are 9 syllables in her name.  

After we did work we had lunch.  After we had lunch we had play time.  Box turtle, beaver, bobcat, chipmunk and river otter were pretending that the stick was an airplane.  They took turns driving in the front.
Red Squirrel was pretending that a log was an army truck because it kind of looked like it was firing a laser.
Some other kids were playing star wars.  The sticks were pretending to be light sabers.

We were saying goodbye to this tree.  It had been there for a long time but we were going to dig it up.  After we went in a circle we gave the tree a big hug and then we dug it up.  We just kept saying "I love you tree". It was a small tree but it was hard to dig up because of the roots.  We had to cut the roots with the shovel to get it out of the ground.   

The tree's trunk was tall and skinny. We wanted to dig out that tree because it was fun.  We discovered the roots!  We have been learning about tree parts.  Roots help the tree stand up.  They anchor the tree. We carried the tree to a big log.  The big log was a grandpa tree.  

It was 62 degrees today.  It felt nice and warm.  
The End.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wednesday in the Woods, October 28th

The day that...
we had pumpkin cookies and hot cocoa.

We played a game about hibernating where we had to do all parts of the season.  One was scurrying around, one was hibernating, one was migrating, and one was adapting.  Adapting is when you change yourself so that you can hang around though the winter.

Jumping mouse was stuck in the pretend "toilet".  He just sat there and he got stuck.  Northern Shrike was helping him out. Newt was playing too.  They were playing mom and dad.   

We were having hot cocoa and we had marshmallows in it.  We had apples too.  We had to earn our marshmallows.  We had a cup and Mrs. T put marshmallows in our cup if we were sitting quietly.  We also did math to figure out how many more marshmallows you needed to make 5.  If someone had 3 marshmallows, they needed 2 more to get to 5. 

 In one station we were talking about The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything.  First we had to take the boots and go stomp stomp.  Then we had to take the pants and make them wiggle wiggle.  The shirt went shake shake and the gloves went clap clap.  The hat went nod nod and the pumpkin went boo boo!  Then they all turned into a scarecrow. We had to make the sounds and you had to wait your turn.  We were following the story. 

In Mrs. T's station we looked at a book about leaves and then we went to find leaves.  We took turns being the leader to find a leaf.  Once we found the leaf, we tried to match it with a tree.  We looked at our leaves and then we looked up to find a match.  When we found a match, we did a leaf hi five.

In this station we had a ruler and we found stuff that we could measure.  We marked how long it was on a chart. Blue Jay and Newt found a stick that was about as long as a ruler. A ruler is 12 inches long.  We measured how long things were in inches and the thing that was the highest was the most inches.

This is the chart we made in our station.

We had pumpkin cookies today.  Dr. C made them because we earned 100 alphabits.  They looked like real pumpkins but they tasted like cookies. Beaver said they tasted like cinnamon too.

We had fun eating the pumpkin cookies.  We are tired.  At the very end of the day it started to rain!

The temperature today was 41 degrees.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wednesday in the Woods, October 21st

The day that...
We Ate Mystery Cake

The first thing we did when we got to our forest classroom was play and build a fire. In this picture, Beaver sat and had to hold on tight.  She was holding on to Jumping Mouse's shoulders.  He was pretending that the big long stick was a ship with a horn and a steering wheel. 

Today we were collecting things that started with the letters 'a' and 'g'.  We thought there were no words that started with 'a' but we found an acorn. For 'g' we found some grass and some green stuff. We also noticed that g-g-go outside starts with 'g'. 

We are sitting by the camp fire.  We had cake for snack. It was chocolate cake.  The mystery ingredient in the cake was z-z-zucchini. Deer mouse guessed it. 

[One memorable quote: "I've gotta have the recipe!"]

This cake was a treat because we earned 100 alphabits.  We get alphabits by doing things that are good, kind and helpful. 

After snack we did some work.  In Mrs. T's station we brought people to trees and they had to guess what tree it was. The person that was blindfolded needed to hold the other person's shoulders.  They felt the tree and the roots with their blindfold on.  Then they went back to the circle and took the blindfold off.  When we took the blindfold off we found the tree.

In this station, Miss Wetzel handed out the cards and we had to find another person with a picture on their card that rhymed with our own card.  We held the cards on our heads so we could find what rhymed with our cards. We read a rhyming book.  It was called Fox in Socks and it was written by Dr. Seuss. We sat by the fire for this station.

We shook out the water on the tarp.  We were cleaning out our shelter and taking good care of our space.  We were doing work. With Miss Wetzel we also tidied up the wood pile.

At the end of the day we did sit spots.  When we went to our sit spots we were calm and quiet.  Blue Jay noticed that the sky was not blue, it was white.  Deer Mouse noticed that more leaves fell off the trees.  Newt noticed a leaf falling off the tree and hoped he could catch it. We did not make a leaf pile today.  Maybe next week, we can. 

The temperature today was 60 degrees. River Otter felt a little warm and cold. Blue Jay felt a little bit not comfy when there were sticks on the ground.  Deer Mouse was warm - even kinda hot.  He was running. Newt felt that way too.

This is the end of our story of the day.  Our blog, pog, frog, fog. log, jog, nog, sog, tog, warthog.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wednesday in the Woods, October 14th

The Day That We Made our First Fire 

It was really fun being out in the woods.  The first thing we did was go to our sit spots.  Red Squirrel noticed that at his sit spot, the sticks were covered up with so many leaves that it was making it hard to see the sticks that he put there.  Turtle saw baby birds calling to their mom.  One student noticed that there were not so many stumps at his sit spot. 

We had a fire outside today. We made a great big fire. We had to get sticks. We needed newspapers first. To start the fire we needed a match.  A match is very hot.  We put things in the fire to see if they would burn. We tried leaves and ferns.  The pine cone took a long time to melt. We could see the fire. Some times it was hard to look at. Blue Jay says when the smoke was going in his eyes, they were burning.  Sometimes we had to move spots to get out of the smoke. We could smell the fire, too.  Our clothes smelled smokey even after we came inside.  By the fire it felt warm.  When the air felt colder, the fire warmed us up. 

In this picture we are cutting up some apples to make apple crisp.  We used the fire to cook with. With a spoon we mixed together flour, oats, and sugar.  Then we put the apples in a dutch oven, put the flour mixture on top, and topped it all with butter.  

We put a pan of apples in the fire to make an apple crisp.  We put some hot sticks on it and then we waited.
When it came out of the fire, it was very hot.  We had to wait for it to cool down a little.  Some kids said they burned their tongues. Some kids did not like the apple crisp and some kids did.

We used the magnifying glasses to look at the leaf.  You don't put the magnifying glass too close. We saw veins on the leaves.  Veins in your body pump blood from your heart.  Veins in leaves pump water and food to the tree.

We put a leaf under our paper and rubbed the crayon back and forth to try to make a leaf picture.  We could see the leaf veins in our pictures.

We don't have a picture of our other station today.  Mrs. T would count and then we would go find things.  At the end we made a poem:

Forest Treasures

Coyote found some bark,  
it has a hole.
Eastern Box Turtle found a stick,
it has a special blue yarn.
Wood Turtle found a stick,
it looks like a key.
Otter found a leaf,
it is yellow and read.
Newt found a wooden circle,
it can roll.
Woodpecker found a leaf, 
It is yellow and black.
Blue Jay found a hammer,
it looks like a hammer.
Jumping mouse found a leaf,
it is very beautiful.
Bobcat found a stick,
it feels rough.
Squirrel found a piece of bark,
it has a little hole.
White footed deer mouse found a big stick,
I think it looks cool.
Chipmonk found a stick,
it has a rope.
Racoon found a leaf,
it has some cracks and holes.

Woodpecker fell down while she was playing.  Some of the other kids were hugging her.  They were being her best buddies.  Being a best buddy means taking care of someone when they need it.  

The temperature today was 60 degrees.  Some of us felt warm and others felt cold.  We wore jackets.  Some kids brought out gloves and mittens but they didn't have to wear them.  

We had fun!