Saturday, September 23, 2017

Forest Friday, September 22nd

These are pictures of our journals from the morning.  Students helped to write the words by listening to the sounds in words and writing the letters that we have learned so far (t, b, f, m, and n).

This is a picture of our sit spot time.  We go to a spot that is all our own and observe what is happening around us.  When we go back to the fire to meet as a whole group we share something that we have noticed with one of our five senses.

During play time we were finding little creatures again.  There were a lot of salamanders!  We are practicing how to hold them carefully.  Some of us helped hold the creatures together.  Next week we are hoping to practice our careful handling of the creatures with a lesson with bugs!

For snack, Mr. Sadowski took us through the garden to collect beans.  We pinched the ends off and put them over the fire.  Some of the beans were green and yellow.  Some of the other beans were purple and magic.  After we boiled the beans we found that there were no purple beans in the pot!  Just like magic, the purple beans had turned green.

After play time we went to stations.  In Miss Wetzel's station we made patterns with different materials around the forest.  After copying a few patterns that Miss Wetzel made we got to make our own!

In Miss Robinson's station we went on a scavenger hunt to find different things around the forest!

In Mr. Sadowski's station we worked as a team to find different objects.  We made lots of collections and practiced listening to one another.

Even though it was warm we were a little cold in the forest.  It was only sixty degrees when we went out!  It was a fantastic day.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Forest Friday, September 15th

Here are some photos of our morning journals! Everyone is working to add many details to their illustrations.  They also used realistic and careful coloring.  Students helped an adult with their sentence by listening for the letters in words that we have learned this week (t, b, and f).

We found more creatures today.  Worms, salamanders, and frogs oh my! Many students were exploring the woods to find these creatures during their play time today.

We were lucky enough to have corn for snack.  We cooked it over the fire and added some butter and salt.  Everybody tried it and liked it!

Students tried outdoor learning stations for the first time today.  In Mr. Sadowski's station students made collections of treasures in the forest including rock crystals and colorful leaves.  In Miss Robinson's station students listened for sounds in the forest and then tried to copy and recreate those sounds.  In Miss Wetzel's station students created their forest names that they will have for the rest of the school year.

We also read a little more about corn.  From popcorn to corn on the cob we have had such delicious snacks so far!  

Here are some favorites from the forest today:
“I liked when I was up on the rock in my sit spot. I saw a butterfly and a salamandar.” ~Magnificent Moose
“I liked playing with the teachers.” ~Mannered Meadow Vole
“I love trees that grow very high to the sky.” ~Relaxed Red Fox
“I like hiking up the hill.” ~Energetic Eastern Newt
“I loved the corn.” ~Bubbly Bobcat

We are looking forward to another fantastic day in the forest next Friday.

Friday, September 8, 2017

First Forest Friday, September 8th

The day that...
we ate popcorn!

Here are some of our forest journals from today.  We drew pictures of what we were hoping to see when we went into the forest.  An adult wrote our words.  We are working on adding details to our pictures.

On our way up we stopped at the amphitheater.  We learned that we should not run in the forest.  We also learned that we are careful with our friends. 

Here we are around the fire.  We were sharing about what we noticed in our new sit spots.  We also got our forest animal names today!

This is Barred Owl on the left.  He found a worm!  He thinks it's adorable. It was on the ground and it was broken.  He thinks it will grow back.  A lot of us found worms in the forest today!

During play time we played with a rope.  You can use it to climb up a big rock.  The rope helps you get up and helps you get down.  Some of us played with friends and climbed trees.  Some of us climbed big rocks.

For snack we had popcorn!  It popped!  We cooked it over the fire.  It tasted good.  It's the world's greatest popcorn!

We walked back to school in a line without any issues.  We also stayed in our spots.  We walked back inside nice and quietly.

It was a good day.  We used sticks but we made sure we didn't point them at other people.  We are still practicing how to use sticks safely in the forest.

Written by the students of KW!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Final Forest Friday, June 9th

The day that...
we said thank you to the forest.

Students wrote great entries in their journals this week!
"I hope to see a butterfly."

"I hope to roast s'mores."

Mrs. T visited and brought her kids to play with us!  We were so surprised and happy to see her.

We ate a lot of yummy food.  We made popcorn and to celebrate our last day we made s'mores with jumbo marshmallows!

In our sit spots we said thank you to the forest.  Some of us said thank you for the beautiful rocks while some of us said thank you for the fresh air and trees.

It may have rained on us, but we had a lot of fun on our last day.  

We had a great year in the forest.  We loved playing, cooking, and learning about nature!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Forest Friday, June 2nd

The day that...
we made pasta and found crystals.

At the beginning of the day we had our spelling bee in our classroom.  We had cardboard on our tables that made sure that we couldn't see another person's paper.  It looked like a desk. It was fun for some us!

This is Reliable Raccoon's journal.  He wrote "I hope to see fox scat."  His words match his picture.  There are spaces between his words so it is easier for us to see them.
This is Wise White Footed Deer Mouse's journal.  He wrote "I hope to see some toads."  He put spaces between his words and he colored inside of the lines.
This is Brave Barred Owl's journal.  She wrote "I hope I see a Scarlet Tanager."  She put spaces between he words.  She also has a lot of details in her picture.

This is Alfonso.  He sings a pizza song.  He sounds just like Maximo from GoNoodle!
First we squished the dough with our hands.  Then we flipped the dough and kneaded it.  Then we used a machine to flatten the dough.  On the other side of the machine, we put the dough through and it cut it into strips.  We hung the pasta on a string.  Then we cooked the pasta on the fire in a pot with water.  We put cheese and butter on the pasta before we ate it all up!
The pasta was really good!  We liked it.  

It was kind of cold outside.  It was around 60 degrees today.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Forest Friday, May 19th

The day that...
we had asparagus and pepperoni.

This is Engaged Eastern Redback Salamander's journal.  He put spaces between his words.  His picture matches his words.  His picture has really great details.
This is Brave Barred Owl's journal.  She wrote "I hope I see a hummingbird."  She started her sentence with an uppercase letter.  She put a period at the end of her sentence.  
This is Nice Northern Shrike's journal.  He wrote "I hope to see a salamander."  He used realistic colors in his picture.  The tree is really good.

These friends are carrying several lunches.  In this picture Brave Barred Owl, Selfless Snowy Owl, and Responsible Red Fox were carrying the lunches.   Bubbly Black Bear and Enthusiastic Eastern Newt were also carrying lunches.  Other friends were carrying water and our forest toilet.

Wise White Footed Deer Mouse is wearing Mr. Sadowski's hat.  Bugs were flying around his head and the hat kept them away.

During play time some of us were making fairy houses by the brook.  We made beds and a pool.  Some of us were making holes in the brook and making the water flow faster and slower.

We had vegetables and pepperoni for snack. Some of us helped to make the fire.  We needed fire to cook!  It was very easy to cook.  Wise White Footed Deer Mouse helped.  He was very safe when he used a knife.   The pepperoni was a little spicy.  The asparagus was very yummy!

In Miss Wetzel's station we were doing math.  We were working with the tricky teens.  There were cards that had numbers on them.  Those cards matched other cards that had the same number in a double ten frame.  It was good. 

This was from Mr. Sadowski's station.  We made log houses.  We had to be kind and fast.  We worked together!  This is the boys' house.  

It was seventy two degrees outside.  It was kind of hot.  We had so much fun!  It was a good day.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Forest Friday, May 12th

The day that...
it was super muddy.

This is Sweet Snowshoe Hare's journal.  She wrote "I hope to see a cardinal bird."  It has spaces which helps us see the words.  
This is Engaged Eastern Redback Salamander's journal.  He wrote "I hope to see a hole."  He wrote this in the morning and then found one when he went outside!
This is Cheerful Chipmunk's journal.  He wrote "I hope to see a fox."  His sentence has good spaces and his picture matches his words.

Wise Woodpecker and Warm Woodland Jumping Mouse found fiddleheads!  We noticed that there were a lot of baby fiddleheads.

During play time we went to the brook.  We had fun there.  Reliable Raccoon and Bubbly Black Bear found a crystal while they were there.  Some of us were building a fairy house.  Others were building a dam with rocks and leaves.

Responsible Red Fox found an acorn sprout.  It had a green sprout coming out of the side!

Engaged Eastern Redback Salamander found a large hole!  We wonder how it got there.  Some of us thought a bear lived there.  Mr. Sadowski told us that the roots were growing over a rock and that eventually the tree tipped over because it wasn't so sturdy.

We made grilled cheese for snack.  We used bread for the bottom and top and cheese in the middle.  Mr. Sadowski cut each sandwich into four pieces.  Everybody got to eat two pieces of grilled cheese.  It tasted great and delicious!

In Miss Wetzel's station we were doing math problems.  Bubbly Black Bear and Selfless Snowy Owl used five leaves to show how many dots were on the five frame.  The card tells us that 5+0=5.
We know other equations too!  3+2=5 and 4+1=5

In Mr. Sadowski's station we were finding different types of leaves.  We found maple, oak, white pine, beech, and hemlock.  It was fun.

It was a very fun day.  It was warm out today.  It was around 60 degrees.