forest friday 4.25.2014

In the morning at our sit-spots, this student built a little bed that was really bouncy. Because they were very long sticks he could go really high and stretch out his legs.

In the morning at our sit-spots, this student built a little bed that was really bouncy. Because they were very long sticks he could go really high and stretch out his legs.

Also during sit-spots this student decided to lay too, because she was tired.

Also during sit-spots this student decided to lay too, because she was tired.

We are cleaning up the woods. Once the snow melted, we found leaves and a lot of sticks on the ground near our shelters. So it was time for spring cleaning. Some students raked the material into "deer beds."

We are cleaning up the woods. Once the snow melted, we found leaves and a lot of sticks on the ground near our shelters. So it was time for spring cleaning. Some students raked the material into “deer beds.”

One student found plants at her sit spot, and told us about it at morning meeting. Here she is showing us the plants.

One student found plants at her sit spot, and told us about it at morning meeting. Here she is showing us the plants.

These girls were selling tacos and cheeseburgers, and some soup. They called it "The Food Station." Later some kids who had been working on the shelter took a break to eat some food.

These girls were selling tacos and cheeseburgers, and some soup. They called it “The Food Station.” Later some kids who had been working on the shelter took a break to eat some food.

We were making a shelter. A kid was dumping leaves from a net to fill up cracks in a wall.

We were making a shelter. A kid was dumping leaves from a net to fill up cracks in a wall.

This student was raking up leaves. This student was the project manager for this shelter. He has been working on it for at least three days over the last couple of weeks.

This student was raking up leaves. This student was the project manager for this shelter. He has been working on it for at least three days over the last couple of weeks.

This student is working on the house so no bad guys could get in. It was kind of a weapon.

This student is working on the house so no bad guys could get in. It was kind of a weapon.

After snack we split into smaller groups for projects. One group was looking for plants, or green things. We found lots of plants, they were kind of small. We found a bunch of things that have a red stem and the leaves are green. We were looking for living things.

After snack we split into smaller groups for projects. One group was looking for plants, or green things. We found lots of plants, they were kind of small. We found a bunch of things that have a red stem and the leaves are green. We were looking for living things.

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After we found plants, then we found bugs, one looked like a little tiny skinny worm and the other looked like a beetle. To find animals,  we talked about where they might be...underground and under rocks. And that is where we found them.

After we found plants, then we found bugs, one looked like a little tiny skinny worm and the other looked like a beetle. To find animals, we talked about where they might be…underground and under rocks. And that is where we found them.

When we found an animal, all the kids huddled around close together. This student said "I'll just back up once I see it, so everyone else can have a turn."

When we found an animal, all the kids huddled around close together. This student said “I’ll just back up once I see it, so everyone else can have a turn.”

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Another group was working on cleaning up the shelter a little bit. Then people started taking out the seats and cleaning up under the seats. We moved all the leaves out of the shelter so we could have more room to walk and it would be much more clean.

Another group was working on cleaning up the shelter a little bit. Then people started taking out the seats and cleaning up under the seats. We moved all the leaves out of the shelter so we could have more room to walk and it would be much more clean.

Another group was looking for buds. This student tied a piece of fabric around a branch. When we go back we can see the same branch.

Another group was looking for buds. This student tied a piece of fabric around a branch. When we go back we can see the same branch.

Mostly we found beech buds, this one was near maple trees. We'll watch it until it turns into a leaf, and be sure what it is.

Mostly we found beech buds, this one was near maple trees. We’ll watch it until it turns into a leaf, and be sure what it is.

Mrs. Minnucci was reading a story when it was lunch time. It was sort of a long book about foxes. The author took pictures of the foxes and they were real. This author, Mary Holland, also wrote Naturally Curious, one of our favorite books.

Mrs. Minnucci was reading a story when it was lunch time. It was sort of a long book about foxes. The author took pictures of the foxes and they were real. This author, Mary Holland, also wrote Naturally Curious, one of our favorite books.

Some kids are sitting on a stick so we can have more seats at the fire-pit, so they didn't have to sit on the ground. It was a flexible stick.

Some kids are sitting on a stick so we can have more seats at the fire-pit, so they didn’t have to sit on the ground. It was a flexible stick.

We found a mouse nest made of some things we put out in the forest. There was some colored wool in it we had left out for birds.

We found a mouse nest made of some things we put out in the forest. There was some colored wool in it we had left out for birds.

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forest friday 4.11.2013

This morning we colored pictures to be place-mats for the Listen Center dinners and David's House. The fifth graders were doing a community service project that we all helped out with. In the end our school was able to donate $500 to David's House.

This morning we colored pictures to be place-mats for the Listen Center dinners and David’s House. The fifth graders were doing a community service project that we all helped out with. In the end our school was able to donate $500 to David’s House.

After sit-spots a student waved his wand so the others could turn into animals. Today they turned into predators and hunted the teachers to the fire.

After sit-spots a student waved his wand so the others could turn into animals. Today they turned into predators and hunted the teachers to the fire.

At morning meeting out in the woods we were saying what's different. We noticed more changes of spring today, for example it was pretty muddy, and the stream was pretty full and loud.

At morning meeting out in the woods we were saying what’s different. We noticed more changes of spring today, for example it was pretty muddy, and the stream was pretty full and loud.

This student was checking the thermometer, it was a kind of warm temperature. It was 58 degrees outside. To us it felt "medium," "like spring," "half cold, half warm, because I saw snow and it felt warm," "really, really warm," and "cool."

This student was checking the thermometer, it was a kind of warm temperature. It was 58 degrees outside. To us it felt “medium,” “like spring,” “half cold, half warm, because I saw snow and it felt warm,” “really, really warm,” and “cool.”

After morning meeting we spent some time writing on plastic Easter eggs, because we were making them for Mrs. Bradley's class, because they left treasures for us. If an egg already said "-it" then we added a "b" to make it say "bit." If an egg already said "-at" we might add "b" to make "bat" or "r" to make "rat."

After morning meeting we spent some time writing on plastic Easter eggs, because we were making them for Mrs. Bradley’s class, because they left treasures for us. If an egg already said “-it” then we added a “b” to make it say “bit.” If an egg already said “-at” we might add “b” to make “bat” or “r” to make “rat.”

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These two friends found a little, tiny bug under some bark. They wanted to show a teacher, so they asked her to come see it. They didn't pick it up because they knew that where it was was the best place for it. They looked at it for a minute and then they put the bark back on it

These two friends found a little, tiny bug under some bark. They wanted to show a teacher, so they asked her to come see it. They didn’t pick it up because they knew that where it was was the best place for it. They looked at it for a minute and then they put the bark back on it

Here students were building a house. A few of them worked for a long time without stopping.

Here students were building a house. A few of them worked for a long time without stopping.

We found two different examples of really different colored rotting wood, one was really read and one was blueish green. Hmm, interesting.

We found two different examples of really different colored rotting wood, one was really read and one was blueish green. Hmm, interesting.

One student didn't want the stream to go, she wanted it plugged. Some people were there first and liked how it was running really fast and loud. One student thought the sound of running water was like music. So they worked it out so that the stream did not get plugged. Some students found a different place to plug it. It was the most helpful when students explained to each other why they wanted it to flow or why they wanted it to be dammed.

One student didn’t want the stream to go, she wanted it plugged. Some people were there first and liked how it was running really fast and loud. One student thought the sound of running water was like music. So they worked it out so that the stream did not get plugged. Some students found a different place to plug it. It was the most helpful when students explained to each other why they wanted it to flow or why they wanted it to be dammed.

Today was Mrs. Teachout's birthday, her seven more than twenty-third birthday.  Her husband came to surprise her with flowers, and their dalmatian. We also had popsicles to celebrate spring, 100 alphabits and Mrs. Teachout's birthday.

Today was Mrs. Teachout’s birthday, her seven more than twenty-third birthday. Her husband came to surprise her with flowers, and their dalmatian. We also had popsicles to celebrate spring, 100 alphabits and Mrs. Teachout’s birthday.

At the very end of the day we hid the Easter eggs. Do you think Mrs. Bradley's class will know it was us, or think it was the Easter Bunny?

At the very end of the day we hid the Easter eggs. Do you think Mrs. Bradley’s class will know it was us, or think it was the Easter Bunny?

forest friday 4.4.2013

First thing in the morning a reporter arrived to videotape us about Forest Friday.

First thing in the morning a reporter arrived to videotape us about Forest Friday.

The mother, father and brother of a student joined us today, like they do for a lot of Fridays. They gathered a lot of dry sticks for us so we could make a hot fire.

The mother, father and brother of a student joined us today, like they do for a lot of Fridays. They gathered a lot of dry sticks for us so we could make a hot fire.

Here we are holding a bag to filter the sap Mrs. Bradley's class gathered from our buckets. Then we put the sap over the fire.

Here we are holding a bag to filter the sap Mrs. Bradley’s class gathered from our buckets. Then we put the sap over the fire.

Then some of us went off to look at our sap buckets to collect our sap. There was sap in the buckets.

Then some of us went off to look at our sap buckets to collect our sap. There was sap in the buckets.

A student was dumping sap into a bucket, and her friend was holding the funnel so we didn't spill it all over.

A student was dumping sap into a bucket, and her friend was holding the funnel so we didn’t spill it all over.

Then they switched jobs at the next bucket.

Then they switched jobs at the next bucket.

Here someone shows us how much she likes that sap!

Here someone shows us how much she likes that sap!

Here we are feeling what the temperature of the water was.  This was a sign of spring, that the water was running in the stream. In the background you can see  Charlotte, she is a reporter from Vermont Public Radio.

Here we are feeling what the temperature of the water was. This was a sign of spring, that the water was running in the stream. In the background you can see Charlotte, she is a reporter from Vermont Public Radio.

 A student was walking and heard water, and he thought it was the water from the pond. But he got down to the snow and put his ear to the snow and he heard water, so he started digging and then he saw water. He found a stream under the snow!

A student was walking and heard water, and he thought it was the water from the pond. But he got down to the snow and put his ear to the snow and he heard water, so he started digging and then he saw water. He found a stream under the snow!

We found a worm where we were being little beavers and making a dam. A worm is another sign of spring, the worm was wiggling around.

We found a worm where we were being little beavers and making a dam. A worm is another sign of spring, the worm was wiggling around.

Here is a student stacking blocks together because she was counting them. These are math treasures that Mrs. Bradley's class left for us. This equation was 12 + 2 = 14.

Here is a student stacking blocks together because she was counting them. These are math treasures that Mrs. Bradley’s class left for us. This equation was 12 + 2 = 14.

Another student did a lot of the math treasures too, he thinks this one might have been 10 + 2 =  12.

Another student did a lot of the math treasures too, he thinks this one might have been 10 + 2 = 12.

 

We got a chance to taste the syrup that we had boiled down.  It tasted so yummy, it was sooooo sweet!

We got a chance to taste the syrup that we had boiled down. It tasted so yummy, it was sooooo sweet!