4th Grade Fieldwork — Clay County Historical Museum

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Recently, fourth grade students traveled to the Clay County Art and Historical Museum and the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit in Hayesville, North Carolina.

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Students spent time learning about native art and crafts of our region as well as trying their hand at basket weaving.

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1st Grade Science — Motion & Forces in The Outdoor Learning Center

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First graders have been taking advantage of the wonderful Autumn weather to take their science studies out into The Outdoor Learning Center.

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Here they are seen observing motion and forces out in the woods and recording their findings in their journals.

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Learning in the Great Outdoors – 6th-8th Charter School Students Go Camping

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This September, Learning Center charter school 6th-8th grade students embarked on a two night, three day camping trip to explore Cherokee history and the great outdoors. While camping in the Deep Creek area, students explored their surroundings in a variety of different ways.

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Students enjoyed a horseback ride through a wooded trail and were able to learn about local flora and fauna. They were taught the basics of horseback safety while exploring the incredible biodiversity of our mountains.

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While at camp, students hiked, waded in the river, found signs of insect and animal life, inspected plants of all kinds, and tried their hand at fishing. In camp, students were taught leave-no-trace ethics and pitched in to set up camp and maintain a safe, clean, and happy community.

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The group ventured out of camp to enjoy a hayride and ride the Smoky Mountain Railroad Steam Train.

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Students Visit Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial

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“The Moving Wall” is the half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for thirty plus years. When John Devitt attended the 1982 dedication in Washington, he felt the positive power of “The Wall.” He vowed to share that experience with those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington.

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Devitt, Norris Shears, Gerry Haver, and other Vietnam veteran volunteers built The Moving Wall. It went on display for the first time in Tyler, Texas in October of 1984. Two structures of The Moving Wall now travel the USA from April through November, spending about a week at each site.

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The Moving Wall was in Murphy October 5 -9, 2017 at Band of Brothers Veterans Park located at 430 Carriage Lane.

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Sixth through eighth grade students visited The Moving Wall.

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These events were sponsored by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Cherokee County Schools NC and Band of Brothers Veterans Park.

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Why are 1st Graders in the Garden?

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Students at TLC aren’t strangers to getting their hands dirty.  Why?  Because gardening engages students by providing a living environment to observe, discover, experiment, nurture, and learn.

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Gardens are living laboratories where our students learn everything from team work to food production and lessons can be taught across the curriculum.  Gardening encourages students to become active participants in the learning process.

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These first graders took time to plant radishes.  However, they weren’t just planting radishes.  They were also learning about energy that plants need to grow. They also deepened their understanding of how plants get nutrients from the soil to grow, flower and produce food.

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While they were in the garden, they snipped dozens of marigold blossoms in order to make garlands to decorate their classroom in celebration of fall harvest season!

1st Graders Spend Time Outdoors Observing Living and Nonliving Things

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First grade scientists recently ventured outside with Ms. Katie, Ms. Becky, and Ms. Emily as they began learning out in the field in The Outdoor Learning Center (TOLC.) They observed and recorded living and nonliving parts of our environment.  They discussed that all living things grow, eat, react, reproduce, and move. Students were fascinated to learn the different ways plants move! They also noted several ways that plant and animals show signs of life by reacting to stimuli.

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Annual 6th-8th Grade Fall Camping Trip Scheduled

While students can learn many things on our campus, we know the world waiting outside offers even more opportunity for rich, engaging, educational experience. Each Fall, students in 6th through 8th grades have the opportunity to go camping as a group. They enjoy the outdoors, learn a little bit about nature, cook on a campfire and share experiences and stories with their classmates in a new setting. This year’s trip promises to be a great one! Make sure your student is signed up before September 15th!

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They should have come home with the above form. If not, you can print this one or pick one up in the front office. Your student won’t want to miss it!

 

 

 

 

Community Resources — Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center

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In May, third grade students visited the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center. They learned about tree identification.  When they returned to school, they teamed up with Ms. Emily and began identifying trees in The Outdoor Learning Center. Students identified many varieties including Peach, Sassafras, Sycamore, Oak and Poplar trees.

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Teachers use community resources like the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center to show students real life applications of things they learn in the classroom.  Of course a student can learn about a tree from a book, but it’s not until they are in the woods learning about leaves, bark, flowers and seeds that they make the deep connections that lead to life long learning.  Community partnerships are an integral piece of your child’s education at The Learning Center!

1st & 3rd Grades Build Garden Fairy Houses Together

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Before school let out for summer, students in first and third grades collaborated to construct fairy houses in the woods. Students found once they built a house they got other inhabitants such as ants, spiders and grasshoppers!
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