4th Grade Science — Minerals

Recently, fourth graders headed outside to The Outdoor Learning Center to study rocks and minerals. They examined different rocks and minerals and used properties such as streak, color, luster, hardness and breakage in order to identify each by name.

Checking in on First Grade Fairy Houses

First graders have been working on their fairy houses in The Outdoor Learning Center busily since school started this year. Kindergarten, First and Second grade students all have fairy houses. It’s becoming a fairy village!

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This ongoing project affords rich educational opportunities for these young students.

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Imaginative play, self-directed skill building, sharing spaces and cooperation, engineering and construction, are just some examples. Plus, Ms. Emily is always sure to include science as part of the exploration.

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These fairy house may seem like all play . . . but much is being learned in the process!

1st Grade Outside — Introduction to Fairy House Project

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First graders recently learned that they would be building fairy houses in The Outdoor Learning Center as part of their science studies.  After locating forest resources and ideal locations they created the beginnings of unique homes in the local trees.

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Students will be working on this project for several weeks as they troubleshoot building techniques, learn how to use basic tools for secure construction, explore design principles – including incorporation of the golden ratio in their design, and try out some sustainable building techniques such as building out of clay or cob.

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1st Grade Science — Tree Identification

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First graders have been learning about trees. Part of their studies has included leaf rubbings as a means to learn about tree identification.  The fact that these students got to be in The Outdoor Learning Center and our own forest setting made the lesson even more meaningful!

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Taking note of the unique colors each species turn in the fall was fun. Sassafras was a favorite because the tree has three different leaf types.

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2nd Grade Outside Checking on Their Work

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You might remember that these industrious students spent time in The Outdoor Learning Center last year building fairy houses. Science teacher, Ms. Emily, gets all of her students outside as much as possible because the forest is an extension of her classroom.

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As students built these fairy house last year, they learned about the native flora and fauna found on our campus. They also learned about construction, design and trial and error!

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They’ve recently been checking on their fairy houses and deciding on repair, reconstruction or expansion ideas.

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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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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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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!