If you want to make the protein balls at home, this is the recipe we used:
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Check out our time-lapse video as the Yurt goes up!
It was a challenging day, but WE GOT IT DONE!! A special thanks to those who helped that day including Dusty & Leah Overman, Benj Upchurch & his dad, Jim, Michael Whetstone, Lon Drake & Katie Imborek. Also a HUGE thank you to everyone who made donations and helped make this dream a reality! You are the BEST!!!
Lon welcomed us in his home to show us his green house.
He also showed us the bat houses he built, narrow and long to keep out unwanted predators.
Lon talked about how we can discover information about the life of a tree by observing its rings.
Photo copies were given out and students counted rings to discover the tree's age before it was cut down.
I cannot express enough the importance of unstructured play. We've been studying birds and this has clearly informed the imaginations of our students.
They came up with their own game, busying themselves with building nests.
Students chose a species of bird they wanted to be, formed families, and defended their territories.
We have started our new reading curriculum called "All About Reading" with our beginning readers. They seem very excited about the progress chart, activities and using our new alphabet. Thank you to all the parents who donated shoe boxes for this. It came together very nicely and now the kids have a location to work on their letter sounds.
Each letter box is filled with concrete objects (also donated by parents!) containing that letter's various sounds! These boxes are used when introducing and practicing letter sounds and students can then use them as a reference!
We did a lot of sledding this week. It was a bit icy with a few bumps and scratches but lots of smiles were caught on camera.
We are studying dinosaurs this semester but we will begin by learning about modern day dinosaurs - birds! This is a nice tie in to our Forest Friday Unit about birds and flight. This week we had activities in the classroom about the parts of the bird and migration vs. adaptation. We've also began to learn the names of common song birds in Iowa.
On Wednesday, we started our day with a hike and played hide and go seek using camoflauge. We also enjoyed story time at the library. The theme of story time happened to be water and our students were eager to share what they had learned about the water cycle last semester offering comments like, "Miss Sarah, that is called precipitation!" :)
Forest Friday began with a bald eagle soaring over head! We all felt the excitement of seeing this huge raptor. Later, Lon showed us a smaller raptor, the cooper hawk, that he had found dead and preserved. Also, we were able to observe smaller song birds by sitting very still in the trees while Lon spread seed in his drive.