Today was G-Game Day. part of our ABC Countdown. Students were invited to bring in a board game to share with the class. I was impressed at how well students were able to explain the rules when teaching their classmates their games!
Today was D-Day, Dig and Get Dirty Day, as part of our ABC Countdown. All second graders paired up to plant a perennial in one of the school gardens. Check out the rain garden habitat, the butterfly garden, and the plants in the circular beds out front to see the new plants! Our planting spot was in the front, so we took advantage of the fabulous weather and wrote about out field trip from yesterday while we took turns planting.
Next we arrived at the Monacan Village a bit early, so we gathered on the steps of an outdoor amphitheater where our guide joined us and told us a bit about the Monocans before we went in the village. The Village consisted of work shelters, a wigwam and a longhouse. I was surprised at how much the students remembered about the Native Americans, as it has been several months since we studied them.
Next we continued another ½ mile on the trail past the Monacan village and stopped at an old saltpeter mine used during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 for collecting raw materials for gunpowder production. We also saw the Lost River, a mysterious underground channel of water that now spills into Cedar Creek, before arriving at the end of the trail where there is a small waterfall. On the way we saw several snakes lounging on the trail wall and in the water.
At the caverns we took a guided underground tour to explore the stalactites and stalagmites that grow from the Canyon room. The best part for some students was when they shut the lights off for a few seconds and we were in complete darkness (except for Grace's glow-in-the dark t-shirt!). After the tour we "mined for gems" in a simulation of how gold mining was done at one time. Each student took home a bag of rocks and gems that they had mined.
Thanks to all 11 parents who helped chaperone and made this field trip safe and enjoyable!
Then students had the rare opportunity to chew bubblegum and attempt to blow bubbles as part of a sensory writing activity!