Thursday, May 4, 2017

Green Up

The Forest Day Green Up Day crew was ready to work!

Today we began the morning by finding and telling about something beautiful on the way into the forest classroom. After sit spots everyone needed to take a big walk and look around because there were so many exciting new things happening in the forest! We gathered for morning meeting, weather, snack, and a story. We heard The Wartville Wizard, a funny story about what happened to townspeople who littered when someone finally had enough of picking up their trash—and got a magical power to do something about it! Then the big task of the day began: collecting trash from the surrounding area for Green Up Day. We had willing, strong, collaborative workers. They found and bagged lots of trash from the forest classroom to the field, down Downer Forest Road, and back up to the school. Great work kindergarten! 
The children noticed all the new spring things, being careful not to walk on the ferns, trilliums, and other plants.
observing a trillium

counting the trilliums
finding ferns
seeing a small maple next to a grown maple 
Beautiful things we saw:
a huge white rock
the sky
green forest
the grass
a small flower
a grown-up flower
a half-moon of dandelions
the grass was sparkly
a lot of flowers and ferns at my sit spot
ferns growing out of the ground with a little water
ferns all around my sit spot with white still on them
rocks stacked on top of each other with vines wrapped around them
hearing a story while eating snack in the beautiful morning

Green Up Trash Collecting:

After all that hard work we returned to the forest classroom by the secret path—newly renamed the Trillium Trail! 

Weather Report by Reliable Rabbit:
The temperature at 9:35 is 49º F.
The weather is sunny, cold, windy, blue sky. 
Temperature guesses ranged from 43 to 49 º F.

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