I have been busy today with lots of back-to-back events – including tonight – so I apologize for not writing my own post. BUT this one from a new blog I started following sparked my interest. It relates to “Getting Through Grad School” because it is a reminder that lessons can start from anywhere (including your community). There should not be stress to find real-world examples of what you’re learning, just reach out to the world around you. Field trips are always fun experiences and bringing experts to your classroom works just as well!
Yesterday a representative from Bering Land Bridge National Preserve came into our class to teach us about our ecosystem and the animals that live in it. She read us the story North: The Amazing Story of Arctic Migration. We learned about why certain animals live in cold climates, migrating patterns of arctic animals, and how animals survive and find food in the arctic.
Then students took turns picking an animal from a method of migration and deciding if they lived in the arctic or not. They sorted the animals by arctic animals and non arctic animals by taping the picture of the animal to the picture of the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. We finished off the lesson with a song sung to the tune of If You’re Happy and You Know It. The title of the song was If You Live in the Arctic.