Each fall, kindergarten students at Sedge Garden Elementary School "camp-out" to practice curriculum goals.
“We roast marshmallows over a fire pit and talk about how the heat changes the state of matter,” said kindergarten teacher Elizabeth Noell. “We observe what happens to the wood when heat is applied. (Matter can change states.)
“We write/draw about how to roast a marshmallow or what happens to states of matter when heat or cold is applied.
We go on a nature hike and observe seasonal changes; we observe what happens to our garden plants when fall comes; we observe using our five senses and draw what we see, hear, taste, touch, and smell along the way. We use our science skills to observe changes.
“We count and compare objects along our walk – acorns, leaves – and sort colors, shapes, and sizes of the objects.
“We sit in a tent and listen to camp-out stories such as ‘Franklin Goes Camping’ and learn about the title, the author, the illustrator, the main idea of the story, and talk about details in the story using our question words such as Who, When, How, Why, What...
“We re-tell the story parts: beginning, middle, and end. We make connections to our lives that relate to the story.
“With the experience of the ‘camp-out’ day, we use this knowledge in our reading, writing, science and math lessons going forward.”