We have a wetland right in our backyard! This week, we became our very own forest school and walked over to the Bissett Wetlands for a morning of environmental education.
We began by actively listening to the sounds and drawing them in our journals.
We heard ducks, black birds, water rushing and insects.
Students could spread out to find their place to listen to our surroundings.
Mme Jenifer taught us the difference between bugs and beetles. We made an x for bugs and stood tall for beetles because there is a line down their back where their wings join.
Then we scooped water with our nets to identify the pond life that we found.
We were lucky to have many parents who came to share this experience with us and guide the students in their explorations.
Is there any better way to spend a school morning other than lying on a dock looking at the water?
We talked about being visitors to the wetlands. We needed to respect the place and the creatures we found there. Noah wrote pas toucher in his journal as a reminder to not touch the bugs.
We worked together in small groups and took turns with the magnifying glasses and nets.
We listened to the rushing water and looked for pond life. Students concluded that the creatures preferred to live where the water was quiet and not rushing.
We ended our morning with a choice between representing Andy Goldsworthy’s environmental art in place or painting their sketches.
Inviting the students to choose their activity to wrap up the morning was empowering and calming at the same time.
Look at this nest. It is just waiting for a bird!
We love this teepee too.
What a peaceful morning! We would love to come back.