by Hazel Stark
Since the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, I have been taking 3rd and 5th-graders at Milbridge Elementary School outside each week during “Thursday Forays” to learn about nature. In the fall, the 3rd-graders created their own field guides to the different living things they observed around the school and recorded data about their phenology observations. In the winter, they experienced winter adaptations.
This spring, they were excited about paying attention to phenology again and sharing what they observed in a radio show, The Nature of Phenology, I produce as a volunteer for WERU-FM. They practiced their observation, writing, and reading skills outdoors all spring and on May 9th we sat under a spruce tree together behind their school where I recorded them sharing their writing.
Their 5-minute radio feature aired on Saturday, June 15th, 2019. You can find a link to listen to the episode and read the transcript here.
Thursday Forays in Milbridge during the 2018-19 school year were entirely funded by the Cobscook Community Learning Center’s Transforming Rural Experience in Education (TREE) program, which you can learn about here.
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