By Jon Wood
The fourth grade at Fairview Elementary School in Krakow, Wisconsin recently enjoyed a day of learning outdoors. The class had earned an incentive for consistently meeting expectations in the classroom. As a class they came up with the idea of having classes in the school forest for a day.
Since the school forest is on site, it was a reasonable request. “It really wasn’t any more work as far as planning goes.” said student teacher Amanda Juntila. “Instead of the smart board I used portable whiteboards.” In the morning students worked on persuasive writing around the campfire and practiced reading strategies safe and sound in tents. In the afternoon students worked on measurement in math through some fun water balloon activities.
The afternoon also consisted of some treats like fruit smoothies, ants on a log, campfire hot dogs, and pudgy pies. “I never had a pudgy pie before and it was so good,” said one student. Other students said "We should really do this more often!” and “That was the best day of school ever!”.