Looking Up at Trees
Landmark 13 (Travel a Familiar Route)
We enjoyed a walk in the winter woods and laid down in the snow to look up at the trees as a whole group. We listened for sounds and felt the breeze on our faces. We shared 1-3 syllable words, as we lay in the snow, that described what we heard, saw, felt and smelled, to add to a Haiku poem when we returned. Many were amazed by how peaceful looking up at the trees could feel. We watched a squirrel leap from one tree to another, with an incredible last-second grab to a thin pine branch, and anticipated the jump from another black squirrel following behind. The second squirrel was a little more hesitant, and retreated from the branch, then went up and down the tree, a little, checked out another branch, and finally returned to the original jumping spot. Some of us were cheering for it to leap, shouting words of encouragement such as, “You can do it!” It was all very exciting.
After gathering small bits of greenery and bark that were our “treasures,” for future Sun Catchers, we completed our excursion to the side of the field/woods where we explored the Quinzee Huts made by the Grade 8 students at our school. They were enormous! The kids delighted in seeing how many people could fit into one hut and even tested the strength of the huts by climbing on top. Many students wanted pictures taken, which I will attach below. It was such a beauty day, no one wanted to head back inside!
St Catherine CES Gr 3 – February 9, 2022