Lesson Learned | 5

So, this is about the time I came to the realization that I am burning my candle at both ends. That's an entirely different blog post. Now that things have temporarily settled down, I am playing catch-up with my notes.

This week in outlearning: A roundup of some of our learning experiences
  • Multiply by multiples of 10 & 100 and multiply 2-digit by 1-digit numbers.
  • Participate in 4-H Corn Crib at the Delta Fair.
  • Explore energy, ecosystems, and interdependence, including predator-prey relationships, environmental stability, and the basic needs of plants and animals. 
  • Investigate trophic cascades and how wolves can change rivers.
  • Interview someone for St. Mary's Soup Kitchen Newsletter.
  • Explore biodiversity of an ecosystem at the Hummingbird Migration and Nature Celebration.

Ecology Education at the Delta Fair
Besides working the 4-H Corn Crib, our experience at one of the fair attractions, Wolf Encounter, was the learning highlight of our time spent at the Delta Fair. It fit perfectly with our science topic. I love it when that happens!

The following video, from Sustainable Human, explains how reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone National Park changed the entire ecosystem. It demonstrates what we learned at the fair- How wolves changed rivers. I always say, never underestimate what a county fair has to offer and this is a prime example!

Celebrating Nature and Native Ecosystems
Later this week, we attended the Hummingbird Migration and Nature Celebration in Holly Springs, Mississippi. It was our second year in a row to attend and I was very excited to have an opportunity to participate in completely different events. Among our adventures at Strawberry Audubon Center was a wagon ride through the lands of the preserve.

The tour was guided by a local wildlife and ecology professional (a professor from University of Mississippi, whose name has escaped me), who told the story of the land and described how the Audubon Society is helping it back to its natural state, after centuries of human invasion. This topic was another perfect fit for our science learning. Did I mention that I love it when that happens?!


Lesson Learned | 4

This week in outlearning: A roundup of some our learning experiences
Source: National Endowment for the Humanities

September 1st is 901 Day! We celebrated Memphis at the soup kitchen.

Our first 4-H Project Club Meeting

"If you build it, they will come."


September 4-H Meeting

All 4-H members are encouraged (not required) to complete the following activity and bring it to the next meeting
Create a record of how a honey bee might be working near your home. Your record can be a poster, timeline, short story, movie, or whatever format appeals to you. 
Bee creative! See what I did there. Don't forget, your record should reflect how a bee might be working in your part of the community. In other words, don't create a record of  a bee's life cycle or a history of colony collapse disorder. 
I did it again. Bee sure to incorporate your observations. If you live near a pumpkin patch, your record should reflect that (and not an imaginary apple tree). Remember, you don't have to live near farmlands or an orchard to see bees in action! If you are having difficulties getting started, check out the suggestions below and don't bee afraid to ask for help! 
 Okay, Okay. I'm done... for now.

Short Story Idea
You are a drone bee who is pretending to be a worker bee. For the first time ever, you are spending a day working the nearby land.  

Timeline Idea
Create an hourly schedule of what a worker bee could be doing in your backyard. Do bees take lunch breaks? 

Poster Idea 
During your observations of your neighborhood, did you see wildflowers or a beautiful flower bed? Create a poster that shows a bee collecting nectar from the flowering plants you've seen. 

 **Participating in independent activities between meetings helps reinforce what members are learning, allows the kids to take ownership of the project, and offers diverse perspectives at meetings. At the next meeting, everyone will begin collecting their work in a project journal. Those who complete all of the individual activities will receive special recognition at the end of the project.

Photo: AsapScience
During our September meeting, we learned that this project falls under the 4-H category of Entomology (the study of insects) and Beekeeping. While we will be focusing on honey bees, we will not actually be beekeeping during the 2015-2016 4-H year. After all, it doesn't make much sense to start working with bees before we learn about them!  
We practiced the 4-H Pledge and discussed what it means. We also applied parts of it to our project. For instance, pledging our hearts to greater loyalty, could mean being committed to our 4-H project and being someone that other club members can count on! 
We watched and discussed a BrianPOP video on honey bees and also this AsapScience Video. We will watch these videos and others throughout the project. Feel free to check them out again and again.  This image was a hysterical hit with everyone. It's sure to elicit some interesting conversations about our dependency on honey bees! 

HOORAY for a wonderful first meeting!



Lesson Learned | 3

This week in outlearning: A roundup of some our learning experiences
  • Outline and organize information from expository nonfiction reading
  • Service Project: Toiletry bags for St. Mary's Soup Kitchen
  • Explore the differences between plant and animal cells
  • Understand place values in money- tenths & hundredths
  • BrainPOP: Art Concepts 
  • Create collage art for Delta Fair Art Contest
  • Properties of multiplication

At the library
A really awesome video from Crash Course

Plant Cell Diagram

Fast Facts Poster
I challenged myself to accept our artistic differences.
Sometimes you have to clean our the pencil sharpener.
We also learned that smart girls can play in a pink tree house!


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This week in outlearning: A roundup of some our learning experiences 

  • Review subtraction with regrouping, using numbers up to 100,000,000 
  • Use outlines to organize and improve expository writing.
  • Introduction to 4-H
  • Practice organizing information by date, including presidential birthdays
  • Roller skating (again) 
  • Read expository nonfiction to learn about text features like headings, illustrations, etc.
  • Explore Wolf River Greenway
  • The science of boogers and Fibonacci numbers (free choice, as you might've guessed)

We also added Hermione to our menagerie -- A new friend for Hermes!  

We're still working on the classification.

Happy Birthday to Presidents Clinton & Harrison!

Photo: BrianPOP

Friends from the start!


Lesson Learned | 1

This week in outlearning: A roundup of some our learning experiences 
  • Review place value for multi-digit whole numbers, comparing numbers up to 100,000,000 
  • Practice writing,  using reasons and information to support an opinion 
  • Roller skating and swimming with friends
  • Explore Meeman-Shelby Forest, identifying and classifying local wildlife 
  • Read realistic fiction, emphasizing story sequence and summary of events 
  • Identify reasons and evidence a speaker uses to support points
Opinion piece: My Little Tree Frog



Write, Type, Blog: My Little Tree Frog

This week we explored types of texts and purposes for writing. More specifically, we worked on using reasons and information to write an opinion piece. Though it may not be scientifically accurate and getting her to write (and worse, type!) was no small feat, I'm quite satisfied with the direction this is going. She chose to write about our newly morphed tree froglet, that we brought home from our trip to Missouri.  A little bit of writing, a little bit of typing, a little bit of blogging- a lot of work for my 9 year old!

My Little Tree Frog
Google Images: Green tree froglet
I have a tree frog. His name is Georgie. I found him as a tadpole in Van Buren, Missouri. There are three different kinds of tree frogs that live in Missouri. He could be a Gray tree frog, Green tree frog, or Cope's tree frog. My guess is he's a Cope's tree frog.

Google Images: Gray tree froglet
Georgie could be a Green tree frog if he had golden spots on his back. However, his back is dark green. He could be a Gray tree frog if he had  orange coloring under his hind legs, but his hind legs are grayish green. I don't think Georgie is a Green tree frog or a Gray tree frog. 
Google Images: Cope's gray tree froglet

 After looking at photos of Cope's tree froglets, I think that Georgie looks very similar. He is the same color green and has a black stripe on his upper lip. I believe Georgie is a Cope's tree frog, but I'll have to wait for him to grow to be certain.