Happy First Day Scientists
Good Morning Watershed Explorers,
Doesn't it feel like we are starting a new school year? I am sure we are all feeling the same set of mixed emotions about all of this, but I think with a little perseverance (not giving up!), we can all succeed. Nothing can replace your teachers, they are simply stated, AMAZING! They change lives. However, know that they are still there for you, even if it is only through technology. They are thinking of you and wishing you and your families well. I too, am thinking of you daily, and sending you as many positive Mrs. Morissette vibes as I can. Stay focused when you can, and when your brain needs a break, take it. Our entire state is in this together and we can be there for each other, even though we can't be together!
I would like to encourage you to take your brain breaks outside. Take a 15 minute walk, ride your bike around your driveway, or just go out on your step or into the yard and listen to the first sounds of spring. I am not sure what each of you has for a daily schedule, but if you need to add in art, science, or physical education the outdoors is a great canvas for all of these subjects. One of the challenges that I set for the Watershed Explorer Program this year was to create a nature critter. You can do this using materials from your yard, such as leaves, sticks, rocks, moss, lichen or other nature items you can discover. If you click the green challenge button on the main menu on the website there is a page that describes the activity. Here are some examples:
This combines science and art together, and it also gets you outside, super win! If you do create your own nature critter, please take a picture and send it to me so that I can post it on the website, there will also be a special prize for you when we can see each other again. I would like to remind you not to use living creatures to create your critter, just non living items please, wink, wink! Also, please don't tear items off living plants, please use only items that have already fallen off and are laying on the ground.
Have a great first day of virtual learning and please stay in touch with any items you would like to share. I would love to hear from you all!