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May 9, 2014

Chalk Talk

General Myer Elementary School

Lorraine Draeger’s and Susan Ford’s classes recently visited the Sierra Vista Public Library on a field trip. The students are now very excited about the library’s summer reading program; many were inspired to get their own library cards. They were shown around the library and learned a lot.

Draeger plans to take her class to the Bisbee Museum as they are studying rocks and minerals this quarter. The museum has a rock collection on loan from the Smithsonian Institute. They also have a real life-sized dump truck. One can take a virtual drive, and dump a load in it.

The class also intends to go to the San Pedro River. Here one can view some of the 350 different bird species that call the river “home.” They will also collect microscopic creatures in the river water to study and walk around Kingfisher Pond to see the many different types of ducks and turtles that dwell in the pond ecosystem.

Students from Mindy Lee’s third grade class are exploring the keyboard. Each class will play, as well as continue learning music theory through Quaver, music forms, notation and dynamics.

Choir will be ending soon and there will be an awards party for each group. A DVD will be out soon that has the choir performances from the year.

Students just completed the tryouts for the talent show which will be May 20 at 1 p.m.

Colonel Johnston Elementary School

The Colonel Johnston Elementary School second grade classes of Fatima Baeza, Danielle Weinberg, Laura Howell and Pam Smith went on a field trip to the Gray Hawk Nature Center to discover more about the desert ecosystem and the delicate balance of nature in the area.

Naturalist Sandy Anderson, her assistant, Kathy Carlson, and Liz, the resident work camper, hiked with the students throughout the San Pedro riparian area, an outdoor environment where the students observed, explored and learned about the habitat of many native desert mammals and reptiles.

Anderson shared live specimens with the students, who were able to view a Gila monster, several types of snakes, roadrunners and hawks at close range. The children fed the chickens and turkeys, and checked out the tiny baby mice that were the snakes’ diet. The students held a corn snake and a large boa constrictor, Squeezer.

Along the hiking trail Anderson and her assistants instructed the second graders about desert plants, animal and bird prints they found, dams the beavers built and different types of scat. Students learned about the water table and realized how important our San Pedro River is for the cottonwood trees growing along its banks. These trees are important habitats for the migrating birds that flock to this area.

The students listened to the different birds chattering in the beautiful cottonwood trees and appreciated the wonder of the world around them.

Learn more about the Gray Hawk non-profit facility at http://www.grayhawknaturecenter.org/.




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