Archive for September, 2008
4th/5th grade wrote about the Native American legend about the Douglas Fir cone. They made comic books retelling the story.
The Native American story is sometimes told like this…
Long, long ago there lived a mouse in the forest.
The mouse was fearful all day and all night, for the sly fox always tried to catch him and eat up him.
The mouse was very clever and was able to hide from the fox for a long, long time. But one day, he let his attention wander, and before he knew it, the fox was right there!
The mouse was very scared and ran off as fast as he could. But he knew the fox was faster, so frantically he searched for a place to hide.
He spied a cone that he thought was big enough to hide him, so he scurried inside. Well, he was hidden well enough that the fox couldn’t find him, but really the cone was too small.
And to this day, you can see the hind legs and the tail of the mouse sticking out from the Douglas-fir cone, where he is STILL hiding from the fox!
What an exciting field trip on only the 2nd and 3rd day of school! What better way to learn about native northwest plants than to walk to nearby Seward Park and go on a scavenger in the forest? The 4th and 5th grade will be learning a lot about native plants, native trees, and invasive plants with new garden coordinator Anthony Warner. To see the cards used for native plant identification on the scavenger hunt go to http://wnps.org/education/resources/plantid_cn.html
The plants the students looked for were:
Salmonberry, Thimbleberry, Oceanspray, Stinging Nettle, Sword Fern, Indian Plum, Dull Oregon Grape, Tall Oregon Grape, Common Miner’s Lettuce, Trailing Blackberry, Salal,
Trees: Western Red Cedar, Red Alder, Douglas Fir, Pacific Madrone, Big Leaf Maple
Invasives: English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry