Thursday, November 1, 2012

Many connections

Several classes went to Hancock Shaker Village last week.  The eighth grade gleaned fall vegetables for soup that they will serve at Empty Bowls, their hunger awareness event.  I heard that they worked really hard and practically picked the fields clean!

K-1's were taking a look at farm life in their ongoing study of food and where it comes from. They have already planted vegetables, observed and drawn seeds of many kinds and designed an irrigation system for a farm.  Each student is writing and illustrating a book about farms.

2-3's were there too.  The focus of their exploration was how the Shakers developed and transformed their land. They are studying the concepts of rural, urban and suburban communities and the site proved a very interesting challenge to their understanding of those terms.  A historic scavenger hunt of Troy and mapping the school's property have also added to their knowledge base.  December 13 is Opening Night for an exhibition they will be designing and curating at the Troy Historical Society.

Hancock Shaker Village

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