Learning by doing with Summer Adventures
The Summer Adventures program at Nevis School is enhancing student learning by taking what they learn in the classroom into the community.
The popular program was fully enrolled before school ended. Each week is built around a fun theme that engages learning. A total of 91 students participated in the first week session and 85 students the second week.
First graders learned how to make their own ice cream in a bag, did ice cream cone fractions and read books about ice cream. They also learned about sharks.
Second graders learned about gardening by planting seeds in egg cartons and watching them grow. They also painted clay pots and planted marigold flowers in the pots to take home and had a unit about camping.
Fourth and fifth graders learned about natural resources. Students collected and identified leaves, learned about orienteering, wrote stories about animals and learned about food webs.
They went to the Nevis School Forest to explore and learn about animal tracks, scat, types of plants and more. The unit concluded with learning about how to survive in the forest by building shelters and finding water and food.
The theme for the second week was cooking and sports. The kids made lemon, banana creme, and chocolate pies and pancakes. They also learned to play cricket. And they did lots of math about baseball in preparation for the Twins game, where the Twins beat the Cleveland Guardians 1-0 at Target Field.
Students in grades 6-8 learned about geography during the first week of classes. The unit concluded with a trip to Taylor Falls to explore Interstate State Park and see the glacial potholes and an excursion to the Franconia Sculpture Garden. The theme for the second week was sports. Students practiced basketball, gaga ball and kickball. They worked on baseball statistics in preparation for the Twins game.