Learning in the great outdoors
Alizay Pezza, Linda Hernandez, Anna Barbara Diaz, Alexis Gonzales, Virginia Serrano, and Nicole Allen look for organisms during Fresh Water Ecology.
Floresville North Elementary School fifth-graders, 125 in all, took to the hills of the Texas Hill Country when they traveled to Camp Honey Creek in Hunt, to enhance their learning in the great outdoors. This is the third year that FNES has made the trip to Camp Honey Creek for their students to learn about science as well as enhance their math and reading skills. Students not only are involved in hands-on activities, they also record data in their camp journal. Back at school, students and teachers can then use the data recorded to further their studies. Students went in two groups, Sept. 24-26, Team Holman, Manak, and Simpson and Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Team Lansdale, Naranjo, and Smith. Several staff members went along to help, including first-grade teacher Jamie Hawn, third-grade teachers Sarah Bauer and Frank Soriano, fourth-grade teachers Daidra Chilek, Natalie Henke, and Terry Garza, fifth-grade teachers Johnda Lansdale, Melissa Naranjo, Jennifer Smith, Dorothy Holman, Patti Manak, and Tonya Simpson, RTI Math Specialist Kendra Burks, and Assistant Principal Laura Bippert.
The students spent three days and two nights in the Texas Hill Country, participating in many great learning activities, such as plant ecology, fishing, freshwater ecology, a digital vocabulary activity, geo-caching, and hiking.
Students got to go back into time while participating in Change Over Time, looking at sedimentary rock and fossils. This year one of the students found a huge gastropod and another one found a sand dollar. Two amazing finds! Our Math Measurement Challenge proved to be a fun activity as well. Canoeing was an exciting adventure for our students. The Team Challenge Course involved students pulling a classmate up a telephone pole 42 feet in the air; the student being pulled can stop at any time and count down and start their swinging. While swinging they get an exhilarating ride and a terrific view of camp. The camp staff also allowed our students the opportunity to look through their telescope, called “Luther.” Owl Prowl gave students the chance to search for the infamous screech owl.
It was an exciting two weeks of camp and watching the students learn outdoors and have many of their first experiences. The fifth-grade teams and teachers would like to thank the parents and community for their support of this learning endeavor. We especially would like to thank the following sponsors for their donations toward camp: State Farm Insurance, Mark Brown; H-E-B; Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union; BRM Construction; and FNES teachers and staff.