Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Day 3- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade

Today at Felege Hiywot IUPUI taught a wonderful group of 7, 8 and 9 year olds about ecosystem studies. They introduced the concept of a food web through instruction and observation.

The students participated in a reading of Jump, Frog, Jump! and brainstormed what familiar organisms might eat to survive.  Then they used binoculars and magnifying bug catchers to observe the different life forms inhabiting Felege Hiywot.  They compiled their data by drawing pictures of their discoveries on large pads of paper.  Then we discussed the concepts of producers, consumers, herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores, and how all of these categories exist together in ecosystems.  The campers drew arrows between the organisms and their food, creating food webs that showed the interconnectedness and complexity of ecosystems.

Everyone had a fun morning and come away with a new understanding of how important all organisms are to the greater whole.

Next we played outside for about an hour! We all played dodge ball, soccer, catch, and freeze tag!

When we moved inside, the campers started singing camp songs while waiting for lunch.And for lunch we had a delicious taco casserole and salad!

Then the nurses from Community Healthy taught the kids about the new "My Plate" which replaced the food pyramid this year. After explaining why the pyramid was changed, the nurses talked about the importance of being healthy and staying active!

To end the day we read to the kids three books, When You Give a Pig a Pancake, The Giving Tree, and The Day I Became a Pirate. We also had a brief time for reflection!

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