Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lifetime Hobbies Club Trail Camera Trip

This last Friday, July 22, Katie (our theater teacher) and I took two members of the Lifetime Hobbies Club on a hike in the Uinta Mountains. Our purpose was to do some maintenance on a trail camera I’ve had on a tree for several months. It’s motion sensitive and takes a photo of anything that walks by. I’d been told that bears sometimes eat trail cameras, so I bought a metal security box to put on the camera, and I figured it was probably about time to change batteries and to swap out memory cards so we could see what animals we’d gotten photos of.

We had a great hike into the camera site, but unfortunately found we were too late with the security box. The camera was gone – somehow removed from the cable lock that held it to the tree - either chewed off by a bear or cut off by some mean-spirited person.

While we were sad about the missing camera we still had a great hike and enjoyed our time in nature. One of the highlights of the trip was when Katie and I both felt like we were in the opening scene from “The Sound of Music”. When when we mentioned it Brian started spinning around just like in the movie, while we sang the opening lines of “The Hills Are Alive”. It was also fun being led on an adventure through some thick vegetation by Joe. It really felt like we were jungle explorers.

We’re hoping to go back with another trail camera and put it in a more remote location -with a security box and cable lock. The previous camera got photos of bears, moose, elk, cougars, and other animals. - Chad

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Lorax and World Geography

A few weeks ago, the World Geography class participated in a story telling activity.  Each week, we discuss at least one theme of geography.  There are five themes: location, place, human-environment interaction, movement, and region.  On June 13th, we focused on human-environment interaction with a Dr. Seuss story The Lorax.

If you have never read this story, it really is a cute one.  In a very subtle way, it discusses how we are inter-connected and that humans and their environment do interact whether for the positive or for the negative. The last page of the story ends with a bit of a cliff-hanger, giving one character a charge. When I ended the book, the students promptly wanted to know what happened next.  Did he do it or not?  I asked them to tell me what they thought and write their own ending to the book. When they were done, the students picked the best story ending in the class to be posted here.  Congratulations to Madison for being selected.  Here is her story:

The body walks miles and miles away.  So far that the smog is gone.  He finds lots of land with water and clean air.  Plants the last seed then the Lorax appears. 
"Dear boy, your heart is pure. You're restoring what was taken.  You are the new protector."

The boy asked the Lorax to go find all those that were forced to leave.  They are welcome here. This land is safe, from axes and those who want to cut the truffla trees.  This land is clean.  We will stay here and help the forest grow.  After a long time, the old home land will be clear then the forest can spread all the way back to the homeland.

Watch for more updates about what the different Social Studies classes are doing!!

Students that participated: Kathlene, Cody, Emily, Ray, Austin, Deborah, Nick S., and Madison