Day 2 of camp presented another round of fun and learning!
We started the day off with 4 stations, and split the group up into four teams of four students each. We spent roughly 10-15 minutes per station. The stations included the tepee, where the students spent time working on a packet of worksheets about the life cycle of salmon and the Nez Perce tribe, a beading station where each child made a bracelet or necklace with their name or initials, feather beads, and an assortment of other beads of their choice, a sidewalk chalk station where the kids expressed their artistic abilities, and finally, a puzzle station, where we all worked together to recreate a seashell picture.
Next, Miss Sherry read a book with the kids about Salmon. After she finished the book, Miss Vicki read an excerpt from Deirdre Abrams’ book with the students about the salmon’s maturation, from alevins to juveniles, and the path of their journey to the ocean.
After the reading concluded, the students made magnetoreceptors to replicate one of the ways the salmon navigate to and from the ocean. They used a shallow bowl, water, a piece of cork, and a magnetized needle to form a simple compass.
The students were then given about 15 minutes for free reading, meditation, or working on the puzzle.
Lunch was once again a meal of salmon and chicken, with a side of salad, and strawberries with whipped cream for dessert.
Our fish was donated by Blaze, one of our students. He and his grandfather caught the fish 🎣 just outside of McCall.
After lunch the kids learned about watersheds and ecosystem interconnections. They made their own watershed model and drew a diagram to show the interconnections between abiotic and biotic elements in one of the six aquatic ecosystems.
The students continued to work on their storyboard for the life cycle of a salmon, as they will for the rest of the week.
We also continued to learn about the Nez Perce tribe, and discussed one of their highly important figures, when we talked about Chief Joseph.
The students were also told the legend of coyote and the swallowing monster.
All in all it was a great 2nd day, and we can’t wait to jump into day 3 tomorrow!