English Class fifth graders are learning about wildflowers that grow in dry meadows and wetter areas in their environmental studies class. On Friday they went on a fieldtrip to a nearby area to practice flower identification by playing a game. The pupils worked in small groups and invented names for their teams.
Points were awarded for the correct identification of plants but pupils also needed to take a selfie (groupie?) with each identified plant. (The photographs pupils took of their plants and themselves will be used later this fall to create a collage of pupils and meadow life forms.) Each team’s collected plants had to be carried along for the duration of the fieldtrip which lasted for one hour.The teams and their results were as follows: The J-men came in 1st place, the 3 Muscoplants placed 2nd and Team Maxperi came in third. After the game pupils used natural materials to create imaginary trolls. This enriching learning experience was deemed a great success by both Ms. Katri and her pupils.