The English Class first graders have a class mascot, Oscar the squirrel. Oscar hangs out in the evergreen tree near the fish pond where the first graders meet for their morning circle. Every morning a new fish is added to the fish pond to show how many days school has been in session this year. As you can see, school has been in session for forty five days already. Occasionally fist graders bring gifts to Oscar. The two cards in the photo collage above are such gifts. Because winter is fast approaching, Oscar needed nests in which to sleep and store his food.
Each of four groups covered a balloon with papier maché. After it had dried the children glued sticks and twigs to the outside of the shell of the nest to make it look more natural, Now Oscar the squirrel can choose where to sleep and where to store his food.