How do birds adapt to the foods they eat? Maple teachers Maria Valvoda, Kerry Spencer, Bobbie Jo Freeman, and Kelly Chiappone didn’t want to just tell their third graders how, they wanted to show their students how. They designed an innovative lab competition where students competed against one another using different instruments to replicate various bird adaptations.
Maple 2nd grade students took part in the “Experience Ohio” program through the Lake County History Center. The students visited the 1824 Western Reserve frontier where they baked johnnycake on the hearth of an 1813 log cabin, carried out children’s chores, recited traditional school house lessons in a one-room school and took home a hand dipped candle of their making. This is experiential learning at its most dynamic. With the help of these amazing volunteers, our students left with an appreciation of hard work, and perseverance while they compare the present and the past.