Thursday, April 2, 2015

Watch the Eagles!

Today we had some time to learn about one of the top predators in Pennsylvania, the bald eagle. In math class we completed a graphing activity, and one of the favorite animal choices was the bald eagle. After we surveyed our friends and made bar graphs, pictographs, and line plots using the results, we had a chance to watch the live eagle nest cam from Codorus State Park.

Did you know the following fun facts:

1. Female eagles are actually bigger than male eagles.
2. The eagles don't actually sit ON the babies, the nestle around them and cover the babies to protect them.
3. The adult eagles don't always feed the baby eagles when they bring food back to the next.
4. The eagles' nest is about as wide as Mrs. Bair is tall! That's over 6 feet.

There are many more amazing facts you can learn about bald eagles by checking out the webpage with the live eagle cam! You can view it by clicking here!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Protect the Wetlands - 4!

Over the course of the last two months, we have been learning about ecosystems, food chains, and the delicate balance that's found in the environment. During the last few weeks, we put it all together while learning about a specific kind of ecosystem: the wetlands. Using what we learned, each student had to decide which claim they wanted to support in a writing piece and podcast. The claims where that everybody should protect wetlands or that wetlands should be developed for buildings and more usable space. Take a listen to hear what Aleisha, Jed, Dean, and Damien have to say on this important topic!






Protect the Wetlands - 3!

Over the course of the last two months, we have been learning about ecosystems, food chains, and the delicate balance that's found in the environment. During the last few weeks, we put it all together while learning about a specific kind of ecosystem: the wetlands. Using what we learned, each student had to decide which claim they wanted to support in a writing piece and podcast. The claims where that everybody should protect wetlands or that wetlands should be developed for buildings and more usable space. Take a listen to hear what Natalie, Gracin, Hunter, and Ryan have to say on this important topic!





Protect the Wetlands - 2!

Over the course of the last two months, we have been learning about ecosystems, food chains, and the delicate balance that's found in the environment. During the last few weeks, we put it all together while learning about a specific kind of ecosystem: the wetlands. Using what we learned, each student had to decide which claim they wanted to support in a writing piece and podcast. The claims where that everybody should protect wetlands or that wetlands should be developed for buildings and more usable space. Take a listen to hear what Emma, Bradley, Chris, and Calder have to say on this important topic!





Protect the Wetlands!

Over the course of the last two months, we have been learning about ecosystems, food chains, and the delicate balance that's found in the environment. During the last few weeks, we put it all together while learning about a specific kind of ecosystem: the wetlands. Using what we learned, each student had to decide which claim they wanted to support in a writing piece and podcast. The claims where that everybody should protect wetlands or that wetlands should be developed for buildings and more usable space. Take a listen to hear what Makayla, Austin, Andreas, and Cole have to say on this important topic!






Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The State Capitol

On Friday, February 6 we had the chance to visit Pennsylvania's state capitol and state museum. The students of the Bair's Den did an amazing job representing themselves and Elizabethtown, and we learned a lot along the way!

We started in the newly updated Welcome Center at the state capitol building. The kids got to try their hand at voting on a bill, played games to identify many different facts about the state, learned more about the capitol complex, and had the chance to learn about the people and facts that make Pennsylvania unique.

Then we moved on to our tour of the capitol. After an introduction in the beautiful rotunda, we had the opportunity to visit the Senate, the State Supreme Court, and the House of Representatives. We were all very impressed with the beautiful artwork that represents Pennsylvania, and we all wished we could get our hands on some of the gold. Did you know that it would be impossible to build our state capitol today because it is priceless?

After lunch in the capitol, we walked over to the museum. We had the chance to see beautiful artwork by Pennsylvania artists that was put on display for Governor Wolf's inauguration. There were historical villages, cars, and artifacts to see. And we all loved the third floor where we got to see the amazing animals of Pennsylvania!

Pennsylvania is definitely a fantastic state, and we are lucky that we live close enough that we have the opportunity to visit our state capitol and see the information we've learned in action.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Wait - You Need to Read to Play Hockey

Sometimes we have a hard time understanding how grown-ups use different skills in their real lives. We often think that we're just learning about things because we need to know them for "the test" - GASP!!! But last week we found out that is not the case.

We talk a lot about how our parents use math and reading in their real lives, but on January 22, Connor Carrick, a Hershey Bears defenseman, was here at Bear Creek to tell us that even hockey players have a lot to read. They have many plays that they need to learn, there are schedules to follow, and there are events that they have to go to that require them to read speeches or different books.

Connor did a great job reading the book Snowflake Bentley to us, and he answered many of our questions about his life and playing hockey. While we still know that some of what we learn is for the test, this reminded us that even playing professional sports means you have to know how to read!