We just listened to Idioms (4-#11, 5-#72, Complete-#4) — haha! While I don’t have any stories to share yet this year, I do have a story to share that occurred at the end of last school year.
One morning we were reading in class, and a student returning from the restroom came in yelling, “Turtle!” I thought I heard wrong. But sure enough, when I looked, there was a small turtle right outside our classroom door. The class immediately asked if we could keep it, and even named it before I could scoop it up and put it in a large box.
We found out from our health staff that this wasn’t the first turtle on campus! The local birds (egrets, I think) pick them up from the pond. They can’t hold on them very long, so they drop them.
And . . . here’s where The Walking Classroom comes in. The next day, I found the Food Chains (4-#42, STEM-#33, Complete-#130) Walking Classroom podcast. We took a walk to the pond instead of our usual walking route and returned our turtle friend to his home. Everyone was happy, learned a lot, and got some exercise!
Fourth Grade Teacher
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