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What We Learned: The Burritos

From the Upper Elementary & Middle School Class 2017-18

What we learned...

Mythology

  • Coyote fights a lump of pitch (White Mountain Apache)
  • The great race (Cheyenne)
  • The flying head (Iroquois)
  • How the people got arrowheads (Shasta)
  • Coyote takes water from the frog people (Kalapuya)

  • How coyote got his cunning (Karok)
  • Why the hare turns away (Ewe)
  • The quillwork girl and her seven star brothers (Cheyenne)
  • Coyote kills the giant (Flathead)
  • Grandmother spider steals the sun (Cherokee)
  • The hare and his ears
  • The fox and the leopard
  • A fish story (Teva)
  • How the crow came to be black (Brule Sioux)
  • How the leopard got its spots (Central Africa)
  • The sparrows’ gifts
  • How the first letter was written
  • Coyote steals the sun and moon (Zuni)
  • When grizzlies walked upright (Modoc)
  • The meeting of the wild animals (Tsimshian)
  • The white dawn of the Hopi (Hopi)
  • How the rhinoceros got his skin
  • Origin of strawberries
  • A toad to reckon with (Japan)
  • Pushing up the sky (Snohomish)

  • Pan the goat-god (Greek)
  • The man and the muskrat (Africa)
  • The sing-song of old man kangaroo
  • People brought in a basket (Modoc)
  • Hermes tricks Apollo (Greek)
  • A man who could transform himself
  • Butterflies (Papago)
  • The shake brothers (Brule Sioux)
  • The Earth dragon (Northern California Coast)
  • Doing a trick with eyeballs (Northern Cheyenne)
  • The neglectful mother (Cochiti)
  • The beginning of the armadillos
  • How the snake got its hiss
  • Why the dog always chases other animals (Iturri)
  • Why monkeys live in trees (Ewe)
  • The voice, the flood, and the turtle (Cabbo)
  • How the whale got his throat
  • The dog and the shadow
  • The dog and the oyster
  • The dancing monkeys
  • The bee and Jupiter
  • The bat, the birds, and the beasts
  • How the camel got his hump
  • How mosquitoes came to be (Tlingit)
  • The cat that walked by himself

Language Arts

  • Connotation / denotation
  • Gustav Klimt, Vincent Van Gogh, Yayoi Kusama, Piet Mondrian, Giuseppe Arcimboldo
  • “The soft things” by Holly Haworth
  • “White foot” by Wendell Barry
  • How to research
  • Negative capability
  • “Julie of the Wolves”
  • Settings
  • People / characters
  • Discussion, questions, responses
  • Alaska mapping
  • Ekphrasis

  • Pantoom
  • What is Barrow?
  • Punctuation
  • Its and It’s
  • Thanksgiving history
  • Writing assignments
  • Direct address
  • Narrative Reporting
  • “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • Metaphor and simile
  • “I have a dream” by Martin Luther King, Junior
  • “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
  • Commas and conjunctions

Math

  • Fractions
  • Dividing, multiplying, adding, and subtracting fractions
  • Multiplication tables
  • Lattice
  • Array method
  • Expanded form
  • Algorithm
  • Division
  • Place value
  • Exponents
  • PEMDAS (order of operations)

  • Pie charts
  • Decimals
  • Multiplying and dividing decimals
  • Square roots
  • Polygons
  • Geometry
  • Technical drawing and scale drawing with the Dream School project
  • Math games
  • Brain puzzles
  • Fraction bingo
  • Skeedoodle
  • Speed multiplication
  • Math jeopardy
  • PDF graveyard
  • Sudoku

Coyote School

  • Species guessing game
  • Watched and listened to the Oven bird
  • “A Sand County Almanac” by Aldo Leopold
  • Made Floyd county almanacs
  • Coyote challenges
  • Quiet coyotes
  • Eagle eye
  • Your only safe if…
  • Archaeological dig with Will Bason

  • Towhee game
  • Bird calls
  • Built a fire
  • Sense journey
  • Plant ID
  • Sumac lemonade
  • White pine needle tea
  • Plant drawing
  • Watched Dakota 38 documentary
  • Visited Red’s tree sit
  • Tutelo cutter lesson

Journals

  • The first Thanksgiving
  • I have a dream
  • Chasing coral
  • Sip for peace
  • I really want to…
  • February’s done.  I wish…
  • It was hard to come back because…

Geography

  • Home ground terms
  • Root wad
  • Drumlin
  • Braided stream
  • Tillage
  • Mainland

  • Desert
  • Cranny
  • Krummholz
  • Gulch
  • Gumbo
  • Breathing cave
  • Watershed
  • Mapping
  • Water flow
  • At your home
  • Creeks of Floyd County
  • Globe “Traveling”
  • “Chasing Coral” documentary
  • Land marks game
  • Coral reefs

  • Landmark mapping
  • Place names
  • “Trace: memory, history, race, and the American landscape” by Lauret Savory

In Art Class...

  • Drawing
  • Spirit animals
  • Hydro-dip

  • Patterns
  • 3-D
  • Paper Blooms field trip
  • Birds
  • Warm colors
  • 2-D
  • Cool colors
  • Found object sculptures
  • Paper mache
  • Decorating our names
  • Rainbow art
  • Paper flowers
  • Collage

  • Art about community
  • Sketchbooks
  • Re-painted school signs
  • Clay
  • Flower of life
  • Painting
  • Cutting
  • Puzzle pieces
  • Rock paintings
  • Gluing

In Yoga Class...

  • Savasana: relaxation pose
  • Partner yoga
  • Breathing better after yoga
  • "I feel more awake after yoga!"
  • "I got better at downdog."
  • "I feel clearer after yoga."
  • "Yoga wakes me up!"
  • Teambuilding activities
  • Breathing techniques
  • Yoga tag
  • Crag soccer
  • How to mingle and get along with others
  • Hot to listen

In Mindfulness Class...

  • Finding the space between the breath
  • You can find happiness in simple things
  • The ability to ignore an unwanted distraction
  • I have improved since last year
  • How to block out thoughts and be in the present moment by embracing them and letting go
  • I practiced mindfulness more this year and wrote more in my mindfulness journal
  • How to calm myself down
  • Alternate nostril breathing
  • How to throw my thoughts into the trash can
  • Eye yoga
  • You can do mindfulness in any moment

What We Learned: Black, Fire-Breathing Pythons

From the Middle Elementary Class 2017-18

We Learned...

  • Stomp rockets
  • Geography
  • Teamwork
  • Native American tribes and culture

  • Woods games
  • Heiroglyphics
  • Character development
  • Mandalas
  • Songs
  • Multiplication
  • Fractions
  • Division
  • Capitals
  • What if questions
  • Computer reading
  • Word problem writing
  • Riddles

  • Punctuation
  • Subtraction
  • Poetry
  • Scientific method
  • Rolypolys
  • Area
  • Perimeter
  • Grief
  • Countries
  • Letters to authors
  • Monster project

  • Angles
  • Game making
  • Spanish
  • Ojibwa and Cherokee languages
  • Computer math
  • Pipelines
  • Time
  • Encouragement
  • Parts of speech
  • Addition
  • Native American games
  • Writing
  • Myths
  • Myterious Benedict Society

  • Odes
  • Haiku
  • Regions of pre-politcal US
  • Trees
  • Engineering
  • Building
  • Handwriting
  • Diamente poems
  • Organization
  • Native American tales
  • Spelling
  • Rounds
  • Dia De Los Muertos

  • Bread baking
  • Scrabble math
  • Finger knitting
  • Percussion
  • Rhytyhm
  • Reading

  • Brainstorming
  • Rough drafts
  • Cooking
  • Art
  • Mindfulness

  • Research
  • Here Comes Sally
  • Johnny Appleseed
  • Applesauce
  • Sugar skulls
  • Games
  • Camelia Senensis
  • Pre-algebra
  • Rat care
  • Tea

  • Stories and tales
  • Peace in different languages
  • Red (the person)
  • Flower making
  • Shelly's pens
  • Drawing
  • Friendship
  • Measuring
  • Tree ID

  • Respect
  • Minor (the person)
  • Morse code
  • Geometry
  • Accrostic poems
  • Comic writing
  • Venn diagrams
  • Our feelings

In Art Class...

  • Drawing
  • Spirit animals
  • Patterns
  • 3-D
  • Paper Blooms field trip

  • Birds
  • Warm colors
  • 2-D
  • Cool colors
  • Found object sculptures
  • Paper mache
  • Decorating our names
  • Rainbow art
  • Paper flowers
  • Collage
  • Art about community
  • Sketchbooks
  • Re-painted school signs
  • Clay

  • Flower of life
  • Painting
  • Cutting
  • Puzzle pieces
  • Rock paintings
  • Gluing

In Yoga Class...

  • Owl, Tree, Mountain, Flying Eagle, Dolphin, Star, Bridge, Super Hero, Lotus, Blooming Flower
  • Savasana: resting pose
  • Teambuilding games
  • Obstacle courses
  • Bones in the Backyard game
  • Yoga tag, free yoga tag, flag tag
  • Partner yoga
  • More complicated yoga poses
  • Stories and books
  • Peace in different languages
  • Musical yoga mat game

In Mindfulness Class...

  • How to stay in the present moment
  • Thank you for a wonder filled year
  • How to sit really long
  • How to sit still and be quiet
  • How to concentrate
  • How to be calm after sitting
  • Improved confidence
  • Thinking about actions before I do them
  • How to calm my mind down
  • How to be more peaceful

What We Learned: Magical Flying Basilisks

From the BMS Early Elementary Class 2017-18

What we learned in our own words...

In Art Class...

  • Drawing
  • Spirit animals
  • Hydro-dip
  • Patterns
  • 3-D
  • Paper Blooms field trip
  • Birds
  • Warm colors
  • 2-D
  • Cool colors

  • Found object sculptures
  • Paper mache
  • Decorating our names
  • Rainbow art
  • Paper flowers
  • Collage
  • Art about community
  • Sketchbooks
  • Re-painted school signs
  • Clay
  • Flower of life
  • Painting
  • Cutting
  • Puzzle pieces
  • Rock paintings
  • Gluing

In Yoga Class...

  • Sending peace out to the world
  • Mr/Mrs Spider game
  • Flying eagle pose
  • CAT, CHID, sleeping pose, downdog
  • Group yoga
  • We still have fun even when we learn to be calm
  • Camel and Opening the Heart
  • Elbow tag, yoga freeze tag, and flag tag
  • Breathing buddies
  • Reading books
  • Savasana: resting in peace
  • Balancing our time, balancing the world
  • Om Shanti
  • Teambuilding games

In Mindfulness Class...

  • Mindfully eating cookies is a good thing
  • Tea is delicious
  • I am doing much better meditating than past years
  • Being mindful is the key to being relaxed and having fun
  • How to eat cookies and be mindful
  • Sometimes when you sit it can be boring but real fun at the same time
  • It doesn't mean galloping around -- being in the present moment is having a good time

What We Learned: Golden Turquoise Swooping Owls

From the BMS Early Learning Class 2017-18

This year we learned...

  • How to be patient (waiting for the 100th day)
  • Numbers
  • Lots about reptiles

  • No punching or kicking
  • Running the Holiday Store
  • How to make trail mix
  • 100th Day glasses
  • Creating marble tracks
  • Chicks have an egg tooth

  • How to write what we couldn't write
  • Games are stretchy
  • Everything is made of stardust
  • Most of you is made of water
  • If you build it, you can break it
  • You wear shoes in the woods

  • Ask first
  • How to read
  • How to take turns
  • All about bodies!
  • Sharing
  • Drawing
  • The Kingdom of Wrenly (all 13 books)
  • Junie B. Jones
  • We are kind
  • Adding
  • Subtracting
  • Money
  • Shapes
  • Patterns
  • Measuring
  • All about birds

  • Puppets
  • Baking
  • Helping others
  • Making a stage
  • Putting on plays
  • How to make bird puppets
  • Ask before you take
  • Listen to the speaker
  • Grown ups are helpers

In Art Class...

  • Drawing
  • Spirit animals
  • Patterns
  • 3-D
  • Paper Blooms field trip
  • Birds
  • Warm colors
  • 2-D
  • Cool colors
  • Found object sculptures
  • Paper mache
  • Decorating our names
  • Rainbow art
  • Paper flowers
  • Collage
  • Art about community
  • Sketchbooks
  • Re-painted school signs
  • Clay
  • Flower of life
  • Painting
  • Cutting
  • Puzzle pieces
  • Rock paintings
  • Gluing

In Yoga Class...

  • New yoga poses
  • Outside yoga
  • Parrot pose
  • Turtle Tree pose game
  • Stories and yoga
  • Flower pose
  • Lots of games...they are fun!
  • Tree, Mountain, Snake, Bridge
  • Park Ranger game
  • Yoga freeze tag
  • Flag tag and Elbow tag
  • Partner yoga
  • "I got to calm myself better!"
  • Breathing buddies
  • Calm time
  • Woodchopper breathing

In Mindfulness Class...

  • It's a place where you only sit and have no other responsibilities
  • It's like sitting in a flower garden smelling all the flowers
  • The top thing in mindfulness is fun

What We Learned: Shiny Inchworms

From the BMS Early Childhood Class 2017-18

What We Learned In Our Own Words...

  • Crows say caw
  • When you put seeds in the soil and you water it and wait for a couple of days they grow.
  • Ask them for a game and play with them and they will be your friend
  • How to pull up my pants
  • I made birds with clay
  • Plants grow from using water

  • Clay birds break easily
  • A crow goes caw-caw
  • Friendship is good and nice
  • Playing Elsa and Anna
  • When the light blinks it's 5 minutes til clean-up
  • About a deer and hawk
  • You have to water the plants
  • Paddington was good and silly.
  • Plants need water and worms

  • How to read the journal and bag names
  • Plants need water, soil and sun
  • The book about Paddington was a little different than the movie.
  • How to share
  • Birds flap their wings up and down to fly
  • Flowers grow up and tall and need space
  • Helping friends feel better

In Art Class...

  • Drawing
  • Spirit animals
  • Patterns
  • 3-D
  • Birds
  • Warm colors
  • 2-D
  • Cool colors
  • Paper mache
  • Decorating our names
  • Rainbow art
  • Paper flowers
  • Collage
  • Art about community
  • Re-painted school signs
  • Clay
  • Flower of life
  • Painting
  • Cutting
  • Puzzle pieces
  • Rock paintings
  • Gluing

In Yoga Class...

  • Breathing buddies
  • Stories
  • Songs and clap games
  • Musical mat yoga game
  • Hidding yoga card game
  • Share a Pose game
  • Tick Tock Little Yoga Clock
  • Bowing and calm breathing
  • Learning about our feelings
  • Lots of yoga poses
  • Thinking about others and sending love out!
  • Peace in different languages
  • Group Yoga Poses

In Mindfulness Class...

  • Sitting on our cushions
  • Drinking tea and eating cookies mindfully
  • Beginning to sit quietly
  • Listening thoughtfully

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