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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

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