What are elements of a mountain? What lives on a mountain? How do weather and people effect mountains? How are mountains created? These are just some of the questions our 1st and 2nd graders are exploring this winter. As part of this trimester-long unit, students trekked to the Wildwood Recreation Site at the base of Mt. Hood to explore the forest along the Sandy River and learn more about mountain ecology. More locally, they will travel to Mt. Tabor to see evidence of Portland’s geologic past firsthand and to the geology department at Portland State University for a tour. Later in February, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals will lead programming in the classrooms to deepen student’s understanding of earthquakes and volcanoes. Nesa’s class shared their awesome mountain model with the whole school at the January, 30th all-school meeting.
Running parallel to the mountain unit, students are learning about mythology and will create a play based on local legends and mountain stories. To model Native American storytelling, storyteller Ed Edmo visited the classes and shared stories from his tribe. Thanks to Nesa and Mike for leading such a rich place-based unit and connecting our students with one of the features that makes Oregon so special!