Fieldwork Coordinator Update January 2017

Despite the rain (and snow!), fieldwork continues at Southwest Charter. Forays into the community are augmented with classroom visits from local experts and other knowledgeable neighbors. Here is the breakdown of project work and related fieldwork for this winter:

Kindergarten: Animals in Winter
Tryon Creek State Park
Classroom visit from storyteller Will Hornyak
Portland Audubon Society (Possible)

1st and 2nd Grades: Mountains and Volcanoes
Mount Tabor with naturalists from Portland Parks and Recreation
Tryon Creek State Park to learn about erosion
Classroom visit from mountaineer Guy Wettstein
Classroom visit from storyteller Will Hornyak
Mount Hood National Forest

3rd Grade: Archaeology and Native Peoples
Classroom Visit from U of O’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History
Tour of PSU’s archaeology department
Behind-the-Scenes tour of OMSI (prep to make an exhibit for PSU’s Archaeology Roadshow)
Classroom visit from storyteller Will Hornyak

4th and 5th Grade: Climate and Biomes
Oregon Zoo
Classroom visit from storyteller Will Hornyak
OMSI planetarium
Classroom Visit from U of O’’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History
Classroom visit from a NOAA meteorologist (pending)

6th Grade: Civil Rights and Portland’s African-American History
Oregon Historical Society

Urban League’s Multi-cultural Senior Center
Classroom visit from the Black History 101 Mobile Museum
Classroom visit from Erious Johnson, Office of Civil Rights, Oregon Department of Justice
Classroom visit from Ed Washington, resident of Vanport
Classroom visit from Juli Kirby, lifelong resident of Portland
Classroom visit from Diane Hess, Fair Housing Council of Oregon
Scavenger Hunt to multiple locations in North, Northeast and Northwest Portland

7th and 8th Grade: Globalization and Global Trade (a Journalism Project)
Creo Chocolate
Nike Campus (pending)
Oregon Public Broadcasting studios
New Seasons Market
Classroom visit from podcaster Mikey Neilson
Classroom visit from Jenica Caudill of Equal Exchange
Multiple classroom visits from journalist Garrett Andrews

I’ll check back in with details as the trimester progresses!
-Sarah Anderson, Fieldwork and Place-Based Education Coordinator