We had a wonderful time hiking to Cecret Lake (although there were a few bumps in the road... literally and figuratively)! The students did geology, wrote descriptive paragraphs, and sketched a landscape. They also had fun exploring the surroundings.
Here is an awesome video made by Whit showing the salamanders he observed on our field trip:
We'll have more photos and student writing forthcoming!
"Cecret Lake" by Ella M.
I was amazed when I first saw the shallow stream. Insects glide across the surface of the water, probably searching for algae. Moss clings to the stream's floor, along with other plants. I suppose in the spring tadpoles inhabit the stream due to water rise. The water is cold and clear despite the muddy, murky, smooth floor of sediment. Stones adorn the bank, smooth and round from weathering. The water may seem mostly uninhabited, other than the water-gliding insects, but tiny worm-like creatures dwell on the stream floor, popping their heads out to ingest their food. Their slender, dark-orange bodies zip in and out through the holes. They are absolutely amazing! Why not visit the shallow stream? I hope you'll enjoy looking at it as much as I do!
"Cecret Lake" by Aditya C.
As I was walking up the trail, I finally reached my destination-- Cecret Lake! The sun was out and the lake was sparkling. My face said, "Hallelujah!" While I was sitting on a rock and eating peanut butter and jelly, I realized the beauty in nature. I liked how the water rippled, reminding me of the ocean. It sounded like a thousand kids yelling. It was perfect for eating delicious peanut butter and jelly although it smelled like old rocks and dirt with smelly kids on top. The rock I sat on felt rough like a toad, and the lake looked amazing. That was my fabulous trip to Cecret Lake.
"The Horrible Hike" by Ziletris O.
When I had to hike all the way to Cecret Lake, my leg started to hurt. Then, I took a break, got back up, and started to walk on the rocky ground. After that, I heard the sound of lovely birds, but I couldn't see them. When I found my rock, I smelled it, and it smelled like a flower. Finally, we were at the shiny lake, and it did seem like it's a secret to get to the beautiful Cecret Lake. It made up for my horrible hike.
Our first assignment in Language Arts this year was to write down a quote that inspires us and explain why. Then, we made locker name tags and bookmarks using Microsoft Word.
As a teacher, I love learning about what matters to my students through reading their quotes! Plus, I think having students see their inspirational quotes everyday when they go to their lockers or read a book may be a good daily reminder to be their best selves.
Here are a few examples:
I will send all weekly email notes through an app called Remind. Please sign up for this app. I will send home a note with your child of instructions on how to sign up for Remind. If you want you can text @020793 to (385) 202-2134, or you can visit this link: www.remind.com/join/020793 The nice thing about Remind is that you can get the reminders about assignments as an email or text.
The class code for Remind is:020793
Karen Redmon originally migrated to SLC from Memphis, TN. She has a Bachelor's in International Relations from BYU and a Master's in Teaching from Westminster. She's taught 4th, 1st, and 5th grades. Her interests include: camping, hiking, swimming, dancing, singing, pottery, sewing, theater, music, reading, and most of all-- learning.