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Friday, September 28

  1. page Four Winds Topics and Resources 2012-2013 edited The current list of volunteers for the year is up at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=…
    The current list of volunteers for the year is up at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AijUGziNz1U4dHhtLVlScGhaV2RpZG92WVEzVTFJeFE. Those of us with kids in the same classroom should contact each other and meet to go over the lesson plan and talk about how to present it (i.e., dividing up parts in the puppet show, etc.).
    Kristine is working on "the box", which contains all materials for teaching the lesson (except for the dirt), and will have some extra copies of the printed materials. "The box" lives in the copy room near the K-2 wing, usually under the lamination machine. The printable materials are also up at: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0ByjUGziNz1U4ZkRyaHBXZzh0Yzg; this is a shared folder. The "Volunteer packet 2012.doc" is particularly helpful if you're new to the program. The "Weathering and Erosion" folder corresponds to our current lesson; the "Binder" subfolder contains the teaching outline, puppet show script, slide show script, and descriptions of the other activities; the "Slide show" subfolder contains the powerpoint presentation of the slide show.
    Once you're ready to head into the classroom, contact the teacher to set up a time, and write that time into the calendar in "the box" so that we don't collide. If you plan to show the slide show, check whether the classroom has a projector. If it does not, then you need to contact Colleen Springer <cspringe@bsdvt.org>, the school librarian, to check out a projector from the library.
    If you have any questions or run into any problems, please feel free to contact me, Kristine, Jarlath, or the group at large.
    Deb Parella also mentioned the Four Winds' website, http://www.fwni.org/tnp.html. This has some other background info on the program.
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    1:16 pm
  2. page home edited ... Four times during the school year (roughly once every other month), a Four Winds naturalist-ed…
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    Four times during the school year (roughly once every other month), a Four Winds naturalist-educator will come to C.P. Smith to lead a two-hour informational presentation for parent volunteers. We, the parents, then team-teach the lesson in our children’s classrooms.
    You don’t need a science degree or teaching certificate to be an effective Four Winds volunteer, just an enthusiastic interest in learning and sharing. All the necessary background information and learning activities are explained at the training workshops, and include all the resources necessary to present an informative and engaging classroom unit.
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    and Resources 2011-20122012-2013 for information
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    year's topics.
    See the Four Winds Topics and Resources 2012-2013 for information.

    To learn more or volunteer contact one of the coordinators:
    Kristine Guthrie (497-1005; kristineguthrie@ymail.com),
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    1:15 pm
  3. page Four Winds Topics and Resources 2012-2013 edited The current list of volunteers for the year is up at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=…
    The current list of volunteers for the year is up at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AijUGziNz1U4dHhtLVlScGhaV2RpZG92WVEzVTFJeFE. Those of us with kids in the same classroom should contact each other and meet to go over the lesson plan and talk about how to present it (i.e., dividing up parts in the puppet show, etc.).
    Kristine is working on "the box", which contains all materials for teaching the lesson (except for the dirt), and will have some extra copies of the printed materials. "The box" lives in the copy room near the K-2 wing, usually under the lamination machine. The printable materials are also up at: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0ByjUGziNz1U4ZkRyaHBXZzh0Yzg; this is a shared folder. The "Volunteer packet 2012.doc" is particularly helpful if you're new to the program. The "Weathering and Erosion" folder corresponds to our current lesson; the "Binder" subfolder contains the teaching outline, puppet show script, slide show script, and descriptions of the other activities; the "Slide show" subfolder contains the powerpoint presentation of the slide show.
    Once you're ready to head into the classroom, contact the teacher to set up a time, and write that time into the calendar in "the box" so that we don't collide. If you plan to show the slide show, check whether the classroom has a projector. If it does not, then you need to contact Colleen Springer <cspringe@bsdvt.org>, the school librarian, to check out a projector from the library.
    If you have any questions or run into any problems, please feel free to contact me, Kristine, Jarlath, or the group at large.
    Deb Parella also mentioned the Four Winds' website, http://www.fwni.org/tnp.html. This has some other background info on the program.

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    1:14 pm
  4. page home edited ... You don’t need a science degree or teaching certificate to be an effective Four Winds voluntee…
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    You don’t need a science degree or teaching certificate to be an effective Four Winds volunteer, just an enthusiastic interest in learning and sharing. All the necessary background information and learning activities are explained at the training workshops, and include all the resources necessary to present an informative and engaging classroom unit.
    See the Four Winds Topics and Resources 2011-2012 for information about this year's topics.
    See the Four Winds Topics and Resources 2012-2013 for information.
    To learn more or volunteer contact one of the coordinators:
    Kristine Guthrie (497-1005; kristineguthrie@ymail.com),
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    1:11 pm
  5. page home edited ... To learn more or volunteer contact one of the coordinators: Kristine Guthrie (497-1005; krist…
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    To learn more or volunteer contact one of the coordinators:
    Kristine Guthrie (497-1005; kristineguthrie@ymail.com),
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    (860-1487; Jarlath.ONeil-Dunne@uvm.edu),
    Jennifer Reay (859-1530; jlreay10@yahoo.com),
    or
    Alex Reutter (657-4071; alex.reutter@gmail.com).
    This activity sponsored by C. P. Smith School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
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    1:10 pm

Saturday, November 5

  1. page Four Winds Topics and Resources 2011-2012 edited ... Leaf Eaters Lots of plants and animals live and grow right out the door, and it’s fun to disc…
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    Leaf Eaters
    Lots of plants and animals live and grow right out the door, and it’s fun to discover this nature nearby. When we step outside, we can feel the sun adding energy to the ecosystem, observe a variety of plant-eating insects or the evidence they leave behind, and perhaps watch some animal eat one of those insects – a real life look at food chains. We'll learn what an ecosystem is, how the parts relate, and best of all, we'll take a minute to quietly sit and become part of this busy buzzy world.
    Here is a{Leaf-Eaters.zip}
    The
    zip file containing all the materials for Leaf Eaters. Note that Google Docs will complain that the file can't be scanned for viruses because it is a compressed archive. The files are password-protected; ask
    Wednesday, Nov 16, 6pm in C.P. Smith Learning Ctr
    Standing Snags and Lying Logs
    The death of a tree opens up a whole new set of interactions in a forest. The standing snag serves as a home for a variety of fungi, lichen, insects, and other animals – birds nest in the branches, raccoons den in the rotting trunk. Once the snag topples over, the process of decomposition speeds up. A rotting log serves as a habitat for a parade of plants and animals, which change over time according to the log's stage of decomposition.
    Here is a{Snags and Logs.zip}
    This
    zip file containing all the materials for Standing Snag and Lying Logs. Note that Google Docs will complain that the file can't be scanned for viruses because it is a compressed archive. The files are password-protected; ask
    Jan 19
    Deer through Seasons
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    Forest Birds
    More than just a collection of trees, a forest ecosystem is a complex interaction of sunlight and shadow, rain and wind, leafy canopy and shady under-story. Why do so many kinds of birds make forests their home in the summer, and how are they important to its health? We'll look at the different layers of plants in a forest and learn how to recognize at a glance some of the illusive but vocal birds that make their homes in each.
    The zip file is password-protected; ask one of the coordinators for the password.
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    8:30 pm
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  4. page Four Winds Topics and Resources 2011-2012 edited ... Lots of plants and animals live and grow right out the door, and it’s fun to discover this nat…
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    Lots of plants and animals live and grow right out the door, and it’s fun to discover this nature nearby. When we step outside, we can feel the sun adding energy to the ecosystem, observe a variety of plant-eating insects or the evidence they leave behind, and perhaps watch some animal eat one of those insects – a real life look at food chains. We'll learn what an ecosystem is, how the parts relate, and best of all, we'll take a minute to quietly sit and become part of this busy buzzy world.
    Here is a zip file containing all the materials for Leaf Eaters. Note that Google Docs will complain that the file can't be scanned for viruses because it is a compressed archive. The files are password-protected; ask one of the coordinators for the password.
    Nov 17Wednesday, Nov 16, 6pm in C.P. Smith Learning Ctr
    Standing Snags and Lying Logs
    The death of a tree opens up a whole new set of interactions in a forest. The standing snag serves as a home for a variety of fungi, lichen, insects, and other animals – birds nest in the branches, raccoons den in the rotting trunk. Once the snag topples over, the process of decomposition speeds up. A rotting log serves as a habitat for a parade of plants and animals, which change over time according to the log's stage of decomposition.
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    8:15 pm

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