The fourth graders spent a week at environmental education camp in
March, 2015. The students explored the redwood community at Armstrong
Redwoods and spent a day at Salt Point State Park where they got to
investigate tide pools. The class analyzed Dutch Bill Creek and tested
different aspects of it while searching for macroinvertebrates. There
was hiking to be done around camp in the daylight and the nighttime, a
campfire that was full of fun activities, and an evening spent on
learning about watersheds. The cargo net was great to play upon, and
the playground and gaga pit added to the excitement of the experience.
Chasing raccoons and catching a snake were bonus activities! Overall,
the fourth graders had a great time with their friends and learned a
lot while they were at camp.
When we returned, the students were challenged to describe their trip
through poetry. The fourth graders were given several formats of poetry
to write and the emphasis was heavily on word choice. Descriptive
language is the key to success on the project. After the poetry was
written, each student began creating a webpage to display the writing.
The task was to find graphics to accentuate the writing, design a page
that looks nice and give the reader a good idea of what life was like
at Westminster Woods.
Use the links below to explore the work by the fourth graders. They
worked hard to create pages that not only express the ideas about their
trip, but also engage a reader. We hope you like our poetry and
The class at Armstrong Redwoods after a day of hiking!