Jays And Juncos Game
Two people were jays and the rest juncos.
So all of the juncos had a nest (cup) which they had to hide.
Then the juncos had to get food from the bird feeders (teachers) they then had to trasfer the food back to their nest without the Jays seeing them.
If the Jays saw them they would run to the juncos nest and take their food.
We used binoculars to get a closer look on the birds.
We got to see dead frozen birds. One of them was a giant hawk.
During bird watching we had to stay slilent so we wouldn't scare the birds away,
We had a few seconds to observe our partner. How they were moving, what they were wearing.
Our partner changed 2 -4 things about their appearance or their movements. They could be settle or obvious.
We then turned around and tried to guess what they charged about themselves,
We tested out different tools to represent different beaks.
Worked in groups of 2-3 to figure out what tool worked best.
Certain beaks work better gathering certain foods.
Endeavors in Engineering
We had to create a contraption that will hold heavy equipment.
Then we got to present our product in a commercial in front of the teachers and rest of the kids.
We were assigned a team. Mine was Holden, Maddie, Bailey, Nathan, and me.
Then the taft staff would choose and second and first place winner.
Their were 4 different Pioneer tools.
One of the tools ws a wood sculpture. How it was used was you would sit down put your feet on this stool (to keep the wood in place) and take a saw like thing and scrape it against your wood until you have the shape you want it to be.
Another tool was the driller. What the driller was is that you have a good piece of wood and you take a swirly shaped tool and twist it clockwise until you have a whole in your piece of wood.
The second tool was the wood breacker. What it did was yu took a long blade, hammer, and a long piece of wood. Stand up the piece of wood and place the blade on it. Then take the hammer and hammer the blade so the wood is cut in half.
The last tool was the the wood chopper, What this tool did was chop enormous pieces of wood. So basicly what we did for the wood breaker but a lot of bigger tools.
The candle making process for the Pioneers is very different from today.
It was kind of like an assembly line first you would dip a rope into hot hot wax, then dip in cold water keep on repeating until you candle is about as thick as you thumb,
We got to go into a real Pioneer house built in 1837 made by the rich family.
It was probably the size of my kitchen. It was so small. Way different from the houses we had today. Some of the differences were that our windows had glass theirs were made out of wood. Their only light source was fire we have many light sources. Also their was only one bed for the parents. Their was ladder that led up to a flat space were the kids slept on mats, blankets, and a pillow if they were lucky. Today, we all sleep in our own bed.
The person in the center would trow it to someone if they missed they were out if the caught it the swi h positions with the person in the center.
The person in the middle could also pretend to throw it to someone. If they flinched they were out. If they didn't flinch they switched positions with the person in the middle.
Everyone stood in a circle. There was one person in the center.
During that game camouflage their was one person that was trying to find everyone. They were called the chief. However they couldn't move around. They could only spin around to see in different angles.
Whoever didn't get found was the winner.
If two or more people didn't get found then the person that was the closet to the chief won and then became the chief
When you are out you kneel on the floor and wait for people to come by you so you can get them out.
The remaining two people faced off.
We had to sneak up on people and tap them in the back of the knee to get them out.
The Ort Report motivate us to not have any waste.
The lowest amount we had was one and a half pounds of waste.
What the Ort Report is where all of our waste they put in a bucket and than wheied hpow much waste we had.
The second day they served some fresh jumbo pancakes for breakfeastFor lunch (my favorite meal of the whole field trip) we had some delicious grilled cheese and tomato soup. For dinner it was "taco Thursday" so obviously we had tacos.
The first day for lunch we had some delicious pizza with a side of gooey homade brownies. For dinner it was "Taftsgiving" We had mashed potatoes, buisuts, and some amazing cranberries. (The best I ever had)
For the last day the served amazing huge homemade cinnamon rolls. For lunch (sadly our last meal) we had hamburgers and salty fries.
Table Group and Teachers
My table group was Bella F, Yoanna, Michael, Rudra, Nathan, and me.
For each meal wee had a different teacher sit at our table. First it was Mrs. Fiedler, that Mrs. Cusharra, then Mrs. Winarchez, then Mrs, Ortner, then Mr, Ryan, and Mrs. Albig, and then, Mrs. Atchison, then lastly, Mrs. Grover
The game was basically checking to make sure you knew how to use a compass.
We took a stick and stuck it where we were standing.
One of the taft staff would tell us where we were stiring our compass. Then she would tell us how many steps to take. Eventully after a lot of different dirention we went we should have ended up where we put our stick.
Navigating yourself in a forest with a compass
All of the groups we assigned a team. My team was Gino, Tea, and Sona.
We were also given a paper with coordinates on it that we would follow. When we got to our destination there should be a pole with a letter on it and a stamp. You would then stamp your paper to prove you got to the right destination.
Instincts for Survival