Natalie Pevehouse says that the morning meeting helps her
start off the morning. When someone greets you in the
morning, it makes you feel goodlike youre important.
Natalie also shares that the morning meeting makes her and
other students calmer. We come in excited and running
around. It just kind of, well, calms us down.
The opportunity to talk about things that are important to her
makes a difference. It nice to know that someone is really
listening…that they care about me.
Matt Moss says the trip to Palo Duro Canyon helped him to
make the learning connection. Of course, having the same
given name as the main character in The Sign of the Beaver
by Elizabeth George Speare helped him to identify on a
personal level as well.
Matt states that Here you actually get to know what its like to
live…to actually know what it was like when Matt was alive.
Matt and his classmates were able to remember passages in
the book that helped with the class assignment. One of Matts
classmates remembered how the characters in the book had
used twigs and rocks to mark trails. Matt and his group used
the survival skills taught by the book to:
Locate red clay that could be used to build a dwelling
Design a structurally sound dwelling
Determine locations that would be safe from the rivers flooding
Secure safe sources of food and water