Forest Kindergarten: Building A-Frame Shelters

In Forest Kindergarten, the classroom is the forest, and students get immersed in nature, developing a deeper connection to the natural world through exploration, inquiry-based learning, and authentic play. This form of education allows students to connect with the natural world, especially in a time when students rarely get to experience the outdoors, while learning about natural science, engineering design, and social science skills and concepts.

In my design class, Becca Goess and I wanted to see if students would be able to create a shelter in the forest. Since the students were going to be introduced to the unit a few weeks later, we decided to practice building A-Frame shelters in our class. First with popsicle sticks, and then with wooden rods. Students learned how to use rope and zip ties to connect rods together.

We then took the class to the forest to start exploring and building our A-Frame shelter!

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Intro Music by Ryan Little “Falling Down”:
Background Music by Ryan Little “Voice on Your Shoulder”:
Instrumental by Chuki – “Nomad”:

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Instagram Pics to WordPress Post

I just learned how to automatically make my Instagram photos into blog posts using Check out my video on IFTTT that explains how to use the Web tool.

Since I have more than 750 Instagram photos that are not included in this blog, I thought I would create a photo gallery of some of my recent Instagram photos. Enjoy!

Calculating Speed with Minecraft

6th Grade Common Core Math Standard: Ratio & Proportional Relationships, A.3.B:

“Solve unit rate problems including those involving unit pricing and constant speed. For example, if it took 7 hours to mow 4 lawns, then at that rate, how many lawns could be mowed in 35 hours? At what rate were lawns being mowed?”

5th Grade Common Core Math Standard: Numbers & Operations in Base Ten, B.7:

“Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.”