Category Archives: Fall

Fall-themed topics

Autumn Winds

Poets at Gatewood School open their hearts to the changing season. Photos contributed by Gatewood 5th graders. This wonderful student opportunity was funded by the Gatewood PTO. Rob Evers The maple A fallen friend. Decaying slowly Tree huggers crying Rest … Continue reading

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Hatchling Highway

Many thanks to Grace Sheely for sharing this wonderful story. On the morning of September 2, 2014, I was thinking of all the students heading back to school and the excitement of their first day. My brooding thoughts were deeper … Continue reading

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Pull a Buckthorn – Plant an Oak

How many acorns will survive and become mature oaks?  Even if none survive, the project will not be a failure, but a success, because the land had someone caring for its future. There is a multitude of 100 year-old bur … Continue reading

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Bee Program

                                                 Bees, Wasps and Hornets Yellow Jacket                            Bumblebee – There are over 15 species of bumblebee in MN                                                                        Honey Bee Bee Fly      … Continue reading

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Monarch Program

Monarchs are one of the few insects to migrate. The monarchs travel over 1700 miles to the Sierra Madre Mountains in Central Mexico.        Its a Long Way to Mexico C                                                G The monarchs left … Continue reading

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What is Your Eagle Story?

In late October, I was crossing Gray’s Bay, looking for a huge raft of coots that I had seen earlier in the day. Suddenly, the coots were there, but they were “hugging the shoreline” and swimming frantically. They were all … Continue reading

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Decomposer program

Earthworm Jack C                     Em             F        G Earthworm Jack has a lot to do C                     Em             F           G His friend in the forest love him too! C                    Em              F              D Chews the leaves that fall on the ground C                     Em          F         … Continue reading

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Wooly Bear Mania

Wooly bears are fuzzy caterpillars and tend to appear in great numbers when the weather gets warm in the fall. They are the caterpillar of a small white moth known as the Isabella Moth. Kids love to handle them because … Continue reading

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Using Wooly Bears to Predict the Weather

Background Information: The old Farmer’s Almanac said that you could predict the harshness of a winter by observing the color patterns on wooly bear caterpillars. It was said that if the orange band in the center of the body is … Continue reading

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Wooly Bear Week

Over the past week, I have seen 4 wooly bears crossing the trail or hanging out on some plants. This is in spite of the fact that I have spent most my daylight hours teaching school. Wooly bears are fuzzy … Continue reading

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