Saunders Co. Extension Educators visit with third graders on importance of recycling and protecting the environment
Students explore many conservation tips and create biodegradable plastic
Reduce, reuse, recycle!
We hear these words all the time, but what does it have to do with us? On Feb. 7, the third graders at Wahoo Elementary School had the opportunity to explore many conservation tips. With help from the Saunders County Extension Educators Ali Leimer and assistant Melisa Konecky, they put students’ knowledge to the test about how long it takes our everyday trash to decompose. For example, students were shocked to learn that a styrofoam cup takes about 50 years to decompose! Other surprises: aluminum cans take 250 years to break down, and fishing line taking 600 years!
The students were then lead through the steps of how to make biodegradable plastic. In an assembly line fashion, they put one tablespoon of cornstarch, two drops of corn oil, food coloring and finally two tablespoons of water into their Ziploc bag. After a thorough mixing, they opened the corner of the bag and put it in the microwave for less than 30 seconds. The end result was amazing! Plastic made from natural substances that won’t hurt our environment! Who knows, maybe these students will lead the way in changing how we protect our environment!
Event scheduled as part of Nebraska's Sesquicentennial celebration
On Monday, March 6, the 4 th Grade classes at Wahoo Elementary took part in a virtual field trip of the Durham Museum in Omaha, NE. The web-based field trip lasted about 45 minutes. The videoconference began with a discussion . . .
Activity closes recent study of Space
The 4th grade classes recently completed a unit on Space. They all completed a report on a given planet, and were then asked to create a three D model of their planet. The response was amazing! There was a great deal of work that went into . . .
Dwight Hanson talks about his volunteer experiences in Uganda
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit Africa? The third grade students of Wahoo Elementary got a taste of the African culture on Monday, Feb. 1, when Dwight Hanson visited their classes to share his experiences in . . .
Teachers take advantage of opportunity to make math fun!
. . . 97 . . . 98 . . . 99 . . . 100!!! On Wednesday, Jan. 22, Wahoo Elementary students celebrated the 100th Day of School! The event, celebrated yearly on the 100th day of the school year, gives students the opportunity to . . .
Students Experience History Beyond the Textbook
On Wednesday, February 6, Mike Dunn, the custodian, history major, and Revolutionary War re-enactor, spoke in character to the 5th graders about being a 58-year-old man in the militia during the Revolutionary War. Dunn explained . . .
Reading Lesson Enhanced with Art Project
Each of the 84 third grade students at Wahoo Elementary created a unique snowflake that is on display this month at the Wahoo Library. As part of their reading curriculum, third graders read the book Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline . . .
Students Use Videoconferencing Technology for Lesson Enrichment
Could you answer the following questions? 1.) True or False: George Washington had wooden teeth. 2.) True or False: Both George Washington and King George III had families and were good fathers. 3.) . . .
Students' "Family Game Night" Artwork on Display at South Haven
5th grade students at Wahoo Elementary will help residents, employees, and visitors at South Haven Living Center in Wahoo celebrate National Nursing Homes Week this year. The theme of the celebration this year is “Family Game . . .
Students Receive Revolutionary War Lesson in National Archives Videoconference
Wahoo’s Close Up students weren’t the only Wahoo students to visit Washington D.C. last week! On Wednesday, March 23, students in Mrs. Rezac’s 4th/5th grade class participated in a live videoconference with David . . .
Amy Bruce Shares Her Experiences & Photos
Amy Bruce, mother of 5th grader Savannah Bruce, recently spoke to all fifth grades about her trips to Haiti. Bruce's first trip to Haiti was with a church group when she was 17. Most recently, she traveled to Haiti with a . . .
Local Soldier Shares Experiences Before Re-Deployment
On Tuesday November 23, the 5th graders at Wahoo Elementary welcomed CW3 Michael Harrell to speak about his experiences and duties performed while serving in Afghanistan. CW3 Harrell explained to the kids the details of guarding a . . .
Students Attempt to Emulate Style of George Bellows
Wahoo Elementary fifth grade students experienced drawing from a new angle last week. Students were introduced to examples of artwork from Ashcan School artist George Bellows (1882-1925). His depictions of American life from the 10’s . . .
Students Skype with Other Students in St. Joseph, MO
Students in Mrs. Gregg’s kindergarten class are taking pen pals to a whole new level! We have asked a St. Joseph, Missouri kindergarten class to be our “Skype Pals!” Their teacher, Mrs. Hamilton, went to college with Mrs. . . .
Student Artwork Displayed in State Capitol Rotunda & Wahoo Public Library
March is Youth Art Month in Nebraska! To celebrate, Wahoo Elementary students have been displaying their artwork for the public. Two students, fifth grader Matt Dobesh and fourth grader Madilyn Larsen, were chosen to participate in a . . .
Student-Created Castles Now on Display in Library
Mrs. Pearsonʼs reading group has just finished reading the novel Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop. It tells the tale of William, who receives a beautiful castle from his housekeeper. Even though William is sad sheʼs . . .
Students Learn About Life in Mali, Africa
Students in Mrs. Verna Rezac’s fifth grade class recently had the chance to mix technology and world studies. Rezac’s husband went to Mali, Africa, with a group of men from their church to do construction. While he was there . . .
NHC Speaker Teaches How Life as a Child was Very Different in Recent History
Fourth and fifth grade students recently had the chance to learn about the Orphan Train in a school assembly. The Orphan Train was a social experiment that transported children from crowded coastal cities of the United States to . . .
Students Study Optics and Dissect Cow Eyes!
Students in Mr. Iversen and Mrs. Rezac's fifth grade classes recently completed an optics unit in science class. Students learned about many kinds of eyes: simple (the kind that worms have), compound (the kind bugs have), and of . . .
UNMC Staff Offers Hands-On Proof of the Dangers of Tobacco
Smoking cigarettes? A 10-year-old? According to a nationwide survey conducted by tobaccofreekids.org , 13 percent of eighth graders had reported trying smoking by the fifth grade. If only someone would take the initiative to . . .
Students Communicate with Classroom in Thailand
Students in Mrs. Nancy Teetor's 5th grade are e-mail pen pals with 5th graders at Wat Get Pra Pa School in Lum Luka, Thailand. Their American teacher, Vic Plessner, who is teaching them English, thought it might help if . . .
Professional Clown Visits Mrs. Teetor's Fifth Graders
“What kinds of clowns are there?” “How long does it take to put the paint on?” “What does a clown do?” These are some of the questions that fifth graders in Mrs. Nancy Teetor’s class asked during their study of clowns. . . .
Justice the Drug-Sniffing Dog Visits Mrs. Britton's Class
October 11, 2006 was an exciting day for Wahoo Elementary School kindergartners in Mrs. Britton's class. Three visitors--Detective Jeff Britton, K-9 Officer Lucas Bates, and Justice, Bates' drug-sniffing yellow lab--came to give a . . .