Zookeepers & animals help enhance students' study of ecosystems and foodchains
In nature, everybody is somebody's lunch!
Fifth grade science students have been studying ecosystems, food chains, food webs, and energy pyramids in class.
Recently they had the opportunity to participate in a virtual field trip, sponsored by the Toledo Zoo in Ohio. Students were able to view animals in their zoo environments, as well as ask the zoo personnel questions about each animal.
We learned many interesting facts about animals such as Tasmanian devils, tortoises, elephants, meerkats, and even Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Did you know an elephant has over 100,000 muscles in its trunk alone?
We also learned that washing your boots after a hike will prevent invasive species from taking hold in an ecosystem.
This was an exciting and fun opportunity for our students to experience the zoo and the animals in their ecosystems without even leaving our classroom!
Nebraska's State Museum program enhances students' science study of prehistoric skull structure
Is this a carnivore or herbivore? Look at those teeth!
That was just one of the questions that students tried to answer this past Monday, when Wahoo Elementary third graders virtually traveled back in time to evaluate animal skulls, with the help of scientists at Morrill Hall on the University of Nebraska at Lincoln campus.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, students are not able to attend field trips in person right now, so this virtual field trip, "The Stories Skulls Tell," was the perfect solution!
Students just wrapped up a science lesson on prehistoric animals' skull structure. The scientists at Morrill Hall explained that the size and shape of the animals’ skulls, as well as their teeth, helped them decide if an animal was a plant eater or meat eater. In addition to the type of teeth, an animal’s eye position also helped scientists determine what type of animal it was.
Students compared skulls from modern animals such as the coyote, mountain lion, and squirrel. Then they traveled back into the prehistoric era where they saw fossils of a bear dog, Oreodont (small rodent) and a three-toed deer. All of these animals are extinct, and range from 17 to 23 million years old.
“My favorite part was learning about the mountain lion skull! It was interesting to learn about the different types of prehistoric animals and study their fossils, even if we didn’t get to be there in person,” commented student Ian Nelson.
Morrill Hall encourages patrons to visit in person, while wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines.
Nebraska State Museum of Natural History's educational opportunity enhances students' study of fossils
Before Husker Power, the state of Nebraska had Tusker Power! Wahoo Elementary third grade classes had the privilege to engage in a virtual field trip with the University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History ( Morrill Hall ) . . .
4th grade creations enhance classroom study of energy and ecosystems
Students in 4th grade are currently learning about Energy and Ecosystems. To take it a step further, students were asked to make an Ecosystem Diorama showing how an ecosystem works. Students had to design an ecosystem of their choice, . . .
Students initiate campaign and raise $165 for SCLP
What started out as a writing assignment turned into a real-life experience recently for the 5th graders in Mrs. Rezac’s class. The assignment? Students were asked to write an opinion essay using the following prompt: . . .
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 . . .
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 and . . .
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. Gregg at . . .
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 he . . .
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. After . . .
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 . . .