Students make study of great outdoors

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OXFORD – Boxberry Elementary School students recently finished their second learning expedition: “The Great Outdoors.” The major focuses were forests, weather and myths.

White Mountain National Forest ranger and Boxberry dad Jeff Williams talked with the kids about identifying trees and measuring a tree’s height and age. The students went on a field trip to Mt. Abram to see how people make snow after they learned how it is formed in nature. Fourth-grader Eliot List built a weather station with his dad, using materials such as a bicycle tire.

Students also learned about myths and the role of myths in weather. Local artist Sarah Shepley has been working with the third- and fourth-graders to create their own books, from the cover to the pages inside to sewing the binding. They wrote their own myths and inscribed them in their books along with illustrations.

The younger classroom put on a play that included weather gods and some poetry that the students selected. They also created a mural with art teacher Jes Person, which captured the water cycle, cloud formation, rain, mountains, forests, some mythical mountains/ocean characters and the area – Bethel, Boxberry, Brunswick – following the Androscoggin River from the mountains to the ocean.

Music teacher Kristen Short wrote music to a poem titled “Leave the World a Little Better,” which the students sing.

For more information about the school, call 743.9700 or visit www.boxberryschool.org.

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