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The Review Games

Yesterday was our final class session before the holiday break, and what better way to spend it than reviewing with our 4th-6th grade River Classroom? We actually began the day by discussing blood and blood cells. Students (who wanted) had the opportunity to test their own blood sugar level and examine their own blood cells … Continue reading

More Kayak Building

Last Friday our 7th-9th grade River Classroom met at NMWC to continue our year long endeavor to build kayaks. This time we got all of the ribs attached. Now that we have the ribs attached, we’re ready to add strakes. These boats are really coming together, and we can’t wait to get out exploring local … Continue reading

Reviewing in Tierra Amarilla

It’s almost Christmas Break, and that means it’s time to review everything we’ve learned over the last several months! This time during our trip to Tierra Amarilla, we reviewed past topics and learned a little about water. We began with a brief discussion of the upcoming solstice and what it means as far as hours … Continue reading

Tracking Across Campus

Yesterday was a prep day for a really cool field trip we have in the works for McCurdy Charter School’s 7th grade. The students practiced their tracking skills on campus! First, we held a short discussion about tracking. What kind of questions are we wanting to answer? Well, we would like to know what kind … Continue reading

Water Quality on the Brazos and Chama

Our trip to Tierra Amarilla last week to work with our 5th and 6th grade River Classroom was particularly exciting because for the very first time we tested water quality on both the Brazos and the Chama on the same day! We began with a short refresher on water quality parameters. We began at the … Continue reading

Exploring the Banks of the Rio Chama

“An environment-based education movement–at all levels of education–will help students realize that school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.” –Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder The vast majority of our students have grown up in northern New Mexico. … Continue reading