In our Natural Expressions class we were given a reflective assignment to use a picture taken of nature and really try to convey a message or idea with that photograph. So, the photograph I’ve taken a couple months back displays a quintessential fall day with trees transitioning from green to bright shades of orange, yellow, and red. The blue sky, and bright sunlight peaking through the trees can also be seen. It’s a bright, sunny picture that conveys the message, “life in color.” To take away from this message, I think that people should have fun with life every day and live colorfully with joy!
Here at Central Middle, we have recently started a new recycling program, just for markers! Our school signed up for a program through Crayola to send our old and dead markers back to their headquarters to be re-purposed. But instead of setting it up in just our room, we set it up in every room across the school.
We first found out about it through our Natural Expressions teacher, who heard about it through a friend. We then created 35 hand-made boxes out recycled cardboard, 7X3X3, the perfect size to store old markers. Once we were finished labeling each box, we delivered them to all the teachers’ classrooms, informing them what to do, and that we would pick it up every Friday with our regular recycling.
Even though we currently have not received any markers, as we just started the program, we hope that in the future this recycling program will thrive in our school.
Done by: Katie W., Kaylyn W., and Andrea W.
I never knew so many edible berries grew on CMS’s campus! In Natural Expressions class, we gathered three kinds of berries: Staghorn sumac, Autumn Olive, and wild grapes. Our class made jelly from only the berries, water, sugar, and fruit pectin! We also made berry syrup from the berries, water, and sugar! After making the syrups and jellies, we made pancakes from a mix. It was pretty messy 🙂 Then came the best part of all…….We got to eat the pancakes spread with the jam! I thought they were very delicious. I hope we do something like this again soon!
By Olivia H.
For our Natural Expressions class we made Autumn Olive Jam. As a class we went outside to forage berries. After we collected enough berries, eight cups, we washed them and put them in the fridge overnight. The next day we put them in a pot along with ¼ cup of water. We put it on high heat and let it simmer. We let the berries simmer for 15mins. After the Autumn Olive berries were done we dumped them into the sieve and grinded them up so the seeds would get stuck in the strainer. As a group we added ¼ cup of sugar and mixed it with the contents of a package of no-sugar-needed Sure Jell. After this we ladled it into jars.
Written by Lindsey S. and Alexis D.
Have you ever heard of the game Mancala? If you haven’t, maybe you have either seen the board, or never seen it at all. Just to get an idea, I’ll have an image of the Mancala board below.
Students in our Natural Expressions class are working on making their own! We are going to use the following materials:
Going outside, we collected items such as small pebbles:
And other small things to use for our own Mancala boards!
We will be sure to make a follow up post of our completed Mancala boards! We hope you are excited as we are to finish our boards. Have a great day everyone!
Zac R., from the CMS Natural Expressions Class!