Joe. He's a Ginkgo tree that we pass by daily and have been writing about each month in our paper bag journals. I was inspired to explore nature at our school after reading The Nature Connection.
On the last days of school, we filled in the May journal entry and then consolidated a school year's worth of work into a watercoloring of the seasons as told by Joe.
As they looked for a change in Joe, which also represented a change in season, they talked about how long each season was and reminisced about activities that occurred. You could see and hear a year's worth of learning.
Reflecting on this project, I am excited to try it again next year and am interested to see what the student response will be with a new class. One thing I will change is the journals. While I love the idea and look of the paper bags, the little pockets didn't hold things well and they kept falling out. I'm thinking of either using envelopes or a book that includes a little pocket in the back.
See you in August, Joe!