A Day By the River
April 19, 2017
Imagine the you are sitting under a tree by a river on a warm sunny day. What kind of things do you see, hear and smell? What animals inhabit this area? These are all questions that the 4th graders of Lawrence Elementary thought about on their field trip to South Platte Park.
South Platte Park is a very special place and habitat in the middle of the suburbs. Due to a huge flood over 50 years ago, people of Littleton, CO decided to maintain a natural habitat with the South Platte River, this helped prevent floods and provided more space for wildlife.
The students explored the riparian ecosystem to find things both biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living). The rocks along the river are abiotic, while the algae that grow on the rocks are biotic. Students had a blast finding all kinds of items that made up the ecosystem.
While hiking around the park, students found beaver chewed trees. What strong teeth they have!
There was time to explore the Carson Nature Center! With all the interesting critters, students could hardly contain themselves. The tiger salamander (the Colorado State Amphibian) was one of the stars along with a Black Widow Spider!
The river table was a huge hit with all the student. It made an impact on their minds as much as their pretend houses that were swept away by the “flood”. Water can be so powerful, it’s important to keep this in mind when selecting a place to live.
The S.O.L.E. program thanks the South Platte Park and Lawrence staff and volunteers for providing a fun and engaging day for the students.
Wood You Like to Learn About Beavers? Well Chew on This…
March 7th, 2017
Lawrence Elementary School 4th graders had beaver facts lodged into their brain by CPW Staff, Erin and Shalana! Through interactive activities the students became beaver experts.
A few lucky students dressed up like beavers to demonstrate what amazing adaptations beavers have in order to survive.
Erin got her class moving in a fun and interactive beaver relay! It looks like fun, rodent you agree?
Shalana (whose dad is from Beaver, OK) had the students mesmerized as she showed them a beaver skull. Do you know why beavers have reddish teeth? The students now know that beaver teeth have iron in them that keep the teeth sharp and strong for chewing on hard tree bark.
The beaver fur was a big hit as well. Students were surprised at how oily the fur was. Sink your teeth into this fun beaver fact: Beavers groom their fur with an oil they naturally emit to keep dry while they are submerged in the water.
Thanks to the Lawrence staff and students for a great day. Special thanks to Andre Egli for the beaver puns.
Family Nature Night at Lawrence Elementary
February 23, 2017
Students and their families enjoyed a night of nature themed fun with Colorado Parks & Wildlife and our fantastic participating partners. Despite the dreary weather, guests’ eyes shone brightly with excitement at Lawrence Elementary’s first ever Family Nature Night.
The evening was filled with an array of exciting, educational activities. Students shouted with delight during Backyard Bass fishing practice and gasped with excitement at the opportunity to view live cockroaches. Bird photos graced the hallway- binoculars were the only way to identify them! Across from our avian friends, families explored the world of amphibians and reptiles. They also matched animal tracks & scat to their creators, tried their hands at archery, and enjoyed some Colorado History Bingo. There was no shortage of wildlife activities- Twister, trivia, and pelts and skulls provided plenty of wild fun!
As always, the raffle was a hit among guests of all ages. Many families won Cabela’s outdoor gear, History Colorado tickets, and even a State Parks pass.
The only thing better than getting kids outdoors is including the entire family. Thank you to Lawrence staff and our fantastic participating partners: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, Cabela’s, History Colorado, Majestic View Nature Center, Butterfly Pavilion, Lookout Mountain Nature Center, Arvada Parks Advisory Committee, and Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge. We couldn’t do it without you!
Lawrence’s Day at History Colorado
December 2, 2016
The Fourth Graders at Lawrence Elementary were taken back in time to learn about Colorado’s past at the History Colorado Museum.
The Keota townships brought students back into the days before highways and telephones. All the students had chores to attend to. While some students went to the market and bought food products, others worked in the farm to collect eggs and milk to sell at the market.
It looks like these students really love the simple life.
Now off to another time, when the country was faced with hardship and drought, the dust bowl. Students learned how hard life was when it doesn’t rain and nothing will grow.
Then Students traveled to another time when our country was dealing with war, World War II to be exact. Students were able to understand an aspect of Colorado history that is hard to understand; Amache, the Japanese internment camps. Students were able to walk through what Japanese Americans lived in during those times.Even they agree that the conditions weren’t great.
Next, they traveled back to when Colorado was just becoming a state in the San Luis Valley. Students played BINGO or how they say in the San Luis Valley, Loteria. They learned some common day objects that were used back then. What a fun way to learn!
Lawrence Elementary students had a great time at History Colorado. Thank you to all the staff that make History Colorado an ideal field trip destination for our SOLE schools. Also, a big thank you to the Lawrence teachers for their hard work!
Welcome to SOLE, Lawrence Elementary!
Lawrence Elementary became a SOLE school upon receiving the GOCO School Yard Initiative grant.
The School Yard Initiative (SYI) aims to create school grounds that inspire more active physical play and enhance learning about nature and the environment. SYI grants support schools and local governments in constructing outdoor spaces where kids have frequent opportunities for unstructured play and outdoor learning. Schools awarded 2016 and 2017 grants also become partner schools with SOLE.