Do you see any spouts in the background? Well, maybe you don't, but we did! As soon as we pulled up to the overlook, many of the sixth graders excitedly pointed out several whale spouts close to the shore. It was the beginning of an exciting trip to the Oregon Coast.
Aaron Moorhead and Anne-Marie Eklund took the sixth graders to the Newport area for 4 days and 3 nights of adventure and class bonding. From the car ride to the campfire activities, the sixth graders took advantage of the time to grow together as a class. In addition to the fun, the class also learned a lot about the geology and biology of the area. They listened to experts in marine volcanology and boat captains and also toured the Aquarium and the Hatfield Marine Science Center. There were so many fun facts to learn that over the campfire, every student was able to add a unique fact to our discussions.
Perhaps even more important, the sixth grade class really came together as a cohesive team during the trip. They gained confidence in themselves and learned a lot about each other. Every night, the students shared how they felt connected to the environment, cooperated with each other, and took responsibility for themselves. It was exciting to watch how much they grew in just four short days!