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Summer School Fun at Ponemah School


For this summer, I conducted a unit on Bats! The kids had the opportunity to learn all different facets associated with bats. They were shocked to learn that one bat is capable of eating 1,000 mosquitos per hour! They also had the opportunity to make "Bat Mobiles" and other kinds of bats, using origami paper. After conducting various measurements and learning about surface area, each student then had the opportunity to make their very own Bat House to take home and install. (See Attachment #1) The kids worked hard and were very proud of their finished products and couldn't wait to put them up!

This is the second year that both myself and Mr. Trinity Lindseth, also a teacher at Ponemah, brought a group of students down to Bemidji for the annual "Take-a-Kid-Fishing" event. We were fortunate enough to have 21 students from Ponemah participate this year. The kids were paired up and spent the entire day fishing an area lake with a local guide. Even a light rain could not dampen the excitement and fun these kids had spending the day on the water. Everyone involved had a fantastic time and learned a great deal about fishing, while catching a ton of fish in the process. The day ended with everyone joining up at the Bemidji State Park for a fish-fry, before heading back up to Ponemah. In addition to each student receiving a backpack, packed full of goodies, treats and tackle, many students also received fishing poles to bring back as well. All of the kids couldn't wait for the opportunity to go again next year!


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