Thursday, April 2, 2009

Underground Railroad by Meaghan Podlaski

Today we experienced the experience of the Underground Railroad. We started out in our fire drill lines and we closed our eyes and our teachers went into characters. Then, we were treated like slaves, without the abuse. After that we were brought into one of the two gyms in Nature's Classroom. That was the ship we road over “ocean” to be sold as slaves to a plantation in the southern United States.

We were sold into a plantation. We had to be tested on our strength. After a while, our plantation owner gave up on us and bought more “slaves”. Then our “conductors” decided to go to work and tried to make us free. We traveled down a road and met a man who asked us who was our conductor was. None of us answered to him, because if we were to tell who our conductors were they were going to be shot and killed. Fortunately for us, the man turned out to be one of the people that helped slaves. He gave us some “money” and a fake pass to get away from people who wanted to return us back to our plantation.

A little while later, we came across some private landowners. The didn't really believe us that we were going to a railroad in West Virgina to work. They asked us more questions and they wanted us to tell them who the conductor was. We never said a word. After a while, they started to believe us and led us back on trail.

Then, some bounty hunters found us and told us we were runaway slaves. But we said no like we were told. They wanted to turn us in, so they did.

On our way over to the sheriff, a lady came by which was a anti-slavery person and the man's friend. She said she would take us to the sheriff but she lied and handed us over to a safe house.

At the safe house, they had us hide because the sheriff was out looking for the runaway slaves. The people living in the safe house hid us behind a crate and in the fireplace so we wouldn't get caught. Luckily, we didn't.

Then, we left the safe house and ran for safety to Canada. In Canada, we learned a little more background information on the Underground Railroad. I had a lot of fun with the Underground Railroad activity we did here. It was a dramatic, exciting experience that most likely changed some of our minds on slavery and how brutally they were treated.

2nd and 3rd Day at N.C by Adriana D'Orazio

Yesterday here at Nature's Classroom, we did many things. Our breakfast was very good, we had french toast sticks and bacon, yum. Our ort at breakfast was 8lbs., which I must say was bad . Then we met up with our field groups and took a long hike up the mountain. There was a fire pit a long the way and we built a fire! After that we came down the mountain and went to our first class. Then we had lunch which no one could wait for. Our ort for that was 4.5lbs. which we all screamed for joy, because we did very good. After lunch we went to our second class. Which flew by so fast. Then we went to dinner, and we had tacos! Everyone enjoyed them.Our ort for dinner was 10lbs. No one was impressed. And once again we ended our day with sining in the Morse Hall. That was our second day at Nature's Classroom.

Now we are here at Nature's Classroom for our 3rd day and we start if off like any other day, breakfast. This breakfast was better than yesterday, including our food and ort. The food this morning was great, waffles. Since mostly everyone ate them, our ort was only 2.5lbs.. That was the lowest we have gotten so far! After that we played the worlds biggest game of tag, to be more specific predator and prey tag. That went on for an hour, but since everyone was having so much fun it went by very quick. Then we had an hour break, and us girls had a talent show and fashion show! Then it came to lunch, the food was also awesome for lunch! Many people were hungry! That also ment that we had a great ort report. Our ort was 4.5lbs. Yeah! After lunch we met up with our field groups for an hour and a half, and did team-building activities. After that we had a class. In that we had many choices, which was so hard to decide, but they all were fun! Then we had dinner, and on that hand wasn't so great. The food was ok. So our ort was 10lbs. Yuck. After dinner was the biggest most dramatic event that happened here at Nature's Classroom - the Underground Railroad!! Underground Railroad consisted of different activities when we went back in time to slavery and we tried to escape. That was so much fun, everyone enjoyed it. And like usual we ended our in the Morse Hall singing a long to songs.

Nature's Classroom so far... by Mr. Sedlar


I have to say that our bloggers are doing an excellent job informing everybody back home about the things that are going on here. They are working really hard on writing the notes and we should applaud them for that :) (clap,clap)

All the students seem to have a great time and they are VERY active during the day. Teachers and chaperons have also been very involved with the kids and they seem to get tired much quicker than the kids (especially Mr. DeMarco :)) While the kids were doing different activities with the Nature's classroom staff, some teachers had an opportunity to walk around this beautiful Silver Bay Resort. The weather so far has been pretty good and we definitely took advantage of that. When the kids didn't spend time with the Nature's Classroom teachers they were playing kickball, basketball, soccer tennis (hard to explain), fashion show, etc...Overall, it was not only great experience for students, but also for many teachers and chaperons who visited this resort for the first time.

Underground Railroad was probably the most exciting experience for the students and VERY educational. Again, the Nature's Classroom teacher did a wonderful job organizing this event and things went very smooth. I dont want to write too much about the Underground Railroad since I am sure you will hear more about when we arrive home.

We would also like to thank the parents for trusting us with their children and I know students got so much out of it. The Nature's classroom is an awesome experience for any student and we hope this tradition will continue for many, many years.

Again thank you so much :)

Lisha Kill Staff and Parent/Chaperons & The Lisha Kill Bloggers