After archery, obstacle course and Gratitude Circle, we played team building and drama games like "Mirror", "Who's the Leader?" and "Group Environment". Then we finished writing our play and hiked to the white house for a lesson on plant adaptations. We talked about and looked at examples of how plants have adapted to survive in their environment. For example, many plants in the Tundra have acquired adaptations to help them stay warm like growing low to the ground and having fuzzy stems. After covering each biome(Tundra, Grassland, Temperate Forest, Rainforest and Desert) and examples of how the plant/trees have adapted to each location, the explorers designed and created their own plant/tree. They had to randomly choose a card that had one of the biomes on it and design/draw a plant that would be able to survive there. They had to be able to tell me how their plant would protect itself and gather nutrients in the selected biome. Then they named their plant. Afterwards, they played a card game I created called "Survivor Plants" They had to collect certain plant adaptations to survive in their biome. There are "wild cards", "nope cards" and the coveted "grow card" to make it interesting and strategic.
Then we ate lunch and went to the creek with the swinging vine to explore and play. Darius caught a big minnow. Can you spot it in the picture? Some explorers looked for special rocks or tried to catch minnows while others played games they created. On the hike at the end of the day some explorers picked and ate wild blackberries.