After Gratitude circle and the Obstacle course, we wrote the rest of our play and practiced. Then we went to Grandmother Tree to see if there was a piece of the Great Map or any new clues for our quest. First, we got the Northern piece of the Great Map from the Gnomes!!! They were thankful for all the chores we did for them so they gave us the Northern part of the Map that they were guarding. When we put it with the Eastern part of the map the center still didn't make sense where the Beaver King's flute is located so we still need the other two directions of the map (South and West). Grandmother Tree also told us that the Water Spirits that keep the water flowing and clean heard about our quest and wanted to help us. They gave us a letter telling us about Beatrice Bird who guards the Southern part of the map. They told us how she needed help because her wing was hurt and she can't get to any water to drink it. They gave us a puzzle image that we had to put together to know where to go to next. We had to put together 4 puzzles to find Beatrice Bird's nest! Then the Guardians had to figure out how to get the bucket of healing water (they put healing, happy thoughts into the water) up to her nest so she could drink it and get better. After helping Beatrice bird, we went back to our camp circle to have snack and water break.
Today's lesson was on light and how rainbows form through refraction and reflection. After talking about the Electromagnetic Spectrum and focusing on Visible light, we also talked about how a rainbow occurs and how it is actually a circle not an arch (the semicircle is what we see because of the horizon). Then we went outside into smaller groups to try and refract sunlight with various tools (prisms, CDs, water and mirrors) The explorers were super excited when they got the right angle to refract sunlight into a rainbow. Then we made kaleidoscopes which reflect rather than refract light. Then we ate lunch and went to explore the forest and creek.