On Thursday the 13th of October we went to visit the Abandoned Famine Village situated above the Hungry Rock in Lugawarry, Ballisodare.
The houses date back to the early 1800s and were originally part of the Annaghmore Estate in Collooney.
We got to see how stone was used to construct houses and we imagined what it was like to have a large number of people living in a two roomed house.
Two locals, Martin Wilson and Padraic Corcoran talked to us about the history of the village. Martin visited our classroom and Padraic walked through the forest with us. It was lovely to hear these men speak about our local history.
We also learned about the various types of tree planted in the forest and Padraic pointed out the Ash tree which is sadly endangered in Ireland now.
Congratulations to Nadia Michalska for her Award Worthy Work. She designed this beautiful poster to show how our Earth is being affected by climate change. We learned all about fossil fuels and renewable energy along with things we have done to harm the 🌎 from our student teacher Ms. Christie
We walked to Union Woods and explored the woods for the first signs of Spring.
We saw new seedlings emerging in the forest floor and the first flowers of Spring including Primroses, Violets and Dandelions.
Honeybees have awoken from their winter nap and were gorging themselves on nectar from Dandelions.
There were birds putting the finishing touches to their nests and filling the forest with music.
We found a pond that was overflowing with frog spawn but sadly the warm weather was drying up the water. We moved as much spawn as we could to a nearby drain which should ensure the survival of more of the tadpoles.
We brought some frog spawn back to our classroom and we will watch as the tadpoles hatch and gradually change into froglets which we will release in June.
Mr. O’ Meara has a friend who teaches in Lenox Elementary School in New York. He arranged for us to be penpals with their class.
We wrote our first letters to them in September and we posted them on October 5th. ( It took over a week for them to receive them!!)
Their teacher didn’t tell them about us until they received our letters so they were very excited!!
We have agreed to read the same class novels so we can discuss them in our letters. We have read ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’, ‘Bud Not Buddy’ and ‘ The One and Only Ivan’ so far!
We love writing to our pen-pals, it’s so much fun! First we write our 1st draft, Mr O’ Meara corrects it, we edit it and write our 2nd draft. Once we are happy with our letter we write the final draft on fancy paper and decorate our envelopes. We send all the letters together in a large envelope.
We have learnt a lot about the cultural differences between the children in Lenox Elementary and Scoil Mhuire agus Iosaf.
One of the coolest things that happened is that we explained to them what the “Late Late Toy Show” is and their teacher found it online and they got to watch it at school!!!!
We got to explore their school and town on google maps and they looked at Collooney, Markree Castle, Strandhill and more.
We are planning a zoom call with them soon but they are 5 hours behind us so when we talk, we will be getting ready to go home and they will just be starting their school day!!!
We asked our class to bring in as many books as possible from home. (We wanted to make a class library). Within a couple of days we had over 300 books!!! We got so many that we had to get another set of shelves!
We have 2 librarians in our class who arranged our books by alphabetical order and grouped by author.
We keep a reading log in which we write book reviews. Our favourite authors include: Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, David Walliams, J.K. Rowling and many more!
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