Monday, May 23, 2011

Tremont Expedition Video

Are you curious as to what exactly MRH students do when they go on expeditions like Tremont?  Check out the video's a compilation of everything that goes on at Tremont and gives some really nice explanations and overviews courtesy of MRH students, teachers, and Tremont staff.  Enjoy!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Tremont Expedition

Whew!  What an amazing expedition and week at Tremont at the Great Smoky Mountain Institute!  The 7th graders had an amazing time and showcased what great learners and outdoor abilities they have!

For some this was their first experience out of the state or outdoors in the wilderness, and oh boy!  They did not let any of that stand in their way.  Students--whether it was their first time or fiftieth in the woods--dove right in and immersed themselves in nature.  They all became citizen scientists with helping the Tremont staff with their Tree phenology and Salamander ecology studies.

All of the students amazed themselves (and their teachers!) by completing the entire 8 mile hike through the Smokies.

They all learned how to read a topographical map and navigate through the woods.  Complaining was almost an non-entity; students participated fully and enjoyed all that they were learning and engaged with.

All in all, this was a fantastic week of expedition, learning, and growing.  These 7th graders are amazing, and continue to amaze me every day with all of the things they are capable of and can do.  I look forward to getting to spend another year with these incredible students!

Check out the Tremont expedition video below:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tremont Prep!

This week we're spending a lot of time preparing for our expedition next week to the Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont.  We've made a simple outline of the major historical events that happened at/around the Tremont area.

This timeline will help guide us along our preparatory investigations of Tremont and the Great Smoky Mountains.  We are going to spend time this week looking at the Cherokee nation and their removal in the early 1830s from their home in the Smoky Mountains due to the passage of the Indian Removal Act.  We will take a closer look at their experiences along the Trail of Tears and their 1000 mile journey from Tennessee to Oklahoma.  The students will usurp the role of a Cherokee Indian traveling along the Trail of Tears and write a letter home detailing their experiences and what they are observing on the Trail.  We'll also look at what the settlers did who moved in when the Cherokee were forcibly moved out (logging, railroads), and then wrap up our prep with the establishment of the National Park in 1934 and the Civilian Conservation Corps help in reforesting the area and creating the park that we'll visit next week.  We'll also check out some relevant videos thanks to and its information on the Indian Removal Act.

All in all, it should be an informative week that will hopefully well-prepare us for our expedition to the Great Smoky Mountains next week!

Stay tuned for photos, videos, and stories to come of our expeditionary week at Tremont!
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