Westwood Elementary celebrated Kansas Day on January 28, 2019. The main theme for this year’s celebration was Exploring the Great Outdoors! This was an all-day event, and students rotated through eight different stations.
Our Wildcats enjoyed a “barn dance” hoedown in the music room with Ms. Guthals. Station 2 was Kansas Birds with Chuck Otte. After all that dancing and learning about bird calls, the students experienced making ice cream the old fashioned way with a hand cranked ice cream maker. They also learned the science behind ice cream making from Mrs. Lundgren. Then they were able to taste the rewards of their labor.
The next station was a carnival in the gym where they played Kansas themed games.
Next, the Wildcats made a trek to the library to go on a “nature walk” where they looked for a variety of animals native to Kansas. Students learned about our Kansas Symbols from Milford Nature Center in Station 6. The wildcats aren’t done with animals yet! Station 7 was trapping and fur harvesting with Mr. Adams. In the last station, Westwood Wildcats learned about fish habitats and rod casting techniques from Chris Biggs with Fishing’s Future.
At the end of the day, everyone was exhausted, but very satisfied with their day of learning.