Monday, September 17, 2012

Summary Sam and Stuhr Museum Field Trip!

Summary Sam also know as Miss Kitty is the name of our classroom cat. She comes out at the end of IMPORTANT lessons and at the end of the day. Summary Sam asks students what the main idea of a lesson was or what the students thought was the most important thing they learned at school throughout a particular day. At the beginning of the year we talked about how she is a very sleepy cat and so he will ONLY come and visit us at the end of lessons and at the end of the day. I tell my students that Summary Sam has slept the entire time during the lesson and so he really needs some SMART FRIENDS to tell him what we did in Math, Writing, Reading....etc. Sam is a fun way to help students retain as much information as possible! THEY LOVE HIM and ask to get him out all the time! It is also a GREAT way to teach summarizing!

Here is a picture of Summary Sam used for closure! You could use any animal!

This past Friday we went on our first field trip of the year. We went to the Stuhr Museum and learned about the Pawnee Indians. The children got to visit a tepee, an earth lodge, see a buffalo, and put up and take down a tepee. In the earth lodge we learned about how the Pawnee Indians lived. The students got to try on Pawnee hunting gear and clothes, try out their games, and see how they made their food.

Trying on a Pawnee girl outfit. 

Passing around hard cloth that the Pawnee Indians used for their clothes.

Trying on a wolf skin. This is what the Pawnee Indians put over their heads when they were going hunting. 

Playing Pawnee games. 

Sitting on a bed that the Pawnee Indians would have slept on. The beds were made out of soft animal skins. 

Reading a story using Pawnee symbols. 

Trying on a baby carrier! 

Ask your child about the pictures that they see and what they liked the most about the field trip. 

Making corn into corn flower!

The girls got to set up the tepee!

My WONDERFUL class :)

Sampson the Buffalo!

Tomorrow we are going to look at the pictures of our field trip and blog about our favorite part. SO EXCITED :)


  1. It looks like you all had fun. Sydney tells me that she loved laying on the buffalo hide, and seeing the teepee.

  2. Looks like they had a lot of fun. Thanks for shareing.