April 18, 2013

Following in Anasazi Footsteps

Tucker and Fisher at Mesa Verde cliff dwellings
Last week was sort of quiet around Friends’ School. Our fifth grade was nowhere to be seen.

Early on Monday morning, they boarded a luxury coach, which took them on an eight-hour journey to the Four Corners area of Colorado, to Mesa Verde National Park and Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

This lucky group of fifth graders were our inaugural travelers on what will become an annual tradition at Friends’ – the fifth grade trip to Crow Canyon.  Our students spent four nights and three full days as archaeologists and explorers – and had a wonderful time in the process.

What follows are some spectacular photos from their trip, as well as comments from our fifth graders on this amazing experience. Our entire school community is invited to the fifth grade presentation and slide show on Monday morning, April 22nd at 8:40 a.m.

Enjoy this photo diary of their adventure.

The bus ride was fun. – Adam

I learned the cliffs were not the natives’ first choice because it was cold and hard to farm in them.  
I also learned atlatls were preferred over bows. – Charlie F.

I learned how to throw a spear with an atlatl, how to make twine, and 
how to excavate. - Anna

We learned the step by step process of building pithouses and kivas. – Campbell

Something that surprised me about the trip was how much fun you can have 
learning history. – Charlie S.

This experience has given me lots more knowledge about how the Anasazi 
lived and changed over time.  – Ellia

All that I learned was amazing.  This trip has been a great big step in 
the journey of life. – Georgia.

It was really fun to spend a week with my class. – Sophie

The food was great. Something that surprised me was how much I was able to 
learn but yet how much time we had left over for fun. – Mia

Advice for next year’s class: it was fun, something you will never forget, 
and if you get carsick easily, don’t sit in the back of the bus. – Evelyn

I feel appreciative because I learned a lot, had fun, and really was myself.  
I hope that will help me for the rest of the year. - Charlotte

Before I went, I felt a little bit nervous because I have never been away that long 
without my parents. Now that I am back, I wish we could have stayed longer.  – Sara

It was awesome. - Cameron

It was sad to see Mesa Verde falling apart. - Tucker
They used twine to make sure their houses would stay together. - Sally

We learned how to make fire. - Sophie

It was a great learning experience. I'm glad we got to do it. - Jack K.

Our amazing teachers who lead the trip:
Liz Mulvihill, Mary Pearsall & Erika Norman

Fourth graders - this will be you next year!

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