Jane Ulrich, the teacher who went to Washington DC with Pat Otto and PLT this summer, teaches 4th grade at Sunny Hills Elementary in Issaquah, Washington. As we are fast approaching the new school year, it seems like the right time to talk about one of the projects that Jane uses in her classroom. Jane works with students every year on a science, photography and poetry unit, which she describes below:
I teach haiku poetry to inspire students to connect with their emotions when writing about something they have photographed in nature. I use photography with my students across the core curriculum, but especially in the area of science. To improve observational skills, using the camera has been a very successful avenue. To integrate haiku with photography during outdoor science investigations, in particular, I see my students develop an interest to care for and protect those outdoor classrooms in which they work. As one of my former students said at his fifth grade graduation this year, “The best place to be at school is in the garden.”
The photo and haiku below were framed and presented to the senators and representatives that Jane and Pat visited while in Washington DC.
Standing all alone,
Watching skiers pass along
Blending with the snow.
Nicholas Jennings, 4th Grade
Mrs. Ulrich’s Class