Monday, May 20, 2013

The Ultimate Field Trip!

Hi blog friends! I've had a pretty busy time between graduations, family and school events and now I'm on the ultimate field trip! Follow along with my first graders this week and explore the places I'm going with my daughter and her 8th grade class!

Dear First Grade Owlets,

I miss you very much! I think about each of you as I rush from one activity to the next trying to keep my eyes open...I'm so tired. After watching my daughter graduate from college, we packed up all her belongings and drove four hours home. I made it home in time to pick up Ella and get to our meeting spot to hop on the tour bus. We got on the bus at 10:30 at night and drove all through the night until we got to our first spot. Our first stop came after a twelve hour bus ride. That is a long time to be on a bus.

You would love to visit the place we first stopped at. It is a very famous place. Let's see if you can guess its name. It sits on top of a high hill in Virginia.  It is on the back of a nickel. Our third president lived here. Did you guess Monticello? If you did, kiss your brain...You are really smart. I learned all kinds of interesting things here.
This is the view from Monticello.

In this observatory,  Jefferson could watch the stars at night, or
his garden during the day.

One thing I found out was that Thomas Jefferson had pet Mockingbirds. They are one of my favorite birds. They are very noisy and make the sounds of other animals and birds. Go here to learn more about them and hear their sound.
I've never seen a Mockingbird in Michigan. Trying to get his picture almost made me too late to  go inside
the house!
I wish I could show you inside the house. There are so many awesome things to see. Sadly, we were not allowed to take any pictures inside, You can see pictures of his house HERE. Would you like a special surprise when I get back? Find out three interesting facts about Thomas Jefferson. Write them down and save them in your OWL book until I get back. Come back tomorrow for another challenge!

Queen Owl!


  1. Your students must have loved getting this from you. Great way to keep them connected to what you are doing while you are gone!
    Conversations in Literacy

  2. What a GREAT idea! I can't wait to see what comes next! :) Do I get to write three interesting facts too??? :) Be safe and have fun, my sweet friend!


  3. Looks like the ultimate field trip for sure! Keep the pictures coming. :)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  4. What a fun field trip! I love Monticello! His retreat home, Poplar Forest is a little over an hour away and really neat too. Thomas Jefferson was a man with some wonderful ideas! Enjoy your awesome field trip!!

    Reading Toward the Stars


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