CASSTOWN — Students from the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter had the tables turned for a day when they became teachers at Miami East Elementary School on Wednesday, April 13. Fourteen sophomore students enrolled in Plant and Animal Sciences were trained in Project Wild earlier in April and then prepared 20 minute lessons to educate Kindergarten and first graders about wildlife.
The goal of Project Wild is to assist learners of any age in developing the awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment to result in informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment upon which all life depends. Linda Raterman of the Miami County Soil and Water Conservation District was responsible for the training and lesson development the FFA members went through.
Couy Moreland, Alex Isbrandt, Aly Jordan, Jessie Huffman and Emma Linn played “Animal Charades” to teach about domesticated and wild animals with Mr. Justin Roeth and Mrs. Stephanie Larson’s classes.
“Quick Frozen Critters” was a fast, freeze tag game to help learn about predators and prey. Kami Martin and Dylan Hahn really enjoyed teaching this game with Mrs. Betsy Seger’s class.
Dawson Kingrey, Alex DiNardo, Lane Davis, Rachael Hodge and Zac Gordon played the “Thicket Game” with Mr. Preston Elifrttz and Mrs. Carmen Richter’s class. The game included a hind-and-go-seek game to mimic how wild animals hide from their predators.
Emily Thimmes and Caitlin Fryman taught Mr. Preston Elifritz’s class about the carrying capacity and basic needs of bears during “How Many Bears Can Live In The Forest?”
According to Raterman, Project Wild is endorsed by the Ohio Department of Education (Divisions of Curriculum and Instruction and Professional Development), Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio Wildlife Federation, League of Ohio Sportsmen.
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