Some third graders at West Fannin Elementary School were fortunate enough to visit with Tim Mercier of Mercier’s Orchards on Thursday, October 18th. Mercier’s has worked with 1st and 3rd-grade students for two years in their apple orchard beginning with helping to plant our 15 trees. These 15 trees are part of our on-going STEAM project. Students learn about our three different types of apples in our orchard (Arkansas Black, Gold Rush, Crimson Topaz). Students learn about the origin of the trees and how and when to plant the trees. Students also go out once a month and measure each tree and graph them in a bar graph. These graphs are then used to compare from month to month and from year to year the growth of the trees. As students were measuring this month they noticed that some of our trees were not growing as we had hoped and that there were some brown spots on our leaves. As they were researching they wanted to ask Mercier’s to come back and see our trees and help us to diagnose our problems. Mr. Mercier was kind enough to come out and share with our students. These students will now go back and redeliver the findings to the rest of the third-grade students. As the kids would say, “ We now know our problem so now we will start planning on how we will create a solution to solve this problem.”
Picutred at the top: Tim Mercier, Brody Graham and Keats Miller (2 boys in front), Josalyn Deal and Sadie Patto
Fannin County Young Farmers Association members traveled to Moultrie, Georgia to attend the Sunbelt Agriculture Expo on October 16-17. The Sunbelt Ag Expo 2018 celebrated its 41st year and had over 1200 exhibitors that encompassed 100 acres of exhibit space with over 4000 different product lines. The group also toured the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association in Macon, Carroll’s Sausage in Ashburn, The Museum of Georgia Agriculture, The Georgia Peanut Commission and Rutledge Farms all in Tifton. This trip is an annual event.
*Pictured front row left to right: Rhonda Mathews, Sandy Dungy Gilda Lyons, Jeff Queen, Eli Queen
Back row left to right: Mark Wollschlager, Nick Wollschlager, Darrel Davis, Kenny Holland, Bill Bragg, Kenny Queen,
Feature Image – (left to right) – Georgia Hasson (striped dress), Madison Queen, Samantha Combs
On September 4th and 5th students in 3rd grade followed the STEM/STEAM process to create solar ovens. The challenge: Can you make a solar oven that will cook a s’more? Students were given various materials such as foam, black paper, aluminum foil, and boxes. They could only use the materials provided for them. Students worked in small groups to plan and construct their oven. Then, the ovens were taken to the blacktop where students strategically placed them to cook the s’mores. There was another unplanned challenge: overcast weather. However, students were not disappointed. They were able to see the rise in the temperature, record it, and do observations each 5 minutes.
By, April Shinpaugh, (3rd grade math teacher)