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December: History of Snow Globes and Pioneer
Parties Students studied the history of the snow globe and practiced constructing a scene of their own. They also completed the salt dough ornaments begun in November. Finally students played family games from the pioneer times.
November: Holiday Crafts
Members discussed the differences between holiday celebrations on the homestead and celebrations today. Students created their own crafty gifts from recycled and natural materials. They also created salt dough ornaments.
October: Gaming in the West
Doug Cubbison and Con Trumbell shared different gaming activities which were common in the west during early settlement.
August: Use of Resources across Cultures
Club members studied the use of renewable and non-renewable resources across the centuries. Students broke into teams to research how the Native Americans and the early pioneers used natural resources. They then compared their findings to resource use today. The session ended with a discussion of modern differences in resource use after watching the film The Gods Must Be Crazy.
July: Banner Ranch
Con Trumbell gave us a tour of his family’s Banner Ranch. Students learned of the local history of homesteading, ranching, and fencing in the Casper area.
June: Muddy Mountain Tree Hike
Students studied tree identification and other lessons from Project Learning Tree. Everyone enjoyed the morning hike at Muddy Mountain Environmental Center, which ended in a tree poetry writing session.
Russ our local geocaching expert guided students on their first geocache experience at the Trail Center. Students learned to orient with GPS units while searching for the hidden caches.
April: Creation of a Casper Tapestry
Students learned the history of the Battle of Hastings from the descriptions on the Bayeux Tapestry. Students discussed how historical events can be documented in media other than written words. Then students produced their own tapestry for Casper, WY.
March: Mapping Potato Mountains
History club reviewed the basics of a topographic map through discussion of township-range, contour lines, and scale. Members drew individualized maps of their potato mountains to discover how the slope of hills are revealed through the placement of contour lines. Members were also exposed to the concept of using triangulation to find their location on a map.
February: Cross Country Skiing
During February's club, families and friends took to the trails on Casper Mountain to cross country ski. Several new skiers learned how to balance on the thin skis and to climb hills. It was a wonderful exploration of winter outdoor activities.
January: Archive Exploration: Newspapers of the Past
History club members explored the national archives through sound and written word during January's meeting. Students listened to a 1943 recording by the Department of the Interior concerning conservation of home resources. Then they explored newspapers of the past and identified key points of originality in the old papers. Students then created their own paper by modeling their favorite part of the old papers.