Lesson One

Establishing a Sense of Place

In this lesson, we watch a short video that challenges the viewer to test their knowledge of their surrounding environments and journal their ideas.

The curriculum binder contains a student journal that students would use to record their answers.

We will use the comment section at the bottom of this page to answer some of the following questions that the sense-of-place video asks.

  1. What changes do you look for for signs of spring?
  2. What changes do you look for for signs of summer?
  3. What changes do you look for for signs of fall?
  4. What changes do you look for for signs of winter?
  5. Do you have a favorite place outdoors you like to go?  Why is this place special to you?
  6. What time of year do you visit this place?  What is the weather like?
  7. What is the nearest river to your school?  Why do think it has its name?
  8. What is the name of the nearest mountain range to your school?  In which direction do the mountains run?
  9. In which month is the Bitteroot plant ready for digging?
  10. What did the moon look like last night?  Where was it at in the sky?
  11. Which birds migrate from your community before winter?  Which birds stay?
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42 responses

5 02 2010
Shirley & Cindy

1.What changes do you look for for signs of spring? sweet smells, green grass
2.What changes do you look for for signs of summer? heat, brown grass, harvest
3.What changes do you look for for signs of fall? leaves fall; turn colors
4.What changes do you look for for signs of winter? bare trees, snow, cold
5.Do you have a favorite place outdoors you like to go? Why is this place special to you? mountains and trees; natural
6.What time of year do you visit this place? What is the weather like? spring, summer, winter, fall
7.What is the nearest river to your school? Why do think it has its name? Milk; it is cloudy
8.What is the name of the nearest mountain range to your school? In which direction do the mountains run? Bear Paw; Broken Mountains; E/W
9.In which month is the Bitteroot plant ready for digging? April
10.What did the moon look like last night? Where was it at in the sky? 1st quarter; west
11.Which birds migrate from your community before winter? Which birds stay? geese, ducks, robins; sparrows

5 02 2010
Jenny & Aunty Jo

1. meadowlarks and pussy-willows
2. warmer and longer days
3. changing leaves and geese flying south
4. cool temperature and shorter days
5. Aunty Jo: cave mountain – peaceful, being outside, quiet hiking
Jenny: Stuart Lake – canoeing, sunsets, ice hockey
6. Aunty Jo: Summer – the weather is warm and the nights are cool
Jenny: Summer and Winter – hot or bitter cold
7. Aunty Jo: Pondera Creek
Jenny: Sun River
8. Rocky Mountain Range which runs north to south with a little west to east diagonal
9. Late summer

5 02 2010
dennie

1. Spring: return of the birds, grass greens and cows calves
2. Summer: school is out, warmer, softball season
3. Fall: Wheat ripening, harvest
4. Winter: colder air, snow
5. Whitefish and Flathead Lake: Many family vacations and memories
6. Summer and it’s warm
7. Milk River
8. Dirty Milky Color
9. Bears Paw Mountains
10. East West and then south
11. Half moon at 45 degrees
12. Western meadow lark leaves quail stays

5 02 2010
Sarah, Mary Lou, Margurite

1) Spring would have little buds, tint of green all over, melt off.
2) Summer would have hot weather, swimming pools out, flowers in bloom.
3) In the fall the leaves change color, cooler nights, and the sky changes, dusky pink sunsets, migrating birds.
4) Winter has cold temperatures, hibernating animals, northern lights,, holidays, snow, frost.
5) We like to go out Glacier, where there is a place for swimming, waterfalls, being outside on the ranch. These are peaceful places and its nice to be outside because it is more choice. The wind is also nice because there is pressure on your skin.
6) Glacier and the water places we visit in summer or fall. The ranch is all year long.
7) Galata is Marias and Teton river near Choteau and Missouri River at Fort Benton.
8) Rockies near Choteau and Sweet Grass Hills in Galata and Highwoods and little Belt at Fort Benton.
9) We’re not sure, but thinking spring or fall.
10) The moon was almost half waning.
11) Robins, geese, winter pelicans , and swans migrate before winter.

5 02 2010
Callie and Haven

1. green grass, robins, rain showers, wild flowers
2. grass headed out, longer days and warmer, no school, kids at the pool,
3. harvest of crops, football,cooler days, first frost, school, leaves changing color
4. snow, skiing, shorter and colder days, sledding
5. montains/rock canyon, because it is peacful
6. spring when the weather is cool, winter to skii, summer to hike
7. milk and Sun River because of color and location
8.Bear Paw – east/west & Rockies north/south
9. August
10. it was in the west and it was a quarter
11. robins leave, sparrows stay

5 02 2010
Brian & Lisa

1. The road thaws and gets muddy.
2. Longer and warmer days.
3. Redwing blackbirds begin to flock and Canada geese start flying overhead.
4. Deer start herding up and new coatings of snow on the high peaks.
5. Going outside the back of the school and sitting with my dog. Enjoy the days when it is warm and watching the local jack rabbit. If I am there my dog won’t chase it.
6. Spring, summer and fall. Almost always windy.
7. Teton River. I don’t know, but do know it is derived from the French language.
8. Belt Mountains. They run from the SW to the NE.
9.Fall
10. Eastern sky, waning 1/4 moon
11. Kestrels migrate before winter, magpies, game birds stay, and ravens stay for the winter.

5 02 2010
Emmylou and Emily

1. green, fresh smells, robin, calves
2. warm weather, antsy children, gardening
3. my birthday (Emily), leaves changing, frost, snow
4. hibernation, frozen pipes, my birthday (Emmylou), snow, dark, gloomy
5. gopher hunting, relaxing, entertaining
6. summer, spring, hot
7. Missouri-Something to do with the state
Marias-named after someone
8. Bears Paw and Sweetgrass Ranges-East/West
9. May
10. Gettin’ smaller
11. robins leave. raven, hawks, eagles, owls stay

5 02 2010
Susan and Lydia

I look for budding leaves, robins coming home, warmer nights, longer days, tulips and dandelions.
The signs of summer are newly mowed hay, kids at the pool and the creek, smell of BBQ, long days and warm wind.

The signs of fall are hunters orange, changing leaves, cooler air, snow in the mountains, school buses and migrating birds.

The signs of winter are short days, frozen creeks, cold wind, drifts, Christmas and clear night skies.

My favorite outdoor place is down by the creek. I love the sound of water, peacefulness, and birds.

The time of year I visit this place is usually all the seasons.

The nearest river to our school is the Teton and the Marias.

Lewis and Clark named the Maria and the Teton is named after the buttes.

The nearest mountain range is the Rocky Mountains that run north to south.

The bitteroots are ready to be dug up in June.

The moon was gibbous and bright. It was located in the south.

The Blue Birds, Meadow Larks, Robins, Warbblers are the birds that migrate. The birds that winter with us are the Chickadee, sparrows, hawks, Nut Hatches, Owls and Pheasants.

5 02 2010
Cindy & Twilla

1. Birds singing; geese flying north; grass growing green; trees budding; meadwolark arrival; lamb arrival
2. Longer days; warmer temperatures; garden growing; peonies blooming
3. Turning leaves, cooler temperatures; birds going south; lower rivers; school starting
4. snow; short days; below zero temperatures; bare trees; snow on the mountains; frost & fog
5. backyard – smell flowers, barbeque, read, relax, garden
6. spring and summer- warm and sunny
7. Milk River- because it is muddy. Teton River-named after the mountains
8. Bear Paws- Northeast to Southwest Rockies- North and South
9. July
10. 3/4 moon, southeast
11. geese, meadowlark, robins, songbirds migrate. Sparrows, magpies, crows, pheasants and grouse stay

5 02 2010
Ranae Mellgren

Spring:
1. Trees turning green, starting to come up, Meadowlark & Robin returning ,
Snow melting, newborn babies-fawns, calves, lambs,
2. flowers in full bloom, warm weather , beautiful sunsets, rainbows
3. fall colors-trees turning, harvest, wheat fields turning golden
4. snow, ice, beautiful mountains turning white cold
5. going to the mountains-near us – the beauty of the mountains
6. Summer/ spring- all year
7. Milk River Lewis & Clark said it looked milky
8. Bear Paw MT. from south
9. Not sure spring?
10. last qter. NE 11. Pheasants, Owl, Eagles, grouse stay leave: all except those stated.

5 02 2010
Robin

1. buds on trees, meadow larks singing, flowers breaking ground, calving-lambing, seeding,
2. lots of leaves of trees, lots of flowers, mowing grass, cutting hay
3. leaves turning vibrant colors, harvesting, hot weather, canning stuff from garden
4. cold weather, fighting bad roads, SNOW
5. sweetgrass hills- its is cool, lots of trees and a creek. Had lots of family picnics up there
6.Summer and fall, on a really hot day
7. Milk River – because it looks milky sometimes
8. Rocky Mountains, runs north and south
9. no idea
10. Too foggy to see it
11. robins, goldfinch, meadowlarks, prairie chickens, sparrows, wax wings

2 02 2010
Jody & Kara

1.) The weather warming up, grass turning green, and manure freshening (you can smell it.)
2.) There are hotter days, people floating the river, and vacations.
3.) The colors of the leaves are changing, geese honking, school in full swing.
4.) Cold, no dead skunks, and snow.
5.) No.
6.) Little Blackfoot, it was names for the Blackfoot Indians.
7.) Garnet Mountains, North & South.
8.) It was the brightest it has been in 30 years, (2 nights ago), it was by Mars.
9.) Bluebirds left, crows and eagles stayed.
10.) May is when the Bitterroots are ready to dig.

2 02 2010
Leigh Ann Valiton

1. Countryside getting green, birds returning, baby animals.
2. Harvesting, warmer weather, longer days
3. Leaves changing color, cooler weather, birds flocking
4. Cold weather, short days, dormant plants
5. Our back porch, because I can see Ovando Mountain and/or The Tobacco Root.
6. Year round. Seasonal
7. Jefferson, because L & C named it. Blackfoot, because of the tribe.
8. Tobacco Roots, N & S ,
9. June
10. Almost a full moon,

2 02 2010
Lindsey and Ashley

1. The changes in flowers such as Crocuses, Tulips, and Daffodils. Also the Caving season.
2. The weather is warm and I’m planning my day around being outside. The Peonies and Lilac are blooming and the Robins are singing. Mosquitoes are out.
3. We can tell it’s fall when the trees begin to change and the pumpkins are ripe. The harvest comes in and the smell of decaying leaves is in the air. Also the rainy season begins.
4. The air becomes crisp in winter and the snow begins. You can no longer see gophers and other hibernating animals.
5. Ashley likes to go by the river because it’s calming. Lindsey’s favorite outdoor place is near the Boise River in the cottonwood trees. The summertime atmosphere there is very soothing.
6. Ashley goes to the river in the fall when it is cooler. Lindsey likes to visit the river in the summer (despite the mosquitoes!).
7. Beaverhead—named by William Clark after a rock outcrop.
8. Ashley: Garnet. Lindsey: Blacktail (E-W).

2 02 2010
Sandy Stitt

1. Snow melting, crocuses, new babies, robins, blackbirds, pussy willows, mud, wind,
2. Killdeer, heat, longer days, warm nights, flowers, butterflies, insects, hay,
3. Turning leaves, migrating birds, crisp days, hunters, school buses
4. Snow, cold, icicles, frosty breath, no leaves, slick roads, wood smoke, shorter days
5. In Mom’s garden; barnyard
6. In the summer because it’s warm, colorful, smells good; year round, seasonal weather
7. Little Blackfoot-Indians; Blackfoot-Indians
8. Garnet Mtn Range -north/south
9. July
10.

2 02 2010
Mary and Aleta

1.budding lilacs, robins, melting snow, longer daylight 2. blooming pink, green grass, warmer weather, trees leafed out 3. cooler evenings, falling leaves, shorter days, leaves turning, harvesting, 4. freezing temperatures, short days, snow, ice, warm clothes 5. lake, my garden, parks, river; solitude, beauty in nature 6. summer,spring, fall; warm, cool, hot 7. Little Blackfoot River; after the Native Americans 8. Garnet Range; North-south 9. June 10. full NW 11. geese and robins; chicadees

2 02 2010
shirley

1.flowers,new babies,rain
2.warmer weather,longer days, end of school
3. Leaves changing color and falling off, cooler evenings, hunting season
4. Snow falling, birds leaving, colder weather, shorter days
5. Anywhere in the hills because it is peaceful, my back yard
6. Anytime of year. It depends on the season.
7. Big Hole, Clark Fork – Big Hole Valley, Clark
8. North/south
9. May
10. Almost full
11. Great Blue Heron

2 02 2010
penny

Spring- longer days, new birds, warmer temps, tulips, dandiloins and other new plant growth, rain, gophers. Lilacs, leafing trees, a lot of shades of green.
Summer- By July, some warm weather, blue skies, long days, flower blooms, warmer nights, garden growth, pelicans at the lake, camping, hiking, burnt lawns and irrigation. Labor Day, BHC Fair, Fourth
Fall- shorter days, crisp air, cooler temperatures, fruit and veggies, school busses, hunting, geese migrate, colorful fall leaves, frost and crunchy ground.
Winter– Short days, long nights, cold air, snow and wind, melting and freezing. Christmas, ski season, plays, dormant trees- lots of grey and frozen ground. Iced water, ice fishing, skating. sledding, snowmen, sub-zero- tree popping. Hot coco. Animal tracks.
5> Mountain lakes because they are quiet and relaxing
7. Big Hole River, drainage
8. Pioneer Mountains
9. May

2 02 2010
holl/ brit

1.robins watching antlers as they lie in the green grass and melting snow
2.fly fishing guides and tourists Schools Out
3. The high pitch of an elk bugle as it quakes the changing leaves
4. Tractors, feeding, congrgating herds of wildlife, less traffic
5. mountain lakes
6. plentiful fish and lack of people
7. depends on the season access(year round)
8. cool to cold
9. Jefferson, Swan
10. a fork of the headwaters,
it runs through the Swan mountains
11. Tobacco Root Swan
12. North South
13. June
14. 2 nights past full

2 02 2010
Stacey Mannix

1. Flowers blooming, trees budding, snow melting, warmer winds, willows budding, birds returning.
2. Longer days of sunshine, warmer days, taller grass, lawn mowing, haying beginning, moving cows to the mountains, leaves on trees, fruit buds on tress growing.
3. Harvesting the garden, leaves turning colors, shorter days, certain smell in the air and crisper feeling.
4. snow, cold, ice, shorter days, longer nights, big full moons, winter sports, no green, dormant trees.
5. I love to ski up the creek, or on the Raymond Ranch. It is a special spot because it is quiet and you can have down time and stop your mind from going so fast.
6. All times of the year, but I wander farther during fall and summer.
7. Clark Fork/ Blackfoot Rivers Assume from Lewis and Clark expedition. Blackfoot summer range.

8. Ruby Range east to west
9 June
10. Huge, but not as big as Friday night. High
11. Meadow Lark, certain ducks, robins, song birds

2 02 2010
Anne and Robin

1. snow melt, birds chirping, more daylight, budding,
2. school’s out!!!! even longer days, hopefully warmer weather, plants leaved out
3. coolness in the air, snow flurries might be common, leaves are changing, grasses are usually brown
4. cold, cold, less daylight and more darkness, ice,
5. a peaceful outdoor place away from it all. It’s relaxing.
6. any time there is no snow, variable but at least peaceful
7. The Little Blackfoot River, perhaps from the Blackfeet nation
8. The Garnet, north south
9. late summer, August
10. pretty full southeasten part of sky
11. meadowlark, hummingbirds, robins, red-winged blackbirds leave. Magpies, eagles, chickadees, kingfishers, crows/ravens

2 02 2010
Lacey & Linda

1. Calves, breaking ice, meadowlarks, bluebirds, willows, more sunlight, buds, & bugs

2. End of the school year, wild flowers, rushing water, vegetables, river height, Salmon Flies

3. wooly catepillars, frost, golder grass, colorful leaves, pumpkins, Farmer’s Market, the peach truck, bird migration

4. Snow, Christmas, shorter days, layers of clothing, snow tires, sledding

5. Humbug Spires, the Blackfoot River, Glacier Park, Yellowstone Park
We like the serene atmosphere, fresh smell of outdoors, connection with nature.

6. Anytime, to see the seasonal changes.

7. The Big Hole River, the Wise River, North Fork of the Blackfoot. Lewis & Clark named them first, renamed later. Blackfoot Indians used it.

8. The Pioneer Mountains, Scape Goat Mountains

2 02 2010
Lacey & Linda

1. Calves, breaking ice, meadowlarks, bluebirds, willows, more sunlight, buds, & bugs

2. End of the school year, wild flowers, rushing water, vegetables, river height, Salmon Flies

3. wooly catepillars, frost, golder grass, colorful leaves, pumpkins, Farmer’s Market, the peach truck, bird migration

4. Snow, Christmas, shorter days, layers of clothing, snow tires, sledding

5. Humbug Spires, the Blackfoot River, Glacier Park, Yellowstone Park
We like the serene atmosphere, fresh smell of outdoors, connection with nature.

6. Anytime, to see the seasonal changes.

7. The Big Hole River, the Wise River, North Fork of the Blackfoot. Lewis & Clark named them first, renamed later. Blackfoot Indians used it.

8. The Pioneer Mountains, Scape Goat Mountains

8.

2 02 2010
msgraveley

1. Increasing sunlight, grass greening, birds chirping, warmer weather (sometimes):).
2. More flowers blooming, warm nights, long days.
3. Leaves changing colors, dew in the mornings, cool nights, cool days, grass turning brown, late fall birds migrating.
4. Snow, short days, cold weather, bare deciduous trees.
5. Megan-cross country and downhill skiing, camping/hiking
Tressa-go to the lake on a hot summer day, camping/hiking
6. camping/hiking (late spring/summer), lakes (summer), skiing (winter):)
7. Jackson (Bighole River)-originates in the Bighole Valley; Avon (Little Blackfoot)-after the Blackfoot Indian tribe
8. Jackson (Bitteroot Range of the Rocky Mountains) runs north to south
Avon (Garnet Range of the Rocky Mountains) runs north to south
9. Fall……
8. Bighole River

2 02 2010
msgraveley

I can’t count I guess….oops:)

1 02 2010
Don and Kathy

1. Warmer weather, grass greeening, longer days, robins return 2. Days hotter, bugs come out, warmers nights, crops and gardens grow, need to water gardens and crops 3. shorter days, leaves turning, temperature drops, birds start to migrate, farmers harvest crops 4. less daylight, old, snow, Western MT is foggy and overcast. Eastern MT is sunny 5. Flathead Lake and ridges of Bull Mountains 6. All year long 7. Seasonal 8. Flathead River, coming into and out of the Flathead lake, Musselshell River, named for mussels in it 8. Mission Mountains, running north and south, Bull Mountains, running north to south 9. June ? 10 Full or just after, South east 11 robins, meadowlarks, migrate and hawks, eagles

1 02 2010
alexis/jessica

1. Baby animals, blossoms on trees, melting snow, river thawing, birds returning
2. Everything is green, warm weather, flowers in bloom, summer vacation
3. Leaves changing colors, cold weather, frost, warmer clothing, birds migrating
4. Bare trees and ground, snow, wind, quiet, cold temps, shorter days
5. We enjoy going to the river, out on the deck, to the mountains…It is very peaceful and quiet. Being able to escape to the outdoors away from everything is special!
6. The summer is the best time to visit these places-when the weather is warm!
7. Yellowstone river-because yellow stones (gold) were found in the river. The Ruby River- Ruby Mountain Ranges and garnets are found in this area.
8. Ruby Mountain Range-north/south, and the Absorkee Mountain Range-North/South
9. August
10. It was almost full and it was in the
11. Robins….

1 02 2010
Bobbi and Lynn

1. snow melting,crousses blooming, robins, mud, budding willows, water run-off, baby animals
2. hot, water goes down, wildflowers, birds, green trees and bushes, grass
3. changing leaves, cooler, elk bugeling, yellow grass
4. migrating birds, cold, snow, ice on river, migrating bison
5. Yellowstone
6. French explorers named it after the yellow rocks
7. Absorkas southeast to northeast
8. Full/low in the sky/east
9. June
10. robin, song birds, geese

1 02 2010
caddiscaster

1. dog tracks mud in the house, leaves on trees, grass is green, mud, slush, flowers, snow melting
2. long days, smoke in the air, hot, dry and brown, kids are out of school
3. raining, crunchy leaves, schools back, football, leaving are changing, snow
4. snow, cold, wind, short days, skiing, holidays, family, ice,
5. Jen-our family cabin in Wyoming, I spent a lot of time there when I was a child and enjoy the quiet and being in the woods. Melissa-hiking and a stream with my dog and my future cabin because I like to be anywhere outdoors.
6. Jen-spring to fall and the weather is different each time I go up there. Melissa- spring, early summer it is green and wet and the water is high
7. Jen- 10 Mile creek, Melissa- Yellowstone River
8. Melissa-Absorkas Jen-I don’t know the name of it but I will find out:)
9. We are not sure but we will guess August of September late summer
10. little less than full-waning , It was snowing and I could not see it
11. huns stay, sparrows stay

1 02 2010
Sarah And Richelle

1. The first signs of spring are new growth, such as grass, buds, tulips, baby animals.
2. Birds are always singing, sounds of the lawn mower, children out playing, and beautiful sunshine.
3. Cool breezes, changing leaves, a new crisp smell, possible frost. THe color of brown.
4. The snow falls, trees are bare, and lack of animals, deer are moving.
5. Back home on the ranch and childhood home of 40 acres. IT is special because it is tranquil and slow. So many positive memories.
6. Spring with baby calves it is always wet. When you can be outside and enjoy the area.
7. The Yellowstone. French fur traders because of the sulfur turning the area yellow.
8. The absoroka range runs North and South
9. August and September
10. Waning Gibbous South and East snowing didn’t see it
11. Robins Geese woodduck western meadowlark migrate, Chickadee stays!
8.

14 01 2010
Mary and Gwenn

Forgive the “most prettiest”!

14 01 2010
Mel

Spring: The smell of the air changes, bulbs emerging from the ground, trees budding, sounds of the river breaking up, birds singing.
Summer: Hot afternoons, deer with fawns, tall grasses and wildflowers. Haying
Fall:Change in the air, leaves falling, crisp morning temperatures and warm afternoons.
Winter:Cold weather, crisp mornings and fewer birds and animals active
I like to go to the river because the sound of water is calming. I like to put my feet in the water.
I like to visit Spring through fall
Bitteroot is ready in summer
No moon
Waterfowl leave
sparrows, some robins stay, Bluejays stay

14 01 2010
Nicole & Sandy

1. things turning green, flowers coming out, horses shedding, new baby animals, mud, longer days
2. no school, warmth, swimming, haying, long days
3. school starts, cooler, colors change, shorter days, harvest, hunting, animals getting winter hair
4. cold, snow, short days, skiing,
5. Nicole- mountains in SW Colorado & Bozeman-family
Sandy- Bighorns lakes & rivers- year round sports, family
6. Nicole- mostly summer- CO whenever- Bozeman weather- whatever
Sandy- year round- cold, snowy or warm, sunny- wait 5 minutes & it will change
7. Nicole- Yellowstone- nearness to Yell. Park- yellow stones- (Crow way)
Sandy- Bighorn- Big Horn sheep & their legends from the Crow
8. Nicole- Bighorn- North to South
Sandy- Bighorns, Pryors, Wolf Mtns- West & East of us running North to South
9. April
10. a sliver- watching for deer not admiring the moon
11. migrate- killdeer, finches
stay- ducks, geese, turkey, owls, hawks, eagles, woodpeckers

14 01 2010
Mary and Gwenn

We look for spring flowers, like the pasque, in spring. In summer, we have flowers in full bloom and trees with leaves. In fall, the aspen turn color. We have snow in the winter with the evergreens staying green.

Both of us love the fall colors of Spearfish Canyon. Bridal Veil Falls was the most prettiest in years. Gwenn also enjoys the beauty of Flathead Lake and the reds of October (most of Montana does not have red in its fall spectrum). We go to these all year around, throughout all of the seasons.

Mary lives on the fork of the Rosebud Creek and the Yellowstone. Gwenn is on the Little Missouri.

The Bear Lodge Mountains are closest to Alzada, while the Big Horns are closest to Rosebud. The Bear Lodge run north and south; the Big Horns are east to west.

Well, the bitteroot blooms in June, at least out of Molt, Montana.

Monday there was a sliver of a moon, and it was in the southeast.

Waterfowl like the Canada geese migrate. Some sparrows stay and robins in some places stay during the winter.

14 01 2010
Estelle and Valerie

1. The changes we look for for signs of spring are blooming of flowers, grass turning green, newborn animals and the warmth of the season.
2. The changes we look for for signs of summer are the leaves on trees for shade, longer days, sunburns, and vacations.
3. The changes we look for for signs of fall are ripening of grains, harvest of fields, changing color of fall leaves, cooler temperatures, and picking of fruit from trees and vegetables from gardens.
4. The changes we look for for signs of winter are the blowing and drifting snow, shorter days, colder temperatures and frozen water pipes.
5. Our favorite place outdoors that we like to go is to the hills and mountains of Eastern Montana. These places are special to us due to the serenity and peace from the busy lives we lead.
6. We usually visit these places as often as time allows. The weather is generally cool and calm.
7. The river that is nearest to our schools is the Yellowstone River. The Yellowstone River was named for the sand rocks, light color found around the banks and area.
8. The nearest mountain range to our school is the Big Sheep Mountains. The mountains run North and South.
9. The Bitteroot plant is ready for digging in the month of May.
10. There was no visible moon last night
11. The Western Meadowlark migrates from our community before winter. The birds that stay is sparrows and blackbirds

14 01 2010
SEWVLJ

1.Flowers blooming, birds chirping, rain, melting snow, buds on trees
2. Insects, snakes, hot weather, no school
3. Leaves changing color, cooler weather, back in school, harvest
4. Frigid temps, snow/ice, feeding livestock, warm clothes
5. Hell Creek Lake….many hours of family fun time. Anywhere outdoors where there are few people…..the feeling it gives me, a sense of freedom.
6. Year- round
7. Powder River: Mussle Shell River
8.Little Bull Mtns./E to W ?
9. Late Spring
10.Close to a new moon, or may already be.??
11. Meadowlark migrates and Finches stay.

14 01 2010
JobySamantha

1. New growth, fawns, daffodils, wheat sprouting, calves and lambs, snow melting, warmer, days are longer, river rises, boating
2. Warmer temperatures, clear skies, birds, cacophony of sound, lighter clothing, school is out, harvest begins, water skiing, fishing
3. leaves turning, colder temps, days are shorter, sunflowers, harvest continues, birds migrate south, school begins, animals storing food, skunks return to the school again, sport training begins, hunting begins
4. colder temps, snowfall, freezing rain, muddy roads, river freezes over, ice fishing, bare trees, tracking,
5. Deck. It overlooks the Yellowstone River. Gravel road. I like to take walks and enjoy the scenery and sounds. Birds!!!
6. All year round. It changes frequently.
7. Yellowstone River. Box Elder Creek. Box Elder because of the trees and the bugs.
8. Beartooth Mtns. and Finger Buttes. North to South.
9. September?
10. Not very bright. Waxing?
11. Ducks and geese. Ravens. Pheasants and Turkeys stay.

14 01 2010
David/Charlotte

1. Melting snow, baby animals, budding trees and flowers, grass greening up.
2. Dry grass, trees fully leafed out, thunderstorms, hot days, free time, no school!
3. Leaves falling, cooler weather, occasional snow, harvesting season.
4. Cold days, snow falling, short days, lots of darkness.
5. Skiing, Red Lodge mt. Pryor mountains.
6. Winter, snowy. Summer, cooler than Miles City area.
7. Tongue River, Powder River. Tongue because it twists, forks so much.
8. Big Horns, Custer National Forest.
9. March
10. Sliver, new moon. South.
11. Geese migrate, sparrows, prairie chickens, pheasants stay.

14 01 2010
Barb Joan

1. green grass, warmer weather, birds singing
2. hotter weather, flowers blooming
3. leaves changing color, shorter days
4. cold weather, snow, water freezing
5. park, it is peaceful
6. spring, summer and fall it depends on what time of year we go
7. Powder River it looks like powder in the fall
8. Big Horns north and south
9. September
10. small,
11. geese, eagles

14 01 2010
Jennifer & Etta

1. Returning of Canadian geese. Trees are budding. Grass growing in the fields. Ice melted in the river. Cows calving.
2. Longer days, flowers blooming, vegetables growing, birds singing, warmer temperatures, insects buzzing, wildlife going to the river.
3. Leaves turning colors, birds are flocking together and leaving, animals coats are changing, harvesting sugar beets and hay, grass is changing, first frost.
4. Colder temperatures, shorter days, snow and ice, heavy coats on the animals, grass and trees are dormant, river is frozen, animals searching for food, grumbling people, cabin fever, attitudes, holidays and family times.
5. Mountains- not near us, back yard. It’s peaceful there.
6. All seasons- It changes
7. Yellowstone River- probably named for the rocks.
8. Rockies? We live in the Badlands. North and south
9. ???
10. ? Not sure
11. Migrating: Canadian Geese, Robins, Meadowlarks, Cedar Waxwing. Stay: ?

14 01 2010
Jill & Kari

1). melting snow, mud, new beginnings, baby animals and new plant life
2). hotter temperatures, drying earth, longer days, going to the lake
3). shorter days, leaves changing colors, cooler temps, school starts, hunting season
4). snowfall, colder temps, staying inside more, short days
5). Yellowstone Nat’l Park, it’s so beautiful.
6). Fall, because of the beautiful colors.
7). Mussellshell River, there are a lot of mussellshells.
8). Judith Mtns. I thnk they run north and south.
9). August
10).
11). geese, ducks– chickadees stay

14 01 2010
Sara and Melody

1. crocus blooming
2. wheat crops nearing harvest
3. leaves changing color and falling
4. canadian geese flying south
5. hiking in the hills, because of the peace and quiet
6. spring and fall, warm and cool, depending on the day
7. Tongue River and Powder River
8. Custer National Forest
9. early October
10. Quarter Moon, east
11. stay: geese, robins, Go: swallows, hawks, eagles, crows, turkey vultures

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