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Page Ten N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, November 28, 2013 Middle School Yukon Days The sixth grade students participated in the annual culminating Yukon Days recently. The day concludes a month long interdisciplinary unit with the core subjects. In Social Studies, the students wrote a ten day personal diary depicting a character experiencing the Yukon Gold Rush of 1897. Factual information was given about the lifestyle and trials and tribulations of the actual gold rush that took place in the Yukon at that time. A small replica of Dawson City was created as a cooperative lesson. This year the sixth graders continued to study a Yukon mammal, but also added a weather-unit. Each student chose a Yukon mammal and created several different ways to showcase their knowledge. There were many clay models designed along with some extremely creative writing assignments. A short weather unit was added this year in which students compared the Yukon weather with Iowa weather. Students split up into small groups and were assigned one of the four seasons. Groups studied the season in the Yukon and in Iowa. Each group then presented their findings to the class in the form of a weather forecast. The students did a wonderful job with this project and will continue to do it again next year. In Health class, students were provided information on hypothermia and everyone learned how to set broken bones by making splints using sticks and pieces of cloth. The English students participated in the Yukon unit by reading "The Call of the Wild," by Jack London. Students then discussed the conflict that occurred between the dogs. It was rather eye opening for the students to see that conflict is not just between humans. The students were also exposed to new words as they read, enhancing their vocabulary. For the culminating daN sixth graders dressed up as their character in their diary. A special presentation was given by Howling Hills Canine Campus in Cumming. Ginger Plummer and Shelly Lewis brought several of their huskies and their dogsled. The women explained how the dogsled worked and how the huskies were trained and cared for. Students were then given various stations to experience activities that would have been done during the gold rush. Students experienced how difficult it was to use a two-person saw and orienteer their way to the gold strike. Along the way, they stopped by a campfire replica where they sampled beans and ham and sourdough bread. Other activities included a team building station, a reader's theater and identifying animal tracks. The conclusion of the day was spent watching "White Fang." One activity was a reader's theater where students read short plays about the Yukon. Students created a simulation model of Dawson City during a cooperative lesson. Ginger Plummer from the Howling Hills Canine Campus brought several hus- kies and her dogsted to show the students. Sixth graders were able to taste homemade beans and ham with sourdough in one of the rotations. Students dressed as their character in the Yukon diary. Winners were chosen for boys and girls. These students were the winners of the contest. Students identified Yukon mammal tracks. The earliest recorded international cross-country automobile race was a match between England and France that took place out- side Paris on March 28, 1898. England won. Deadline for ads, legals and stories is Noon Friday! Two students are learning how to use a two-person saw. Photos submitted. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 (NAPS)--To help prevent ~colon cancer, the Food & DrugAdministmtion recently approved an effective, low- volume bowel preparation for prior to colonoscopy in adults. For.information about this Suprep Bowel Prep Kit (sodium sulfate, potassium sulfate and magnesium sul- fate) by Braintree Labora- tories, Inc., visit www.suprep kit.com. / Surgeons at Hartford Hos- pital can now hone their skills at the Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation, which has a computer-driven, humanlike mannequin named Sim-Man. Learn more at www.harthosp.org and (860) 545-5000.