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The Science of Fun

One of the great things about working at FernLeaf is that we really like hanging out together after work! The idea for this fieldwork began with Shannon Frazier from second grade and Becca Butler from first grade making a spontaneous decision to go snow tubing on their three day weekend.

After slipping and sliding everywhere, falling on their bottoms a few times and having the best time of their lives, they realized that this would make an amazing fieldwork for their students! On their way out, they stopped and talked to the local business owner, Andrew, and the joint fieldwork to the zip-and-slip was born.

First grade had been learning about forces such as pushes and pulls, friction, and gravity. They then applied their knowledge of forces to learning about simple machines. Snow Tubing was the perfect way to see these forces in action and how they can be applied! Second grade will begin exploring forces and motion in the coming weeks, so what better way to build some prior knowledge?

We are so grateful to work in an environment where we, as teachers, have autonomy when coming up with ideas for fieldwork that are not only relevant to our learning goals, but engaging as well.

The science of fun is always a priority!

This article was written by Leah Banford (photo is 1st from the right above), currently a 2nd grade Teacher at FernLeaf. Learn more about Leah, Shannon, Becca and all of our incredible team here.

FernLeaf is currently accepting student applications for our lottery until March 31, 2023 for the 23-24 school year. Learn more and apply here: We are ALSO accepting applications for staff positions for the 23-24 school year. Learn more here:

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