Friends School of Minnesota Blog

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Kris Bennett - Middle School Math/Science Teacher

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Place-Based Education – Working with the NPS and STEAM Day

By Kris Bennett, FSMN Middle School Science Teacher Friends School of Minnesota is committed to developing scientifically literate students. Our program is designed to nurture curiosity about the natural world, develop students skilled in scientific inquiry, and promote critical thinking in all areas of life. The key to this approach is ensuring that children are at the center of their learning. Students must have experience constructing their own understanding through.. Read More

April Prairie Restoration at Coldwater Spring

Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th graders made their second to last field trip of the school year to Coldwater Spring on April 26th. Students went on a series of monthly field trips to various locations along the Mississippi as part of the 5/6 interdisciplinary unit about the Mississippi river.

Spring 3rd/4th Grade Field Trip to Fort Snelling State Park

Friends School of Minnesota third and fourth graders had their last visit of the school year to Fort Snelling State Park. Despite the unpredictable weather, students were able to study phenology on Pike Island, pull baby buckthorn with our DNR Naturalist, and attempt to seine the river for fish. The fish apparently thought is was still winter, however, and were hiding in the deep waters! We caught one very tiny.. Read More

Field Trip to Red Wing Public Works

Friends School of Minnesota fifth and sixth grade students traveled to Red Wing, Minnesota to see a downstream section of our mighty Mississippi River and visit the public works. They are studying water and food systems through a year-long, interdisciplinary unit in science, math, humanities and the arts.