Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sharing Smiles!

     We have been learning about making predictions during our reading groups so I couldn't resist having some fun with the students. Our trout books arrived this week. I was very eager to share it with the students, but decided to build the anticipation a bit.  I wrapped the box with wrapping paper and a bow and placed it in the room waiting for the students to notice. It sat most of the day without a comment. Then finally a student noticed. I told them we would be writing predictions during kid writing  about what it could be.
     A glimpse into the world of first grade...being March 16 with a leprechaun on the loose at Lack Tuscarora Elementary school...three students predicted it could be a leprechaun. Other predictions included a toy, goodies, markers, reading books, Foxy, or a  kitten. There were three whom accurately predicted it was our trout books.

   I just love seeing their faces when they see the book for the first time. It makes me smile. I wanted to share the smiles with you! Enjoy!

Love the smiles!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Fish Tales 2017-2018

     We have been busy writing nonfiction and fiction stories to publish in our class book as a tribute to our Trout in the Classroom Program. It is a lot of work, but it is so much fun to see the student's faces the day the finished book arrives.
    I always enjoy discovering the impact this program has had on the students through their writing. I love seeing evidence of their learning hidden in the stories.
    One of my favorites this year was when a student included our incidence with fungus in his fiction story. He had Spider-Man Trout save a fish population by treating the water with salt pellets. Pretty creative, it makes my heart happy.
    We will be holding a book showing at our Trout Release at Lost Creek Golf Course on Saturday, May 19, 2018. We have endured two power outages this year to date without losing fish. The school district has a generator on hand to hopefully prevent a repeat of last year's loss of the entire tank 10 days prior to release day. Hoping things continue to go well until May!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Trout Adoption 2018

  Our second shipment of trout were scheduled to arrive on January 17, 2018. Due to a snow day, they were not delivered until January 18, 2018.  Against all odds, they have endured the transition and extra ride in the UPS truck so far. We have also adopted a shipment intended for Thompsontown Elementary who was unable to receive the shipment due to equipment failures. We were more than glad to accept their shipment. Hopefully, we can keep them all alive until May 19, 2018!
     To prevent another issue with fungus, I added some salt pellets to the tank to knock off any fungus they may have brought with them. It also seemed to help them adjust the new environment. So far so good, we have not lost any. I made a special basket to protect them as I feared the remaining trout from the first shipment may try to enjoy them as a snack.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year 2018!
  It appears that we have the fungus issue resolved. The few remaining trout appear healthy and strong.  I have replace all the sponges in the tank in an attempt to remove all the fungus from every nook and cranny of our tank. We have not lost any trout over the Christmas break! This alone is cause for celebration. I know of others who have lost their entire tank and remember all too well the feeling.  We are scheduled to receive another shipment of fry at the end of January...and we will begin writing our trout book! So much to look forward to in the new year!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Fryday...battling to survive!

   Many TIC programs this year are battling a fungus that is decreasing our trout  populations. Despite our best attempts to remove the visible fungus and dead fry...the war rages on! It seems to be a losing battle.
      Our trout tank here at Lack Tuscarora has dwindled to approximately 30 fish fighting to survive.  We continue to lose around 5 fish per day.
    Finding humor in life is my survival technique...I can relate to this little guy as I have struggled to keep my head afloat this week....He just will not give up! Neither will I. I am inspired by his spirit. Hang in there's almost Fryday!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Swim-up Fry...

     Our trout are growing stronger every day. We had several escape the hatching basket which had me a little concerned because it is more difficult to get food down to them when they are on the bottom of the tank.
   Two of my strengths as a first grade teacher are patience and persistence. Both have paid off as we now have several  fry strong enough to swim-up to the top of the tank. This is so exciting to see. They look so tiny now, but they will quickly grow. Take a peek!
     Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

First Feeding TIC 2017

    We are so excited to share that we have swim-up fry searching for food! We even have a few that have jumped out of our hatching baskets and are on their own in the  BIG tank...we will do our best to get food down to them as they are not yet strong enough to swim to the top of the tank! Stay tuned to see how we make out!