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C. Roy Carmichael third-graders display the bracelets they created with the help of members of the Plumas Sierra Cattlewomen. Photos submitted

Cattlewomen to the classroom

Sierra Gonzalez holds a poster that delineates the earth’s water cycle.

In connection with Earth Day, the Plumas Sierra Cattlewomen visited the third grade classrooms of Ms. Kooyman, Ms. Cone and Ms. Martinez at C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School to teach about the water cycle here on our earth.

Fifty-five students learned how important this is to our lives. The water we have now has been here for as long as earth has existed and is continually being recycled.

Beginning the story with clouds (condensation) and continuing  with rain (precipitation), then on to ground (accumulation), and then bodies of water, followed by plants (transpiration), heated by the energy of the sun and finishing with water vapor (evaporation).

This cycle begins all over with the formation of clouds.  To further instill the total process in the minds of the students, each child strung a set of seven beads on a length of leather lacing in the following order: white (clouds), light blue (precipitation), brown (ground accumulation), dark blue bead (bodies of water), green (plants and transpiration), yellow energy from the sun and clear (water evaporation).

This “bracelet” was tied on the students’ wrists as a reminder of the sequence of the water cycle.  Their homework was to tell the story of this ongoing process to their families.

The Cattlewomen who gave this presentation were  Bonnie Bona, Hollie Coogan and Nancy Thompson.

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