First Grading Period 2021-2022

Nature Faces

Fall is here, and nature art faces are a great way to celebrate the fall season! Your students can create a self portrait from natural material.

See weblink to create your own self portrait



OPTION ONE: Field Trips

Field trips have resumed for the 2021-2022 school year. Please contact Geri Granger at ggranger9556@columbus.k12.oh.us as soon as possible so your field trip can be scheduled.

Spruce Run Field Trip Activity Ideas by grade level.


OPTION TWO: Flat Ranger Granger

Ranger Granger, is FLAT, just like the main character Stanley Lambchop in the book “Flat Stanley” by Jeff Brown.

For those of you whom have never heard of the book "Flat Stanley" it's about a boy, Stanley Lambchop, who was flattened by a bulletin board that fell on him in the middle of the night while he was sleeping. One special advantage of being flat is that Flat Stanley can now visit his friends by being mailed.

Just download the flat Ranger Granger, cut it out and take it with you on all of your adventures.

Here is the link for the flat Ranger Granger: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ya25_v0oRsWqBcpDIm-6RY_SRk7GR5WTPYeqE70DEZA/edit.

Email me pictures of yourself holding up the flat Ranger Granger cut out while experiencing your great nature adventures! In the email share with me where you are and what you are doing. Also, tell me what state you live in and the school you attend. My email is ggranger9556@columbus.k12.oh.us.

If you need some fun nature based ideas to do with flat Ranger Granger I have created a list titled "100 Things To Do Before You Turn TWELVE": https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Zo0ZyR6NVAenKz2y0dY-YeT1Y4iUoRyCgHcrJ86qVEE/edit

If you would like to know more about the adventures of Flat Stanley? This is a link to have the book read aloud to you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QD5UAbDNLs

OPTION THREE: Ranger Granger on YouTube

Currently, the following videos can be seen on youtube:

Please read the description of each YouTube video for more information and related web links.

Ranger Granger: Bird Sounds

OPTION FOUR: Ranger Granger Road Show

Teachers, I am available to be a guest speaker in person or through video conferencing with your students. This is a great way for me to stay connected with students and keep them excited about exploring nature.


Help your students create their own science experiments and collect real time data using iNaturalist or our game cameras at Spruce. Through collecting data in realtime, students gain better depth and understanding in data analysis and formulating conclusions. Citizen science projects are a perfect way to integrate formal writing with math and science.


Within Spruce Run's Google Classroom Connections are some suggested activities for teachers to use with their students to help them stay connected with nature.


Please join my classrooms:

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Volunteers Needed

Become a volunteer. All you need is an enthusiasm for nature and the great outdoors, a willingness to learn and a desire to share with others! Volunteer hours are flexible and will depend on your chosen job area(s). No previous training is needed: training programs will be provided. Currently, we need volunteers in the following areas:

Office: answer telephone, filing, organizing supplies for school group activities

Horticulture: working in the greenhouse, raised bed, landscaping maintenance

Naturalist: sharing your personal "Nature Hobby" such as birding or rock collecting with student groups

Maintenance: general upkeep of the buildings and grounds

Scout Specialist: working with troops, or individual scouts on badges, scouting projects and volunteering opportunities at Spruce Run

Office of Teaching and Learning

Office of Teaching and Learning

3700 S. High St.

Columbus, Ohio 43207

Office number 614.365.5727

Leslie Kelly, Executive Director, Teaching and Learning

Brian Morton, Director of Secondary Curriculum

Katy Myers, Secondary Curriculum Supervisor

Heather Allen, K-5 Coordinator, hallen704@columbus.k12.oh.us

Jennifer Nord, 6-12 Science Coordinator, jnord5257@columbus.k12.oh.us

Geri Granger, K-12 Spruce Run Coordinator, ggranger9556@columbus.k12.oh.us