Wednesday, November 19, 2003


A fieldtrip to the International Rice Research Insitute.

I'm going to have Katherine write up a little summary of her trip to the Rice Institute. I didn't get to go on the trip, but it sounded like she had a great time. She came home muddy enough!
Here's her story, a project written in class:
That is the farmer's life
By: Katherine Hopper
On 11\18\03 two of the grade two classes went to IRRI. In the morning I had to wake up at 5:30 as usual and drove to school. When we were getting on the bus I just remembered I forgot my glasses. We only had 5 minutes, so I climbed out of the bus and grabbed my glasses. We were off to IRRI. THe good thing was that I thought it would take 2 hours, but it only took 1 hour and 40 minutes.
When we got there we saw many weather instruments that IRRI was using. We saw a wind vane and instruments to see how much heat the sun was releasing. Then tere was a rain gauge, and an evaporation tank which was really cool. The tank was full of water and the people there were really trying to evaporate all the water, finally, the humidity thermometer.
We had to do lots of field work. Even though it was hard work, it was fun. We all got muddy and sweaty. We all thought it was too fun to stop, so we tried to make the teachers let us stay longer but even the teachers were having so much fun so they could not hear us at alllllllllllll!!!!! We all saw many good bugs and many bad bugs. Some big mosquitoes got me. I was itching all over. I got to plow behind the carabao. It was really cool! It plowed the mud really well. Yuck, but then the carabao did a pretty good job. Then we had to walk in algaw which was on top of the mud. It looke dlike dark, green slime! Ha!
Then we got to use a plowing machine. That is what threw mud in my face. It was fun anyway. After w got washed up we had a good peaceful lunch. Finally we headed home! It was a fun time but we just can not stay forever! Maybe we can go back next year!
Woudln't you like to be a Farmer?

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