MRS. FOLCHI'S CLASS Oct. 21. 2018


Spookie Spider Bisquits

   On October 21 there were 18 creepy crawly spiders loose in Erin Folchi's third grade classroom.  It seems that the Plumas Sierra Cattlewomen were responsible for this phenomen.  As a prelude to Halloween and the introduction of another way to prepare delicious beef the Cattlewomen guided the children in the assembling of these eight-legged creatures.  Each student flattened a biscuit on a muffin liner. Then a heaping tablespoon of taco-seasoned cooked hamburger was positioned in the center of the dough.  Next "hair" (shredded cheese} was sprinkled on top.  A dab of "blood" {ketchup) was squirted on the cheese.  This newly-created arachnid was topped off with two green olive eyes.  After being baked in the oven, each unusual spider was gobbled down by the student who had assembled it.  While the spiders were baking, the children learned about the by-products every cow gives us.  Besides the meat and milk, nearly all of the animal is utilized in things we use every day. From medicine to cosmetics, the cow helps to make our lives more complete.  The session ended with an activity whose theme was "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Burger".  Each child filled the "stomach" of a old lady ditto with colored shapes to represent the buns, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and burger.The PSCW presenteers were Karen Rickman, Nancy Thompson, and Kathy Vignolo-Knight. 



Water Cycle Bracelets  Earth day 2017

In connection with Earth Day the Plumas Sierra Cattlewomen visited the third grade classrooms at Loyalton Elementary School and C, Roy Carmichael School in Portola to teach about the water cycle here on our earth. A total of eighty 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.  The classes’ homework was to tell the story of this ongoing process to their families.  The Cattlewomen who gave this presentation were Pat Ramelli, Stacey Estrada, Bonnie Bona, Hollie Coogan, and Nancy Thompson.


Our annual "Ranch Day" event is always a big hit. Over 90 3rd through 4th graders gather at the Goss Ranch. For over 30 years, Doris and Dave Goss host this event. We are proud to have Doris as our member, and she has been a member since we started. 
    Ranch Day consists of 5 stations for students to have a "hands on" experience. Fron wagon rides for a history of the ranch and a view of cows and their calves in their natural habitat to cow/calf health care. They enjoy sheep care and sheepdog demonstrations by Doris Goss, to see how the dog is an essential part of keeping a herd. Next stop would be brand identification, history of brands and each child goes home with a "branded board" ,made by our "hubby" volunteers who show how the irons are actually used. 
    Another station the kids really enjoy is the chicken and egg cycle, with a variety of eggs to view.  Laurel teaches about the egg cycle and demonstrates its development from the beginning.
Not to leave out the famous "Beef By-products Board" with an interactive discussion with one of our members. Of course, it ends with questions and answers , and the students are rewarded with gummy bears and mini marshmallows ,which have beef by-products for an ingredient.
PSCW follows up Ranch Day by visiting the schools to see what students liked about what they learned. Best, was what they enjoyed the most......
The students presented us with drawings of their favorites of the day. 

Plumas-Sierra CattleWomen are dedicated to keeping Ag in the Classroom. We are busy throughout the school year working with the children at the schools in both our counties.

  One of our members taught nutrition, health facts and worked with the FFA students on the High School level. Other members read books pertaining to ranching and agriculture to a variety of grade levels at our Elementary Schools. PSCW participates in the "Book Project" with the California CattleWomen

Ag in the Classroom

Our congratulations to our member Nancy Thompson who won the award for the most time and books read in the classroom of all the units, at the CCW/CCA convention in Reno, NV. for 2018. With Kathy Vignolo-Knight coming in 2nd. Congratulations. !!!!