Our latest inquiry started a few weeks ago when the ice started to melt outside on the playground. Every night it would reform and melt again in the day. The children noticed that the puddles were getting smaller and we were starting to see more soil, sand, garbage, etc. Hence, we began to think about SPRING!!!!
This led to questions about water and inquiry about what happens to the animals during the winter. So…… we started learning about water and how important it is to keep it clean. Ms. Melanson read a story about Freddy Fish. Freddy was a happy little fish who decided to explore. One day, he left his safe, clean pond and encountered some things that were not very healthy for him; human garbage, moose poop, oil and sludge, acid rain, etc. Freddy got very sick! As students listened to the story, they had a chance to pour these pollutants into the water. As they watched the water change colour and texture, they also watched Freddy get very sick.
Some of their comments;
“Ewww, that’s gross!” “Look at Freddy. He’s turning green!” “He’s getting sick.”
“He’s going to die.” “Don’t put garbage in the lake.”
The next day, we continued our inquiry with water and learned about its many properties and uses. We explored water as a main source of hydroelectricity and watched a few videos about how generators work, power stations (Niagara Falls, Ear Falls, etc.) Students used their own water wheels to create movement. They learned that water falling from a greater height creates faster spins and seems to be more powerful. One student commented, “We need a rotor. Then we could make electricity and turn our lights on and off.”
The children also examined water and its usefulness for transportation. They thought about the value of boats, ships, barges, rafts, etc. and how these vehicles carry goods from one place to another. Students then made tin foil boats and predicted how many plastic letter beads their boats could carry. They soon discovered that when they spread the letters out onto a larger surface, their boat could hold more and remain afloat. I think they managed to hold up to 100 beads on one particular boat. Well done, boys and girls!
Please join us on Monday April 23 for our EcoSchool assembly, as kindergarten sings a song about how to take care of our Earth and save our water. The assembly will be at 1 pm in the school gym.