Thursday morning 1/2 NG and a team of fantastic volunteers headed out to learn about the environment. More specifically, we wanted to observe some of the things we had been learning about in the classroom by experiencing it for ourselves. The students came prepared, as any scientist would, with buckets, magnifying glasses and nets. While exploring the creek and the Poole Creek Walkway students were given an iPad to record their observations and thinking. They also had a list of “look fors” that included things like: something left by humans, something that is changing because of the seasons, something that is moving, something that could be food for a hibernating animal etc. We also collected samples to study back in the classroom. After an exciting visit to the pond where we caught minnows and tadpoles some of the children took the challenge of trying to carry water back to ALC. We tried to experience what it would be like if we did not have running water but instead had to collect our water from a water source. We managed to bring back 10 litres of water, which isn’t a lot. We are going to discuss what we would use this for if this was all the water we had for a day.
We are starting to observe, think and write like scientists. In our class brainstorm we discussed that Scientists use pictures, drawings and lots of details to describe and explain. Here is some of our work showing what we discovered when we returned to the classroom and studied the items we collected.
Here is one of our scientists explaining how temperature affects living things. Enjoy!
What was your favourite thing about this trip? What did you learn?