Rainy Day Discovery

This morning’s weather proved to be little finicky as it rained on and off for over an hour but that didn’t deter our youngest explorers. We prepared ourselves with boots and raincoats and then embarked on the great outdoors to enjoy the unseasonably warm day. It wasn’t long before a student noticed a small worm making his way up the side of boulder. We theorized about how he was able to hang on to the rock without any arms or legs. We studied how his body would shrink and then stretch as he so effortlessly moved across the rock once he reached the top. Then, before we knew it, there were two worms crawling across the rock. One student proclaimed that there were so many worms out because it was raining and worms love water. The students took turns gently touching the worm and then squealing with joy. It always amazes me what wonderment can be found on what might seem like a dreary day.

What do you want to learn about outer space?

Now that our space study has been underway for a couple of days, we thought it prudent to find out which aspects most interested the children.  We were impressed by their curiousity and prior knowledge.

The Questions to Investigate

  • How do you get out of Earth? -Cl
  • Why does the Earth spin? – So
  • Why are there so many planets? – Re
  • Why are there aliens in the sky? – El
  • Can astronauts go on hot planets or cold planets? – Om
  • What is inside Jupiter? – Ja
  • How do rocket ships blast off? – Sa
  • Why does Jupiter have a red spot? – Ca
  • How hot is the sun? – Ka
  • Why is there gravity? – Ev

First, we plan to tackle the queries pertaining to Earth.  This morning, the children made their own hypotheses  for these questions.  Their answers will be posted on the Morning Message outside the classroom.  We’ll read some texts today and see if we can find any factual support for their ideas.

Symmetrical Aliens