Water week at Frog Song was very exciting… We learned SO much!
In the beginning of the week we learned about different bodies of water, including oceans, lakes, ponds, rivers, waterfalls, etc. The children got to make books where they colored a picture of a particular body of water and then cut out and glued the definition below it.
We spent a morning learning about the water cycle with reading the book, “Water is Water” by Miranda Paul. Some children went on to do tea making and noticed how some of the water disappears through the process of evaporation. This day was particularly hot so we went down to our ravine to have a picnic lunch in the shade.
Little to our surprise we made it down to our pond after lunch and it had shrunk! What a concrete, sensorial experience of the water cycle and the effects of hot climate on water!
We then went on to learn about oceans specifically. We learned that the ocean is salt water and makes up most of the earth! We learned about different kinds of animals that live in the ocean and played memory games with them…
We also made ocean collages with sharks, fish, sea stars and kelp!
We also practiced writing letters in salt rocks…
…and tried moving like crabs!
We then went on to learn about ponds. We focused on four different insects we could look for and explore at our pond when it was time to go outside; pond gliders, dragonflies, tadpoles and frogs. We were able to find all four at our pond! We learned about the frog life cycle and some children noticed that some tadpoles had to come to the surface to get breathes of air, which meant that they had started to grow lungs and needed air to breathe, just like us!
Other pond activities included frog bingo…
…and a book called Jo MacDonald, Old MacDonalds daughter, where we got to sing about different animals she finds at a pond to the tune of Old MacDonald!
During water week the children also got to explore weight in water through a sink and float activity…
…and how important water is to our plants when it gets hot out!
Next week we get ready to learn about dirt and rocks!!