The Weather Project. Andromahi Harrison Kara Ellenberg December-March. Catalytic Event.
The Weather Project
The children began to talk about weather related items in the classroom and started to get interested in looking at weather pictures including those online and in books. They would often ask to look up the temperature on our computer and then would begin to ask questions about other information the website would display.
The children investigated the new thermometer donated to our classroom. The children began by asking how to identify the numbers and then began to create a list of which were the cold temperatures and which were the hot temperatures.
Aidan (5.7) shares pictures with Claire about several weather phenomena's including hail, high winds, and damage from those storms.
Brayden (4.9) creates his idea of how ice would be made. He believes ice can be made only if snow is outside and in “quick time.”
Brayden (4.9) wonders if snow makes ice. He asks to put a bucket of water outside one morning as it is snowing. He asks to set the bucket of water in the snow and asks to set the timer. He sets the timer and carries it around. When it beeps, he gathers friends to see the progress. A friend who observed the water documents their findings on a chart.
After the weekend, the children explored the items that we had brought out of the freezer. The children determined that water and milk freeze well. Juice freezes more like slushy then a ice.
After reading one of our texts, Fluffy, Flat, and Wet the children wanted to write down all we knew from the text.
Nolan joins friends at the smart board to re-watch James' Zhara's visit. He tells Mahi several details that he remembers from the visit before the video starts. He then begins to sketch during the video. He then tells Mahi about his drawing. "This is a tornado. It has to be a bad day. It needs to start with a cloud, then a funnel cloud, then it touches the ground and begins to destroy houses. It follows a path or moves all over." He shows Mahi the path of his tornado. "this tuff does not happen at the same time. It happens one at a time." The garage moved because to the tornado. The tornado is over.
Brayden talks about James Zhara's visit as we wait for the video of him to come on. As it comes own, Brayden gets to work without talking to anyone around him. He works for about ten minutes without looking up from his work or talking to his peers near him. He then shares his work with Mahi. He begins talking about his picture which has several different weather events. He shows the picture of the rain. "Those need nimbus clouds. Then it rains. In that way. Not rain and then nimbus. A funnel cloud then tornado. He sounds out tornado with Kara and hears every sound. He then turns to the next page where he has the seasons. He tells Mahi about each picture and shares, "Spring, summer, fall, and winter. In that order. It can't be different. That is just how the earth works."
Children decided they would like to culminate by sharing what they know in Thank You cards to James Zhara.