In recent days, we have been doing various experiments with water, so the children get a feeling for the water, a lot of interest has woken up among the children, and find our experiments very exciting.
Sink or Swim?
Tornado in a jar .. we used water, dish soap, glitter and jar.
The glitter symbolizes the soil, the water represents the air and the foam of soap is the clouds. When it is swirled in a circular motion, the mini tornado forms!
coloring the earth! first we explored a real globe, looked at all the country´s like poland,slovenia and spain! then we explored the sea an found out that there is more sea than land on our planet!
Clouds in a jar! We used a jar, ice cubes, hairspray and boiling water..
We went on a field trip where we found a fire hydrant and we wondered what it was used for and who could use it. Following that trip we went to a visit to the fire station. There we got the answers that everyone can use the fire hydrant, but to do so we need a special key to open it. We also got to know where the water is coming from. It comes from the borehole.
We also saw a fire truck that is always full of water and was also used when the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull took place.
If there is a fire, the emergency line (112) will tell the fire department. There are no longer bells in the firedepartment.
Children: There is a bell inn the nursery.
Children: How does the bell turn on in the nursery?
Fireman: The smoke detector turns on the bell if there is a smoke/fire.
Little stream runs in neighbourhood and we go there often and throw leaves, stones and sticks in admire it. When we started to talk about water we decided that we want to know more about this stream.
First we learnt a song about little stream and it goes like this:
Little stream stop for a while, look around
and tell me where is your home.
My home is under the mountain,
where birds sing happily.
And why are you so restless,
running from home and birds?
I’ll come back,
when the rain will soak the earth.
We liked a song very much and we decided that we would really like to know where is the home of our little stream. We went for a walk and we were walking by the stream and we were observing very carefully. We were counting bridges, looking for plants and animals… Sometimes we lost it and we have to listen very carefully that we could follow its way. And you know who was with us? Our little drop Pika.
We found the water reservoir and we learnt that from that reservoir we get water through pipes to our homes, preschool that we can wash ourselves, drink it…
We have a fire station in our neighbourhood so we can observe firefighters on our walking trips. When we were talking about the purpose of water we knew that firefighters need a lot of water. But we didn’t know how they can get water in their big tanks. So we decided to ask Otto’s mother for help. She is firefighter and she took us to water hydrant and than to fire station where we found answers to our questions.
The children in Lundur (3-4 years old) have been talking about where the water comes from and they were all sure it comes from a water tank.
We research some water tanks and found these two in our town:
They knew the old one was empty because we had already gone and check it. Some children wanted to go again and some wanted to see the other one. We decided to vote on the matter. We took pictures of both tanks and the children voted by putting a block next to the picture they wanted to see.
The big colourful tank won this voting by 8 points against 2 points.
This tank is a bit far from our school so we had to take the bus to get there. When we got out of the bus we were not sure if we going the right way. One girl said she knew it was right because she could smell the water tank smell. We all took a deep breath and guess what! we could smell it too.
We followed the water tank smell and walked further. After few minutes we saw it! A big beautiful watertank.
We knocked on the tank to see if we could find out if it was full with water. but we could not hear anything. The tank was very hard and it is probably empty. But we saw a water pipe that went down the tank. But was empty as well
Then we saw a strange lid with some letters on it. The children asked the teacher to help them read it. Is says “VATNSLOKI” which means waterlid. So we wondered if the water goes down the waterlid and through the ground and in the watertank?
When looking at the pictures on the watertank we saw it has water painted on it. The children agreed that this was a picture of the sea but it was strange because it has three different colors of blue and they did not agree if the sea really has so many colours.
Ana said that the little water drop can travel from Slovenia all around the world, but we didn’t believe her. She read us a story about little boy Peter who had an amazing dream about water drop’s traveling and we were surprised. We wanted to know more!
Through English song Water Cycle Song on YouTube we learned about continuous movement of water on, above and below the surface of the Earth. We were fascinated! We wanted to have our own water cycle in our classroom! But it wasn’t an easy job. First we were talking a lot about what’s happening with water drop during the movement of water and printed some pictures and watched animation for better notion about it.
Than we literally cut the picture into pieces and were working in groups. Our task was to plan how to create the exactly specified process water takes as it moves around the Earth in the water cycle (Precipitation, Condensation and Evaporation) on the wallboard.
We had some great ideas and we created an amamzing board water cycle in next few days!