‘Thermal Waters’ Research in Arnedillo

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We are lucky enough to live in a beautiful environment, in which we have the opportunity of bathing in hot springs every day of the year.

But the students do not know the origin and the explanation of this natural phenomenon. Therefore, in the subject of Nature Sciences, the older students have done a small process of research on this fact.

Using different sources of information on the Internet, as well as interviewing some residents of our village, the conclusions drawn are:

– There is a false myth about the origin of the hot springs, believing that its origin is due to a volcano.

– But the real origin of the thermal waters comes from the existence of a geological fault, that due to the movements of earth happened during the Jurassic period and the displacement of limestone rocks,  it allows the water to warm up and we can enjoy it at about 50 °C.

The students have developed different Word documents, in which they have collected all the extracted information.

After doing this work, all the students from Arnedillo went to the edge of the pools, where the 5th Year children could explain to the rest of their classmates (the smaller ones) the reason why we have thermal waters in Arnedillo.

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Owls and firefighters

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.

Water Adventure Lesson with parents (PL)

These days Polish group of Bees had a Water Adventure lesson, which was the last “Learning Community” day within our last eTwinning project “Bunch of eGrapes”. Because it is all about water, we decided to share it with you here, in Erasmus Water Cycle space…

While this learning opoortunity Bees were playing with various water tasks, together with five parents and special job shadowing guest – Alina Wujcik, an eTwinning ambassador from Łódź, Poland. As previously did, children formed six groups and went for team adventures, supported by a Little Drop of water they met for the first time.

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TASTE OF WATER

There was a special place children could taste the water. Bees had five different tastes of water to recognize – still water, plain water with lemon flavour, apple flavour, strawberry flavour or raspberry one. Bees also clarified their favourite taste. They shared with first opinion about the healthiest type of water – which topic is going to be widely discussed later on.

Water card we used in this task: TASTE OF WATER

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DOES IT GO DOWN?

Children made an experiment with a collection of items to check how they behave when put into the water. Bees used a special observation card to mark the result of observation.

An observation card to download: SINK OR NOT

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WATER SOUNDS

This activity was the great opportunity for stimulation and creativity. Children were trying to discover sounds of instruments which could match with various situations connected with water, like sounds of: river, fountain, waterfall,  raining, storm, sea sound of waves, sink etc.

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ART OF WAVES

So cool to paint on the wall.. Bees could feel like real artists, using blue paint to make an art work while listening to the music in the background…

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DROP SIZE AND EXTENT

This station consisted on two different task in the matter of comparing size and volume.
First, children tried to make an order from the biggest water drop to the smallest or just the other way about.  File with water drop to compare: DIFFERENT WATER SIZE

Then, Bees played with water to fill containers with a “small” amount, “medium” and “big” amount of water. They also used written words and drawings to join the amount with the meaning of words.

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MEASURING WATER

The last station was giving children the opportunity to calculate the amount of water needed to fill the container. Bees used pbs game called “Bubble bath” (http://pbskids.org/peg/games/bubble-bath). They did some counting and had a lot of fun, especially when they chose too much containers to fill the bath of Peg and Cat…

Finally, there came the time to find the treasure of the adventure. of course, it was the WATER. Meantime Bees made a coding task to meet the name of Little Drop who is PELKA, the mascot which will be playing with us in this eTwinning project.

Reported by: Bees