Field trips provide an excellent opportunity to explore the real world and apply learning to things found in our local areas. We believe in providing our children with the opportunity to learn from our direct environment and community.
Below is a brief summary of a project that has lead our marine life study, and a field trip to Galveston………
The students were inspired by our salt water tank and Teagan’s interest in a book about fish to study the ocean.
The students began by making fish out of fabric. This sparked a lot of discussion in the classroom about fish, oceans, and waves. The more the students talked, the idea of creating a water wall evolved. They wanted to take pieces of blue construction paper and put it up as a representation of water. However after looking at pictures of water and talking with the atelierista , they realized that water has movement. To further enhance their understanding, the students began to discuss how waves are created. This lead to an investigation about waves.
The students came up with multiple theories on how waves are created. However after some research about waves and a desktop fan, the students were able to conclude that waves are generate by wind and as wind pushes on wave that wave pushes the next.
The students began to ask other questions such as, “Where does sand come from?” and “How much salt is in salt water?”
The water wall started to become the students’ artistic representation of our salt water tank and the elements that they understood.
The class planned a trip to the beach to help the students with their investigation. The students went to the beach with the objective of looking for answers to their questions. They needed to observe the waves, examine the sand, and to collect water samples.
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There were so many discoveries that derived from our beach adventure. We began by looking out at the ocean. “What do notice about the waves?” the teacher asked as she pointed to the back of the Gulf of Mexico.
“The waves in the back have color and the waves in the front are white,” Preston said. . This sparked a new question, “Why are the waves white in the front?”
“It’s all the bubbles,” Sean said.
The children tried to collect samples of the “bubbles.” They collected them in jars, on a shovel, and in a jug so that we can find out what are the bubbles and what is it for.
The water was not the only thing the students collected that day. They brought home shells, pieces of drift, various sand samples, and any other traces of their adventure at the beach.
Their beach collection, and new knowledge from the field trip gives us brand new material to extend our learning even more.