As Wonderland children continued to explore different types of sea animals, one animal that they were drawn to and spoke a lot of was a SHARK! As they discussed details about how a shark moves, eats and it being one of the “scariest” sea animals in the ocean, they became very focused on shark teeth. This drew them to do a comparison between the human teeth vs shark teeth. The teachers began by letting the students work in groups to observe one another’s teeth at the light table where the light shined bright on their faces and they also had a large sized mirror in front of them. This helped them identify the difference in shark teeth and human teeth.
Light tables are a perfect resource for science and discovery. Normally we use our light table to set up an inviting provocation with materials based on our exploration, but this time we were able to use it simply for its glow of light on our faces.
When mirrors are placed in front of children it doesn’t take long for them to start exploring their selves. Mirrors focus the children’s mind on an area of science and generates initial questions they may have while observing their features.
Being able to have these two resources the children were able to identify the difference in the shape, color and size. After having open conversation and discussing details the children were able to draw a shark mouth and count the number of teeth they believed a shark may have. This helped children with math and writing skills, allowing them to create addition problems as well as identifying numbers.
- “Shark teeth are triangles and our teeth are square “ –Cody A. (Age 5)
- “Sharks have sharp teeth because they are predators and eat hard meat.” –Brett H. (Age 4)
- “Shark teeth are spread out.” –Mackenzie H. (Age 5)
- “Shark teeth are big and our teeth are small.” –Maya M. (Age 5)