Water We Learning About?
CZ: “The sink is broken.”
JW: “If we break our other sink, we’ll have no sink!”
AL: “Bathroom sink was wasting water!”
OW: “The bathroom sink water keep going…water being wasted.”
What do we use water for?
CY: “To wash our hands.”
JW: “We use to drink water. There’s water in the toilet.”
HM: “Sharks need water to live.”
WC: “Animals need water.”
CY: “Trees need water to grow.”
BS realized our Stick Insects needed water to live.
HM pointed out that Tails, our leopard gecko, had a water dish in her tank.
RC noticed that our fish lives in water.
JW, our plant helper who waters the classroom plants, stated that plants also nee water.
Most importantly, all of us need and use water on a daily basis.
Water We Going to Do With This Table?
RC was concerned because she knew that “Water can spill.”
JW followed up with “Someone can slip” if the floor is wet.
OW proposed “We have to clean up the water” if there floor is wet.
AL, rather than treating the issue, went with a more preventative approach when she stated that we needed to “Keep the water in the water table.”
CZ also added that “We roll up our sleeves before playing with the water.”
To ensure all of our friends were playing nicely, RC suggested that “We share the water toys.”
WC agreed with CZ’s expectation and added that we “Keep your body dry. Do not throw water. Do not splash water.”
I-CE What You Are Doing!
Tell us what you know about ice.
WC: “There’s water in ice.”
BS: “Water in refrigerator turns into ice.”
JW: “We freeze water, it’ll turn into ice.”
JW then had an idea of how we could make our own colored ice. Having used food color and liquid water color in several of our recipes when making playdough or slime, he applied that knowledge into his idea/experiment to make colorful ice.
“When we put food coloring in water, and then we put it in the freezer, it will turn into blue (colored) ice.”
“We have to wait a long time to get ice.”
When asked how long we would have to wait, JW paused and guessed “20 minutes to make water froze.”
He added wise advice, “To make ice, you can’t use hot. You use cold.”
We asked him if he could draw us the steps required to make ice. His work is on the other side of this board.
JW’s idea of how we could make ice led us into launching several experiments involving water. The first experiment was to see if 20 minutes was enough time to turn water into ice was. We followed his steps to make colorful ice and it was time to freeze. The temperature outside was well below freezing and we left our water outdoors and took shelter inside to wait.
The next morning, a few of the colorful ice we made were brought into our circle time discussion. We asked what they noticed and to use words to describe the ice, the words they came up with were Hard, Cold, and Slippery.
Melting Back into Water
Water to Wash
Our classroom has multiple uses for the clothespins that are available in our art center, however it was never used as it was originally intended. Connections were made to our previous water experiment with the thirsty air looking to lick water up. It was time for another experiment. We would hang dry a few pieces of clothes and rolled one piece up and left it in the bucket. Which would dry first? We realized that the clothes that were hung up allowed for more air to get to the water while the one in the bucket had less room for air to dry it.