Monday, May 21, 2012
Wrapping Up Science Time
This year Peggy and I got smart. As Science Time wound down and the kids wound up for summer, we made our projects more and more kinetic. Less and less dependent on glue sticks.
Imaginary play is a great way to learn. Our three's and four's loved this salt marsh project.
We gave them an 18"x12" page with the blue tide line already hot glued to it. The "tide" is open at the top, making a perfect pocket for all the marsh animals we handed out during the class.
Cord grass is the heart of the salt marsh. We explained this to the children while they colored the whole page green. Even during science class, there is always time to hone those fine motor skills.
Next we handed out wavy strips of brown paper to represent the creeks as the tide goes out. This was my favorite part because each child got to design their own marsh. I love it when the kids go home with projects showing their own individual flair.
Last, we borrowed a story rhythm from Erik caarl to help us introduce the marsh animals. Blue heron, blue heron, what do you see. . . .
Our marsh animals came from online clip art and were printed on white card stock to make them more durable. The children colored them in while we explained how each animal played a roll in the salt marsh ecosystem.
By the end of the hour, the class room was a din of talking otters, blue crabs, shrimp, herring gulls, sheepshead minnows, periwinkle snails and happy preschoolers.
Now its time to get ready for our June 11-15 Science Time Summer Camp.