P Ī T A U 1 - 2019
At the beginning of this term we had some very stormy weather with lots of wind and heavy rain. During these days, the children were fascinated by the extreme change in the weather and also the intensity of the rain. Some of the wonderings and comments from the children included:
"I wonder if it will ever stop raining?" - Cailyn
"There's lots of flooding in the walkway and on the basketball court!" - Miihaea
"How does the rain get into the sky?" - Aleigha
"Does this mean it's raining everywhere?" - Tai
The next week we set up some water-based experiments in the classroom and the children spent the afternoon working in small groups. As they visited the different experiments there was lots of discussion about what was happening to the water as well as lots of questions being asked.
"Where's the water gone?" - J'Zon
"How does water just disappear into thin air?" - Nikita
"Did the water just go into the stone?" - Bently
"What happens when when the water dries up?" - Luka
Over the next week we did a few more experiments looking at condensation and evaporation and began talking about how water exist as a solid, liquid and gas. We documented our predictions and observations using Keynote and used the drawing tool to draw diagrams of each experiment.