Where does sand come from?
And so our our week started…wondering about how ALL of the sand gets on the beaches. So we looked closely and found all kinds of bits in it – rocks, shells, crystals, & even bone.
Other ?’s we asked this week…
What makes a tide pool a tide pool? What are the creatures in a tide pool? If we make a tide pool how can we make the animals life size?
We decided that we needed to use rulers and tape measures to help us.
What have we learned about Tide Pools that we didn’t know before?
Some animals are stuck to the ground
Tides are made from the gravity of the moon
Sea anemones can move
Some creatures don’t have brains, but can figure out how to get food
Big starfish eat other starfish
when you touch the se anemone from the spikes it will sting you.
Sun stars can kill the whole coral
We made simulations of wind and waves to understand how the geography of a beach is created.
And where there’s sand…well, you have to build sand castles…even mini ones.
A couple ways we brainstormed that we could learn about oceans was to research and measure (sizes of animals, how deep the ocean is, etc). Our research included books and the internet to inform us of accurate measurements we would need to create a representation of a tide pool.
Some tide pool crabs are bigger than we thought they could be!
Sea stars are a favorite!
Resource: Measurement around home
making rocks for our tide pool
Another excellent resource to learn even more about tide pools:
The Gammas came to read ” Hummingbird” stories they had written about how one small act can make a big difference.
You can read some of these stories posted outside the Gamma room.
What did you notice about the Gamma’s stories?
They had different kinds of colorings
Some did it by computer
Only a few had outlines of erasings
Stories were about fires and hummingbirds
They’re older and bigger and they know how to do it!
Wild rumpus (a favorite), tents, & games….Rainy Day Fun
Dates to remember…
- 1.24.15 Skate Party at Playland Skate 10-Noon
- 1.27.15 Dowser Dan visits the Alpha & Gamma classes at 1:30 in the community hall
- 1.29.15 Spring Parent Night (6:30) – please come for a community conversation about how Projects and Practice is working for your family
- 2.7.15 Alternative Education Fair upstairs at Whole Foods 6th and Lamar 10-2 – Come visit our booth and talk with families interested in our school!
- 2.12.14 Friendship Day
to Gammas for sharing stories
to Alexa for organizing a visit from Dowser Dan of the Austin Water Utility Dept.
to Gabi for sweeping up high tide tidal pool makings!