This week, we talked about water striders. Water Striders look like this:
I had never seen one before. They are cool looking. Mother Goose Time provided me with a variety of ideas to use with the children to teach about water striders. Water striders walk on the water. They make ripples when they walk. I had a students ask, “What is a ripple?” This was a great question. We decided to experiment and use one of the activities suggested from the Teacher Lesson Book to discover what a ripple was and which object would make the biggest ripple. I sent my students outside to find an item they wanted to drop in the water to test the ripple size. They found grass, a pebble, a rock, a twig, and a feather.
After we discovered what a ripple was, we went inside and made our own homemade water striders (shown in the picture above). I later had the kids test to see if their water strider floated on the water. Bad idea!! Their insects just fell apart. We ended up having to go back inside and put them back together again.
The investigation station that day invites children to pretend to be scientists and explore pond life. I would of loved to do this, but I didn’t have the resources I needed or wanted. I think it would be cool to have a big tub and feel it with water and dirt and have the students add things to turn it into a pond. But, it just wasn’t going to work for me. So, instead of having them explore dirt and water with a magnifying glass, eyedroppers, and an ice cube tray, I decided to modify the activity. I froze letters in ice cubes. I had students explore looking through the ice for the letters. They had to use problem solving skills to figure out how to get the letters out of the ice.
Once a student found a letter, I had them show me and tell me either the letter name, letter sound, or a word that starts with that letter. We had fun! Even though this activity wasn’t exploring a pond, the students were still using some of the same thinking skills.
Sometimes activities need to be changed or modified to meet the needs of the students or to accommodate your resources. And that’s okay! I like to teach my students by letting them explore, play, and discover. Questions are always welcomed and encouraged. That’s how we learn and grow.
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