For our last week of school, we celebrated the end of the unit by having a water day!! We had so much fun. We rotated to different stations and learned even more about water.
Our first 3 stations were STEAM stations. The students got to explore water in a very hands on way. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Mother Goose Time suggests setting up their 5 suggested stations at the beginning of the week and keep them out so the students can explore them several times throughout the week. I would LOVE to do this, but I don’t have the space available for this right now. Instead, I put one or two stations out at a time. I love all the STEAM stations and think they are beneficial to the students. They love exploring with the materials and they love asking questions. Since we did the water day outside, I was able to set up 3 different stations.
The first STEAM station was all about clouds and rain. The students had a bucket of water and sponges. I asked the students how this bucket of water and sponges might be similar to rain. Then, I let them explore. The students soaked up the sponges with water. They practiced wringing it out like rain. One student wanted to see if wringing out the water was really like rain. So, she wrung it out over her head! Haha. She said, “Yep. Feels like rain.”
The second STEAM station was all about turning on and off water as well as pouring. The students filled up buckets with water from the dispenser. Then, they took it over and poured it into a water table that I have outside. They explored filling up different objects. They discovered that some toys don’t need as much water and some need a lot of water to get filled up to the top. They also discovered that the water dispenser doesn’t give you water unless you press up or down on the lever.
The third and final STEAM station we explored was a bubbles one from the previous week. I poured a small amount of water and a generous amount of dish soap in a bowl. Then, I mixed it up with a blender. The soap foamed up! It was so cool and very fun to play in. The students had a lot of fun playing in the soapy foam. I didn’t take this activity any further. But, if had more time, we could have mixed food coloring into the foam and mixed colors together. Or we could have put objects in the foam and seen which ones floated and which ones sank. The students just wanted to feel it and play around in it. So I let them!
We did a few other activities for our water day, but I think one of the ones I do every year with the kids that always gets a good reaction is the game, “Does it Sink or Float?” I bring out whiteboards for all the kids. I also bring out 10 different items. One at a time we make a prediction whether a certain item is going to sink or float. The students make a prediction and write it on their whiteboard. Then, we test it out and make conclusions. One of my students kept a tally so we could compare the results at the end. In the end, more objects floated then sank. I was surprised by this because I thought I had grabbed an equal amount of objects that would sink and float. I guess my predictions were off. But, the students loved this activity and it’s always a blast to see which items actually sink and which ones will float.
We ended the day with a water balloon fight (which ended up with all the kids turning on me). Don’t worry. I got them back by soaking them with the hose. We ended with lots of smiles and laughter. It was a good day. I am sad that the year is over, but I am excited to spend the summer with my kids. We will continue to do Mother Goose Time activities and expand our knowledge. I can’t wait for next month’s box to arrive! We are excited to spend time together this summer learning and exploring new things.
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