The Wonderful World of Kindergarten

Welcome to our Reggio Emilia inspired classroom at Dr. David Suzuki School.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Fighting Island


 
We couldn`t have asked for a better day! Great weather, great learning, great guides, great fun!!!

 
For many children, this was their first boat ride...and others had been on a boat before.
We went across the river for a short ride on the tug boat. We needed two trips to get everyone there.
There were very big tires on the side of the tug boat. Why were they there?


Churning, bubbling, swirling.
Oh the power of a strong engine!
Everybody was so excited!
 


The turtles go marching one by one,
Hurrah, hurrah...

The marsh area provided a wonderful opportunity to explore some water life. Plants, bull frogs, turtles, red-winged black birds, and teeny tiny creatures. Jars were filled and microscopes awaited curious eyes.


The dip nets earned their name over and over and over again. It was so interesting to see creatures so small and so busy!
 
What happens to the tiny creatures that live in a marshy habitat?
Ga Goo went the little green frog one day,
Ga Goo went the little green frog.
Ga Goo went the little green frog one day,
Then they all went Ga Ga Goo!

Buuuuut, we all know frogs go
La De Dah De Dah...
How do marsh plants and creatures depend on each other?


Daisy, daisy give me your answer true.
Bright colours are important if you're a flower.
Bees love daisies and goodness knows... we need bees!
What has happened to the bees?
Time to explore all the things that the dip nets captured.
 
Crayfish, baby worms, tadpoles and plants to feed on.
Eye droppers were used to put samples on a pitre dish.
Did you know...
Butterflies taste with their feet!

Did you know...
The belly scales of a snake are different than the top scales. And they're nearly waterproof!
What do the snakes in the marsh area like to eat?

Why are snakes cold blooded?

 
How will the stripes help this snake survive in his habitat?
Why are snakes an important member of the island?

The drivers are getting younger and younger these days!
Hang on... it's going to be a bumpy ride.

How many types of flowers are native to Essex County?

Planting trees on Fighting Island is done by every group of students. The island is fighting to survive and become green again.
Do you know the history of Fighting Island?
 
On the way to plant tree seeds. Up the path and over the hill.



 
Time to head back.
This day went way too fast!
 

We left with wonderful memories and so much more!
 
One last sign of Mother Nature's fine work as we travel the waterway.

Oh what a wonderful world kindergarten is!

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