This week our juice shop workers started their schedule. Everyday there are 2 designated juice makers and 2 designated dish washers.
Other students are welcome to help and they usually do. Students who are working in the shop are taking surveys to see Who Wants Juice? They’re recording the information on white boards using tally marks and writing names. Once they know how many friends want juice they set off to make it.
Each day there are new challenges that students are facing fearlessly and worked together to find answers to. How do we cut the apple? How much juice do we need for everyone? How do we organize ourselves so that we arent confused? How do we communicate effectively? How do we include everyone, even those who don’t always talk to express their feelings?
While working with fruit students noticed that there are seeds in the apples! Some students were very excited at the idea of planting the seeds! As a whole class we got together and thought about “What Do We Need to Plant Our Apple Seeds?” With a great list that shows the knowledge KB students already have around growing plants we have started to inquire into one of the necessary things required for growth of plants- soil.
Students took to the back space to find “soil”. New vocabulary was introduced once students were finding different variations such as: dirt, gravel, mud, and sand. One student asked the question: How can we Make soil?
Together we used the interet to find an answer to that question. Although complicated, we found one answer that excited us all- WORMS. If you’re wondering why your hild may be asking to bring egg shells into class, composting is why. We watched a couple videos that taught us what we need to get started making rich soil for planting. Along with worms, paper, and cardboard, egg shells help get a compost started. Beginning a compost is just the very beginning of students understanding living vs. non living and how our actions impact the environment- a concept we will continue to explore all year.
Here is a short conversation that took place between students surrounding the idea of worms helping us to make soil:
Evora: worms eat dirt, worms are our friend
Itamar: we need 100 worms!
Eddie: He’s alive!
Silje: Take water plants, worms like water then they come out
Sarah: Maybe they eat the bad thing, they poop out the soil
Elizabeth: why can worms only poop soil?
Itamar: Oh I get it, you put it inside and they eat it and poop it out.
Students Showed their concept of numbers in increasing fashion when asked the question “How Many Worms Do we Need” in order to make soil:
Sarina: 15 Evora: 20 Ramya: 10 Silje: 100 Eddie: 1 Million Tomson: 100 million Margaret: 100 + 100 million Elizabeth: 7
Mia: 100,000 Kane: 100 Itamar: 1 Million Sarah: 1,000
We hope to see you November 16th @ 12:00-12:30 not only for our publishing party, but so we can share the progression of our learning.