Grade 1 and 2 students create interactive water cycle in their classroom
By Tonja Armstrong-MacInnis
In preparation for the Stem for a Better World Fair, the Grade 1 and 2 students expanded their knowledge of the substance that keeps us alive: water. They listened to stories, watched videos and even learned a dance about the never-ending water cycle. This cross-curricular, hands-on exploration allowed them to incorporate many aspects of the science and technology curriculum, and make connections to other units of study. The students learned new science language, like "transpiration" and "precipitation" and were able to share their knowledge with ease to each other and visitors.
To further build their collective understanding, the students made an interactive water cycle in their classroom using pulley systems. They made a bright sun, and drew on paper bags to show the different stages of the water cycle. In addition, they decided that they needed to show where water evaporates from, so they made land with trees, rocks, and people. In the end, they had six different stages of the water cycle moving around the room.
It was so exciting to see their hard work take shape and provide a base for more investigations on water for Linden's Stem for a Better World Fair.