Building a Pond for the Ribbits
"The big idea is that we want a place for the Ribbits to live!" -James
"That's Ribbit's house, it looks more like a frog's house than a big building!" - Caleb
Yesterday we began to explore the habitat beyond the Ribbit's house structure. Many of the children have drawn images of the pond where the Ribbits live and so we set up an initial provocation to invite the children to work on the pond.
Ideas that arose from the initial exploration:
"Frogs eat worms, I know that for a fact! They eat bugs and insects" - Maisie
"They like to swim and hop" - Will
"The fire is important to keep warm" - James
"Because we are working in the cold" - Will
"Did you know that there are forests under water?" - Tommy
"Did you know there are active volcanoes under water?" - James
Questions that arose:
"How are the Ribbits gonna be able to move around the pond?" - Hugh
"How are all the Ribbits going to fit into the house?" Elena
Important concepts for the children:
The Ribbits need food - Tommy
The Ribbits need firewood - James
The Ribbits need a house where they can all fit - Hugh
We need a house for all the other animals to live in too - Maisie
Photos from the first day of the children's work...
James photographed the various elements of the Habitat
"Ponds are not square, they're round like an oval." -Hugh
"Hugh, some ponds are different shapes." -Elena
"Close to my house, I saw a shaped pond that was a square, and it's close to my home. And it's really square because I know and it saw weeds on the back. I just know that cuz I saw it," said Elena as we began to further explore the pond habitat today.
Elena's reference to home and the children working on building more structures, which they were referring to as homes, suggests a return to the value and importance that the children are placing on "home."
"Habitat is a home that nature makes." -Tommy
Tegan, Elena, Dagny, and Maisie bring their imaginations together to create a home interior for our class turtle, Urtle, who was brought back in the mix today:
Maisie: "It would look more homey if it had shells."
What's important for a home to have?
Maisie: "Um love and people to be in it."
Elena: "But there's no people to be in the turtle's home."
Maisie: "Well we're in the turtles home."
Maisie: "Well we like the turtles."
"People don't have to be turtles to be in a turtle relationship, you know. It's not like you just have to be a turtle to be in a turtle relationship." -Maisie
What do we find inside a home?
Tommy: Well a home is actually families stuff like that.
What do we need outside a home?
Tommy: Outside of home in nature is woods, but in the town is sidewalks, cars, streets, stuff like that.
What do we find in the home of pond?
Tommy: Fish, frogs, stuff like that.
"Ponds sometimes have rivers to go down." -Hugh "It's a beach." -Dagny
A quick, brief look ahead to next week:
We'll be taking a trip to the Book Hill Library next Tuesday to learn more about Frogs and Toads and their habitats.