Our work on space has differed from past projects in one important way: It’s much more difficult to bring in a sample or experience to share with the class. The children’s collections, tree branches, and bugs gave us daily opportunities to bring new questions and subjects of inquiry into the classroom. With outer space, we’ve had to get more creative, but have had a few instances of sharing a new discovery. Sam’s family sent us a link to a video and we shared it at meeting today, asking the children what they thought we were seeing.
Joslin: It’s Pluto.
Margaret: It’s a crusty moon.
Austin: The moon, because it has craters.
Joslin: The white ball is Pluto because it’s cold, because Pluto is far away from he sun. It’s cold because it has snow.
Rachael: What about the moon?
Rowan: The moon is gray.
Joslin: There’s no snow on the moon.
Rachael: How do you think we got this video? Who took it?
Jack: The first man on the moon?
Rowan: A satellite?
Sally: I saw big dish on top of a house. There were three satellites up there.
Kian: I think a bird sent this picture to us.
We revisited the video later, and revealed that the images were of Pluto. They were taken by the New Horizons spacecraft a few months ago. Thanks to Sam’s family for sharing the video with us. It will be interesting to continue the discussion tomorrow and to see what other conversations the New Horizons mission may sparks as we continue to think about Pluto and space exploration.
After working on the digital collages the last couple weeks, we decided to create some traditional collages using National Geographic magazines and some children included images of their lego constructions. We will continue this exploration through the end of the week and see what else the children want to incorporate.
Fish flying up to the silver river in the sky. Grace
This morning, we watched the presentation that we shared during our ECES event yesterday. It was fun to see all of the images, videos, drawing, and words from our tree project last year. Leigh remember the first tree walk. “We walked around and drew pictures of the trees.”
It was also interesting to notice how we’ve learned and grown since last year. When we shared a very early conversation in which Kian said that the trees have bones, Kian was surprised and didn’t recall this. Laughing, he explained that, “Now I think they don’t have bones.”
The children also noticed that here were lots of photos, videos that included Will, and lots of his ideas and words. Well-timed, as we’ve been making him messages and thinking of him a lot over the past two weeks. The images from the cherry blossom trip generated the most excitement, as so many children had fond memories of being their with their families.
Afterward we talked about how much they know now about trees. Charlie said, “Trees keep life alive.” Austin agreed, adding, “They help people breathe. They make oxygen.”
When we opened the blinds, the children noticed our collage in the window—the one we made last year based on Big D’s tree. So many wonderful memories.
Charlie, may this be your happiest birthday yet with more joy and blue frosting in all the years to come! All the love from the Tucker Room xoxoxo
There will be no blog while we prepare for and deliver Thursday's ECES presentation on our Rainey Room trees project, but we'll share a few photos of joyful moments. Enjoy!
We listened to parts of The Planets, Op. 32 by Gustav Holst. Listening to the Mars movement, the children heard drums and thought of impending doom. Listening to the Venus movement, they thought of flowers and happiness and heard violins and horns. Helen also shared with us that the planets are all named for Roman gods and each has a symbol corresponding to the god or goddess's persona. She lent us a book about the planets' names and namesakes, and a book about Greek mythology. She also shared three Story Orchestra books. We listened to parts of Swan Lake today as she read the story, and we were captivated. What a beautiful and enriching experience!
Today was a big day in Tucker for another reason. Today we initiated a ritual of celebrating failure! Inspired by a "Wall of Failures" Jen created at home with her sons, we brought the idea to the Tucker Room children and it was an instant hit. When we shared the idea at morning meeting, the children were enthusiastic and Austin exclaimed, "When you fail, you learn." Austin then declared it "Failure Day." We talked about failing as evidence that we tried something new and challenging. Failing can be frustrating and sad, but it can also be motivating and even fun. It’s always an opportunity to reflect and to grow. If there’s no chance of failure, where’s the excitement? Today we embraced failure in a big way. In blocks, movie-making, the message center, everything. So many attempts, so many fails, so many successes…and we celebrated them all. Happy Failure Day!
To encourage the children to extend their building constructions, the children have been photographing their work and taking the image into a digital editing program. After removing the background, they selected the scene they wanted to insert their construction in. The children steered towards space, the ocean and volcanoes. Some children collaborated to work on structures while others built by themselves. The children are loving exploring the computer and creating these digital collages!
Hello everyone. With interim calls this week and our ECES presentation next Thursday, blogs will be brief over the next few days.
Today we had a successful shoot of the first scene of the Pluto movie. It was not our first attempt, or our second or even our third. Tenth, maybe? Hard to keep count. Creating the set, positioning the characters, managing the lighting and camera. It’s a lot of work and it’s taken a lot of trial and error.
As Austin said last week, “We failed a lot!” But we learned a lot. And we still have a lot more learning to do and movie magic to make.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.