Later in the classroom, Lisa shared a story at meeting: After we watched and listened to the last gusts of a very windy day yesterday, she had encountered a tree that had fallen across a road in her neighborhood. She shared some photos and the class was very interested and had lots of theories about what had happened.
Kian: The roots weren’t strong enough for the big tree. It was standing when it was sunny and windy a little bit. But when it’s windy a lot it is going to fall down.
Rowan: It was tipping.
Sam: I think the car was driving there and it hit the tree and it fell down.
Will: Maybe it fell down by itself. Maybe your daughter pushed it over.
Sally: I think the wind was so hard, maybe the lightning bolt started to come and wind was just blowing the ocean, and then the ocean came up top and started to break, and that’s why the roots came out and go to underwater. And then into the grass, and into the parking spot and into the ocean.
Charlie: I think someone pushed on it very hard.
Will: Maybe a monster did that.
Sam: Or maybe a dinosaur.
Louise: Dinosaurs and monsters are not real.
Leigh: Yeah, the monsters died.
Rowan: My sister told me that monsters are invisible but they’re still alive.
Grace: I think no one pushed it. I think a wind just did it.
Will: Maybe a big branch hit it down.
Grace: I think that because the wind is very hard and it just pushed very hard and that's what it does, and I think it woulda’ knock that tree over.
Will: Maybe the hard wind blew it down.
After a few minutes of speculation, Jossie asked a very interesting question:
Jossie: Why would the wind blow so hard and blow down only one tree?
Will: Maybe all the trees went like a domino topple and then it hit that tree.
Kian: I think some trash blow it down from the air.
Margaret: Maybe the wind really, really blew harder and harder and really knocked down the tree hard.
Jossie: But my question was why does the wind so strong blew only one tree down?
Sam: I think while everybody was sleeping lightning just crashed it down.
Lisa asked, “If lightning hit that tree, what would that look like? Has anyone ever seen that?" No one had. So Lisa suggested, “Maybe we can find out what that looks like.” She then told the class that she had no idea how to answer Jossie's question, but another tree expert would be coming to visit soon and now we have some great questions for her.
Will, still thinking about how the tree fell down, suggested, “Maybe you did that.”
Elle, looking forward to the tree expert, said, “My question is how can a tree pull out from the ground?”
Leigh, responding to Will, said, “I don’t think Lisa is strong enough.”
So many mysteries to unravel…
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.