Today we started thinking about what will happen next with our classroom tree, and what we want it to become. The children were concerned about making sure the tree is stable. After testing the tree a bit to see if it could be moved, we came together to discuss. Rachael asked what makes the trees outside stable?
Austin: The roots.
Will: And the stump. The stump is so strong.
Jossie: We do have stumps.
Grace: If you wobble a tree…
Will: It will fall on your head.
Leigh: And then it might crack your head open, and then you have to go to the doctor.
Rachael: So what other things can we add to the tree?
Grace: What kinda leaves?
Leigh: We could make it into a Christmas tree.
Leigh: Ornaments, a star.
Margaret: And we can put the ornaments on the little hooks.
Austin: We can make the ornaments.
Elle: We can make the star out of paper. And the ornaments we can make too.
Lisa: What other materials can we use?
Austin: Metal. Metal for the hooks.
Jossie: Maybe we can make some leaves that are pointy and maybe we can make the hooks out of paper.
Leigh: If we make the hooks out of paper then the glue might not stick. And there will be a little hole so the paper will get flat.
Austin: Or we should put it on the little stumps. Not the big ones, the little ones that are sticking out.
Rachael: I think Margaret had the same idea.
Grace: Maybe we could make it out of wire and then it’s gonna be strong enough.
Rachael: Yeah, that's like Austin said, maybe we can use metal wire to attach the ornaments.
Will: There are already hooks.
Rachael: You mean in the ceiling?
Will: Yeah. We have to make hooks that are very strong.
Austin: Or we could wrap wire around the ornaments so the ornaments could stay.
Rachael: How can we get way up high?
Will: A ladder! What about if we climb it?
Rachael: Do you think the tree is strong enough to climb? What could happen?
Will: You will fall and crack your head. And then you have to go to the doctor and the doctor can’t fix it together.
Leigh: You have to glue your head back together, and you don’t know how to glue it back together, so you have to leave it cracked.
Clearly the children are thinking a lot about the strength and stability of trees and how this might affect their safety. As we move forward in engineering the tree, we should have interesting discussions about how to make sure everything is secure and safe. We may also start to think about what happens when trees fall outside. Now that we understand a lot about when and why they fall, it may be interesting to explore what else happens when trees fall and the impacts beyond the tree itself.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.