Our two walks around the neighborhood have resulted in our first collections of natural elements. Careful observation is a part of our nature exploration and today we focused on tools for observation. Children were offered the opportunity to use a variety of magnifying tools to examine the objects they've found.
Cassius - These are all kinds of magnifying glasses. (Using the stand magnifying glass) Hey, this has inches on it. You can measure. It's (a leaf) up to the nine. I can measure it up to the nine.
Cassius next looked at the materials with a camera and used the zoom function to get a close-up view.
Cassius - I'll take a picture and see.
Rose - (With a small magnifying glass) Everything is so teeny with this. (With a larger magnifying glass) Hey, everything is so big! Let's measure.
Prater - We need tools to measure.
The group gets some measuring tools.
Rose - (Using a magnifying glass with an acorn cap) I can see what's in here. It's like a big circle and I can see lines inside.
Prater - (Measuring a leaf) It's one pound. (Measuring Ellee) Two pounds.
Hadley - (Holding up a magnifying glass) I'm solving a mystery.
Ellee and Max also worked on leaf rubbings. The rest of our day was spent with other favorite activities. Mandalas, puzzles, games, and time in the outdoor classroom.
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