We finished the summative project Wendy started this week giving the children the opportunity to express and show their understanding of the unit of inquiry. All of the children I worked with chose to express through painting.
Julia, Chloe, Adyson and Natalya chose the piece "African Tribal Orchestra - Sundown in Madagaskar." Julia called the group "The Madagascar Girls." Chloe and Julia also sang while they painted. Chloe made up her own song while Julia sang "Rain, Rain Go Away."
Rocco was the only child to choose "Vivaldi - La tempesta di mare" to paint to.
He said the music reminded him of Trinidad and that he missed Tobago.
Verdi, a young python, does not want to change. The last thing he wants his to turn from his beautiful yellow to boring green. Verdi tries to change his colour back to yellow by scrubbing his skin and then covering it with mud. Nothing works. He notices that the sky is bright yellow just like he used to be. Verdi launches himself from the treetops certain that his flight will change him back to yellow.
How did Verdi fly through the air? What a great opportunity to learn about catapults. Elastics and popsicle sticks were the only materials need to build a catapult. First the children, used plastic snakes to sail through the area. It was delightful to hear the excitement and the laughter as the children made their "Verdi" fly.
I asked the children which would travel farther; a plastic snake or a pompom. Most of the children though the heavier item, the snake, would travel a further distance. The children were amazed at how far and how high a pompom could move.