Today the children each did an assessment in the form of a booklet. The booklet was to help me see what the children's understanding of the line of inquiry is and to assess what they have learned thus far. Please have a look at your child's book, each are eager to share his/her knowledge with you.
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.