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New Unit - The Wonders of Water

Our new unit has begun: The Wonders of Water
Transdisciplinary Theme: How we Share the Planet
Central Idea:
The decisions people make about water affects the whole world.

The teacher questions that will drive the inquiry are:
Why are local waterways important to Coast Salish people? (Connection)
How is water used? (Function)
How do people impact water sources? (Responsiblity)

On Wednesday, the entire class went on a walk through the forest in search of water. Prior to the walk the children made a list of what they might see along the way. The list included turtles, crocodiles, jellyfish, puddlles, a pond, a river and a stream. During the walk the children asked questions such as: 

Where does the stream go?
How do fish get in the stream?
What are the big pipes on the ground for?
Over the next 7 weeks we will explore this inquiry and the children's questions.


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