|A majestic tree on Delaware Ave.|
|I encouraged the kids to feel the bark. O.B said, "It's like the skin of the tree."|
|The students feel the branches and leaves.|
|Playing with the branches.|
|Some thought that the bark was soft, others hard.|
|They were fascinated by the pine cones on this tree. Many noted how small they were and called them "baby pine cones."|
D.K said, "I picked leaves. They felt like a tag."
J.C said, "It feels a little hard and a little soft" (bark)
K.M said, "Branches"
A.R said, "I saw leaves."
T.S said, "I couldn't see the roots."
The children then sketched trees. I compiled the sketches and what each student said into a video. The video was made using iMovie on the Mac.
I am excited about where this project will take us! Hopefully there will be another good weather day this week so we can go outside to make bark imprints!
Food for thought! One of my colleagues from New York City posted this video on her blog and I found it interesting and so relevant to where I am in terms of my thinking in the classroom.
"Our goal is to ensure that they leave with a better sense of how to make things than when they arrived and the deep internal realization that they can figure things out by fooling around. Every step in a project is a step towards sweet success or gleeful calamity. Success is in the doing and failures are celebrated and analyzed."