Exploring the Canal

Today, a group of children from room 1 at the Thompson building went out to explore surrounding areas of their community. The children were given the opportunity to lead the way along the canal, through neighboring communities, and onto the people mover! We discussed all of our findings as we explored. In one instance, the children noticed the moving reflection of the water on the underside of a bridge. This was particularly interesting as they had recently investigated reflections, shadows, and other effects of light. It was clear a connection had been made as the children were very knowledgeable as to how the reflection was being made!     

The reflection on the underpass…

Shawnyee: Black and grey and white ‘cuz the water is moving.

Christopher: It’s shiny and it goes under there.

Geovany: Because the sun makin’ the water move and make the light go up there!

Mal: The sun made it.


The bridge…

Shawnyee: We can see the ducks from up here.

Geovany: It is so we don’t fall in the water!


Empty fountain…

Shawnyee: Just a little water left. It don’t got no batteries.

Mal: The hole right there. That’s where the water at. The plugs out right here!

Geovany: Yeah! It makes the water go out of it.


Monument: The Final Sailing

Geovany: *reads* C, A, plus 35.

Mal: It’s here ‘cuz they rided in the water.

Chris: The jumped up there and put the picture!

Shawnyee: Yeah, to put the boat on it.


Murals/Wall Art…

Geovany: A person who works here is painting them.

Shawnyee: They used paintbrushes.

Mal: They did so people can see.

Shawnyee: Did they use big papers?

Geovany: Maybe they put a big, giant paper and stick it with glue.

Christopher: For the ducks want to see it!


The People Mover…

Geovany: How are we gonna get up there?

Shawnyee: The elevator!

You’re right!

Geovany: Yeah! It makes us get up there so we can get on the train. It’s gonna open so we can get up there.

Mal: It’s coming in a minute. It’s all the way to town!

Mal: Nobody’s drivin’?

Shawnyee: But it’s gonna go?

Geovany: Houses and streets and trees and dirt!

Mal: I see the workin’ trucks by the dirt and the guy workin’ on the house.

Geovany: This is the stop!

Christopher: This is where the police at.

Mal: Now somebody drivin’ us back there for no reason!