As we continued learning about landforms and bodies of water and repeating the ones we already know last week we mixed it up a little bit by using these landforms to learn different subjects.
The first subject was spelling:
Since our school is hosting it’s first spelling bee, our class practiced the format of spelling using the landform vocabulary. Each student drew one of our vocabulary words out of a pouch and spelled it out loud. From there, our spelling evolved. Students really enjoyed the spelling activities and learning new words. So, we started a unit on spelling.
For the past two weeks, students have received sixteen spelling words that they need to study and know how to use and spell for our spelling test.
The next step for our new theme HOW WE EXPRESS OURSELVES will be to let each of the students pick two new words each week which we will add to a classroom spelling word bank.
The second was reading comprehension:
As we practiced spelling new landforms we realized that we wanted to know more about how mountains, valleys, tundras, deserts, etc. impact life in different ways. One student brought in a book of landforms by country and continent and we learned how the different symbols represent various differences in the land and water. From this, we moved to reading about various animals and forms of matter to understand how landforms and bodies of water could come to be.
The third subject was science:
While we discussed all of the landforms and bodies of water around us, it was difficult for us to understand how these things form. So, using a little sand, a plastic container and some water, we made our own mini experiment. We made a hole in wet sand and poured water from a cup in. We had PREDICTED how long it would take for the water to be absorbed into the sand and we were a little off. We guessed from 5 to 10 seconds and the actual time was more than a minute!
When we came back to school on Monday, the water was completely absorbed and we repeated the experiment with even more wet sand and found that the water does not absorb at all!
The next step is for us to repeat our experiment and see if we are able to make closer predictions.
From this activity we understood a little more clearly that all of the landforms around us do not just form overnight but they may take MUCH longer then any of us expect!