Saturday, August 2, 2008

Splish Splash!

This week in camp, we explored H2O in all its wonderful forms. We created artwork with watercolors and other water-based paints. We took a ride on the Magic Schoolbus to the Waterworks, learned how water gets from the ocean (or reservoir) to our faucets, and also about the water cycle (Our big vocabulary word: evaporation). The campers learned about the different forms of water (solid, liquid, gas), and how water is the only substance on earth that exists naturally in all three forms.

We conducted experiments where we predicted whether classroom objects would sink or float, and also estimated how many marbles our toy plastic boats could hold before they sank.

We talked about the sorts of animals that live in the water, as well as why some water is not suitable to drink (pool, salt water). The children wanted to go over some pool rules, such as 'don't run around the pool,' and 'not everyone likes getting splashed,' so we made a list of all the rules they could name. The oobleck even returned to the classroom, colored blue to look like water. The children also enjoyed our make-up swim class on Monday, which meant that we were able to swim twice at Take Me To The Water this week. Awesome! On Friday, we rigged the playground slide to resemble a Slip 'N' Slide, which was a big hit.

We also had a special visit from Wild Man Steve Brill, America's Best Known Forager. He took us for a tour around Central Park, showing us some of the edible and medicinal plants that grow there. (Wild Man emphasized that you can only do this when you are with him, to be safe!). We found garlic mustard, poor man's pepper, a lettuce-like green, and best of all, wild blackberries, which the children devoured. Delicious! (His website is

Next week's theme: Sizzling Summer in the Kitchen (food & cooking). See you then!

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