Field trip preparation
The children have different roles to play as they go for their field trip. Some of them will be interviewer, camera man or audio man. They created their own tags ahead of the field trip so that their roles would be identified.
The staff at the swimming complex oriented us with the safety rules as we go inside the Filtration Room.
Before we went in the Filtration Room, Lifeguard H showed us how filtration is being done using a tea strainer. Lifeguard H explained that they filter dirty water to make it clean again.
They gave opportunity for the children to smell and identify plain water and water with chlorine.
In the Filtration room, the staff explained to the children how they clean the water to be used again in the pool.
It had been a wonderful learning experience for all of us!
Creating a letter and formulating questions in preparation for the coming field trip
The children were divided into groups. One group had to create a letter to ask permission from the interviewee if he could be interviewed.
Two groups were in charged of formulating questions on what to be asked from the interviewee. Some of their questions were:
- How do you save water in the swimming pool?
- Do you waste water in the swimming pool?
- Where does the water come from?
- How do you clean the water?
- Do you use chlorine to clean the water?
Manipulating technologies to be used in the interview
The children practiced how to operate a voice recorder they would use when they ask question. They also learned to operate a camera they would use to document the event.
They also learned to operate a camera they would use to document the event.
Setting up the environment
There was consultation conducted with the children before setting up this corner. They were asked the sources of water or places where they could find water. Answers included beach, swimming pool, ocean, dams, etc. Since we needed to choose only one place, they voted, and of course, “majority wins” applied. We had “Beach” at the Theme Play Corner. In this corner, the children can play, and at the same, learn and develop.
Read the book “Water Wally Adventures” to the children. This book teaches children what can be done to save water. It also explains the water cycle.
Car Washing Day! After reading the book “Water Wally Adventures”, the children went to the playground and washed the cars. They applied what they learned from the book regarding saving water.
It was on the 24th of May when we attended the IGP training at the Science Centre. This was conducted by the ECDA personnel and the Science Centre staff. The ECDA personnel oriented us about the Innovation Guidance Project that we would undertake. Thereafter, the Science Centre staff took over and gave us various engaging activities that we could do for the children. They also toured us around the Science Centre and showed us what they had for future field trips that could strengthen children’s learning.
The staff of Science Centre showed us the replica of the Earth where teachers can bring their students for them to understand better the Layers of the Earth such as the core, mantle and crust.
After the tour, we did some hands-on activities like the water cycle experiment whereby hot water was poured in a jar and a tray of ice cubes were placed on top. Minutes passed by, the moisture appeared and then began to drop. The hot water stands for “evaporation”, the ice cubes stands for “condensation” and the moisture stands for the “precipitation”.
Another activity to explain why it rains is placing cottons on top of a sack cloth and pouring water on it. After how many minutes, water started to drop.
Before we left the Eco Garden, we scooped 500ml of water in the pond to be used in our water filtration activity.
Lastly, we made a terrarium. We put pebbles and soil in the jar before planting. We watered the plants and closed the lid.