This video takes you deep into the ocean, beyond the reach of natural light, beyond the depths any mammal has traveled. If Mt. Everest were submerged upside down into the deepest part of the ocean, its summit would reach 27,000 feet, well above the sea floor. Researchers say that humans have only discovered 5-10% of the Earth’s oceans. Watch this video, then respond to the following question in the Comment section.
What do you imagine you would discover if you could travel to the deepest parts of the ocean? You may be creative and imaginative in your response, but please base your response on information provided in this video or other research sources. You may click Save Draft to give yourself additional time to respond.
Ms. Meyer prepares her students for a weather report.
Mitchel Resnick of the MIT Media Lab, calls kindergarten the “greatest invention of the last 1,000 years.” And in his latest book, Lifelong Kindergarten, he argues that all schooling needs to be more like it. His point is that the rapidly changing world, only assures us of uncertainty in our future. So instead of preparing students for the world we know today, steep them in an environment where they can think creatively and develop the flexibility to adapt to changing conditions.
This has been on my mind as my kindergarten colleagues (Ms. Meyer, Ms. Theall, Mrs. Nedwick), our librarian (Mrs. Turner), and I wrap up a weather project featuring the greatest elementary school combination ever! Kindergarten students and a green screen.
Teaching and learning is always fun when everyone around you is pulling together and smiling. To the persnicketers, no this culminating project does not make these students weather experts or meteorologists. They may have misspoken or over/understated some weather facts that save lives.
But in this project, their tender brains were inundated with a flurry of activity. Self-checking content information, delivering memorized and unscripted lines, coping with the pressure of performance, in front of peers, teachers, and a live camera, while recalling their preparation for storytelling, including body presence, eye contact, and voice, while balancing on a stool so that we can see more than their heads, and trying to imagine that the green wall behind them is actually a funnel cloud or snowstorm, and then in the end, hopping off the stool with relief and laughing about it all… my goodness.
Every school day really should be more like kindergarten.
Dr. Jane Goodall has spent her life trying to make sense of how living things share our planet. What do you think your personal responsibility is to the planet, to humans, and other animals? Watch the video below and then leave your thoughts in the Comment section.
Every year humans discard their trash which winds up in waterways around the world. Here is a video on one such “floating trash island” in the Caribbean Sea. What else can we learn about floating trash islands? Take a few moments to help the class crowdsource Internet resources to understand this “water catastrophe” (according to Evie).