It was a highly anticipated event that exceeded expectations! After many weeks of reading, watching videos, singing songs, and building a paper pond out of things we had, our class had a chance to take their knowledge out into the real world and experience it first hand. It was a thrilling experience for the children to make connections between what they had learned in the classroom and what they experienced.
In preparation for the trip, we previewed our travel route using Google Maps and pretended we were traveling the streets in Google's Street View. We also used the satellite option to view the shapes of the pond and plot out a walking plan for our day. This exercise helped children visual our trip but provoked them to develop an understanding of cardinal directions (N, S, E, W) and anticipate various aspects, like seeing the island in South pond or walking on the docks at both ponds.
This is a collection of photos taken on our day. Many of the photos were taken by students and all photos were selected by children to include in the slideshow for sharing. The process of selecting photos was a great reflection tool that encouraged conversation about what we experienced and what was worth sharing with others. In the days ahead, we will continue to reflect on our experiences and use our observation notes, pictures, video, and memories to move ahead with the next phase of our project: building a living pond in our classroom!
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