Making connections to our daily weather has been expressed by Felix through his perceptions. Through this illustration Felix exhibits his abilities to make his perceptions of the rain becoming visible to self and others. Using illustrations helps us to decode (sound-out) words, make predictions, sequence plots, make connections, and enhance our comprehension skills.
Answering questions about the illustration encourages us, as readers, to notice details and think about what is happening. Illustrations too help us make connections by engaging more deeply to the content.
Thinking, exploring, and figuring things out enable us to think about and understand the world around us. Another way to foster our cognitive abilities is to provide us with choices and prompt us to make thoughtful decisions. Our predictions on observing dark gray clouds suggests that the clouds are getting too heavy with droplets and could soon start to rain. By sharing our predictions we come up with our various plans to come closer to the rain. Capturing raindrops with our hands, mouth, and face make us experience a different sense of touch.
Elie: "I like to eat the rain".
Luna: "I like to drink the rain".
Yoyo mentions, "I like to jump on the puddles".
Felix: "I like jumping on the rain".
Fides: "I like to do sliding on the rain".
Vivaan: "I like to do a somersault in the rain".
On Tuesday, Vivaan and Felix ask Manpreet why there is no rain. Friends want to play and jump in the rain. A few questions are exchanged on why the weather has changed. It seems we are disappointed and feel changes in the weather.
"Go up to the air, open the sky, and make the sun comes out" - Elie. Her response when asked "What changes do you observe about the puddles on the ground?" Her poetic explanation correlates with her concept of evaporation.
We agree to work on some ways to invite the rain to come out this time. Working with musical instruments combined with our voices to change the lyric on the verses becomes a fun and enjoyable learning experience.
And yay!! Finally, the rain has really arrived! Now we have another question, "How do we sense the arrival of the rain?"
Yoyo mentions, "There will be raindrops on the puddles" as signs that the rain has arrived.
Felix and Vivaan notice the rain through the sound it creates as it hits the ground. They instantly lift their head up to try to taste the raindrops.
Hudson notices a clear reflection of himself through the puddle and is invited to say hello to himself.
Vivaan notices his reflection and the car’s reflection through the puddle and he called that “ Car puddle”. He continues his imagination while and says to himself, “This guy drives so fast. He should follow the rules that is 50km/hour”.
Jumping on puddles offer us a place to figure what we can do, what we see, and how we can change water flow. As we experiment more intensively with the features of the puddle through observation and using our bodies to touch, step, and jump, we learn that our movements influence the height and width of the splashes and the flow of the water.
When our fingers are used in different ways at the water source, the more we learn about how to control water flows and how hand movements influence water flows.
What patterns or shapes can we see? We see the more water that gathers, the more patterns and reflections that can be observed and manipulated.
What happens when we jump in the puddles? We figure out the harder the jump, the higher the splash. The more experimentation we do with the water flow, the more understandings we form, and the more creative thought that evolves.
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