Continuing our journey of understanding what gratitude is all about, we take an opportunity to question ourselves what it really means. During our outdoor explorations, we notice many stumps in a nearby park. This leaves us thinking of what happens to these trees.
As we read the above book, we learn to understand the lives of an apple tree and a boy who develop a relationship with one another. Going through the pages, it sparks so many wonderful thoughts among us on how giving trees are to us. Friends mention, "trees give us shade". "trees give us air" and, "trees provide homes to bugs".
With this growing understanding in our minds we take an opportunity to connect with a classic storybook The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. The storybook highlights how giving the tree is toward a boy in this relationship, which in turn, this situation makes the boy to be portrayed as a selfish person. To counter this opinion as well as making connection with our comprehension of gratitude, we come up with how do we give back to the giving tree? to ask ourselves.
Going ahead with an idea of giving back to the tree, Elie comes up with an idea of giving more friends to the tree. We believe that we learn from growing things such as responsibility - from caring for plants and understanding about watering the plants everyday to let it grow.
Furthermore, we ask ourselves on how to give more friends to the tree. Through Vivaan's sharing of thought, we find out that we can plant some seeds. Since we love eating watermelon, we choose to collect its seeds to begin with. By this learning experience, we develop patience as we wait for the seeds to grow and learn about the growth process. In addition, Elie mentions about the process of growing the plant. She puts herself into being a caring and responsible friend toward the plants.
Going forward with an inquiry of planting seeds, we collect some seeds from the watermelon. This makes us think about the different colors of the seeds.
Vivaan thinks it is just because they are different and Elie also adds that they are different kind of seeds.
Felix, Nora, and Vides, being effortful, manipulate a tweezer to pick up watermelon seeds. Throughout the learning experience, we exhibit mathematic understanding and fine motor skills.
The way that we discover, of giving friends to the tree and showing kindness, can be seen when we actually plant the watermelon seeds inside the soil. Friends seem to be excited to plant own seeds and that make a beautiful connection between us and the environment. We think this will also develop our fine motor skills as well as strengthen emotional and interpersonal skills. We have discussed about who is in-charge of watering the seeds and noticing the growth everyday.
On Friday, we usually refer to reflect on what we have been learning throughout the whole week. Elie shares with us the most important things that we learn with the inquiry of planting seeds. She connects the story of giving tree with our own learning experiences.
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