This week we began a new unit of inquiry as part of the transdisciplinary theme 'How the World Works'. Children were invited to freely explore, play with, and inquire into unit concepts through Dark Days, where our main classroom lights were turned off, the natural light from windows was blocked, and we found other ways to see and move around.
- FORM: What is light like? Sources? Appearance? Features?
- FUNCTION: How does it work? How is it used?
- observed carefully to collect information
- used (scientific) vocabulary to explain our observations and experiences
- generated questions and ideas to be explored
- tested theories and predictions
- interpreted investigations and findings
During our morning in the dark, we read a book called The Dark by Lemony Snicket. Over the course of the week we read the book three times. First observing quietly, then sharing our ideas and observations (blue sticky notes in photos below), and finally expressing some questions (green sticky notes in photos below). We also had opportunities to retell the story with materials during our free playtime.