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Water Habitats

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Habitat Project Welcome to our Sunnyside pond water habitat project. All school year we study our local pond water habitat at the Sunnyside park near our school. The ducks are putting their yellow noses in the water. Why do you think they might be doing that? The ducks could be putting their beaks in the water to catch the water insects They could be One of the first projects we had an idea to go online with was taking our environmental science study of a local pond habitat where children were making observations and take what that piece was that we were already doing in the classroom And take that into the next step of using that as the content of communications. We're just going to check to see what the ph is... With the goal of hoping that as they communicated about their local habitat They would find connections and diversities between this local habitat and other water habitats in different locations around the world. We can send our pond writing documents as e-mail messages to other schools around the world. who are studying water habitats with us. My over-arching goal for that curriculum is that they start to develop an understanding that waterways and water systems throughout the world have a connectivity to them. We have art work from Lara Primary, the school in Australia. The have this sanctuary for endangered birds. They're writing to an audience of their peers with a purpose about something they know really well and want to share. This year there are lots of mallard ducks swimming in the big pond. Sometimes we have seen 40 ducks and sometimes we have seen 200. Their peers value it and they get an immediate response back that says Thank you for telling me about the pond. Thank you for telling us about your mallard ducks. We don't have mallard ducks here. So anything that's on the screen from our classroom is embedded in real life, developmentally appropriate, hands-on real world experiences that the children have. And I think the important thing to remember is that it's not a matter of the technology replacing those experiences in the classroom. It's a matter of using that technology to publish, communicate share, work with the ideas of the things that children should be doing in first and second grade The real, real human interaction. They're using the technology to understand that better.

Video Details

Duration: 2 minutes and 44 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Sunnyside Elementary School & iEARN
Director: Kristi Rennebohm Franz
Views: 182
Posted by: egragert on Feb 24, 2010

Elementary teacher Kristi Rennebohm Franz in Washington State engages her students in an iEARN collaborative project that takes them to the town's pond to explore the science of mallard ducks and interact with students in Australia and other countries about what they discover.

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