Buffalo Dramatic Play

During Circle Time, we talked about the vast array of American Indians that composed what we call the United States today. A favoite of this week was the Plains Indians and their continual dependence upon the buffalo for their survival. Before the Europeans (and our Pilgrim friends) arrived, American Indians would hunt these large beasts on foot. Your little historian was introduced to this exciting ritual, where Plains Indians would often disguise themselves as wolves to assist them in the chase. To encourage our understanding of this adventure, we decided to recreate our understanding of the buffalo hunt. Using plastic buffaloes, grass, plastic indians, and dirt, we reconstructed the Great Plains.

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Scuba Diving

This activity provided several opportunities for increasing our vocabulary!

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We not only learned about what pressure and compressed gas are, but applied our understanding of these words by “swimming” beneath the ocean waves.

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Scuba diving is not only a fun recreational sport, but a science that integrates physics, chemistry, physiology, and oceanography.

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As they placed their heads below the water’s surface, your budding divers learned about differences in air density.

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As they examined an array of creatures in their inspection jars, they applied their knowledge of measurement and observation.

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Lastly, as we explored the differences in the habitats our ocean friends enjoy, we learned that all creatures live and feed at different depths, so creating an ocean floor of many levels aided our understanding of this multi-dimensional concept.

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Peanut Farming

The United States is one of the world’s most prominent suppliers of peanuts! These tasty legumes grow best in loose soil, and adapt readily to a variety of different climates. With shovels, flowers, peanuts, tractors, and farmers, we created our own peanut farms! Your little one learned that peanut plants form flowers, and that they are harvested in stages. We practiced loosening our soil and burying our peanuts beneath our flowers. The second stage of harvesting required separating our peanuts from the flowers, so we did that as well!
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