Saturday, September 29, 2012

Tunnel Learning Group - Week 1

The implementation of the first inquiry involved the children exploring the big idea "Where did it go?" Intention was to study the movement and disappearance of an object when it goes through another object and then reappears through the other end. The children wanted to study where the object goes when they can't see it before the object reappears again. The children explored with the cardboard tube by putting the toy car through one end and watching it come out of the other end. They did this over and over again. This was the favorite activity among majority of the children. The children also rolled the toy car through an opening in the foam blocks. They watched as the car went under the tunnel and then came out of the other side. They then explored the same concept themselves by crawling through a large tunnel themselves. They also rolled the toy cars through the large tunnel. The children observed and connections between the activities. The concepts children learned doing the activities include the concept of motion and the concept of objective permanence.

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