November 19, 2012
The implementation of the eighth inquiry involved children expanding on their exploration of the big idea "Where did it go?" The children wanted to study the motion of an object passing through another. In this activity the children explored and investigated tubes hung from the ceiling. They first just swung them around and enjoyed watching them twirl around. When they tried to put a marble in the swinging tube they realized that it kept moving away. They used one hand to grab the tube and hold it steady and place the marble inside with the other. The children also noticed that some of the tubes were slanted and picked them up to place marbles inside. They knew that the marble would not stay inside of a tilted tube. Some of the children also put two tubes together and rolled a marble through them. The children had to problem solve to get the marbles out of the tubes. Some concepts the children learned during this activity include the concept of motion, cause and efface, fine motor skills and directionality.