Implementation of “Water scientists” (SOI-LV-305)

Author: Zanna Belevica, Preschool teacher

School/Organization: Virbu Primary School

I used the training scenario ‘Water Scientists’ developed by Leticia Pilar Gil Ramos. I worked with 3-4 year olds students and the scenario matched their ability to experiment, observe and narrate. It was also in line with the monthly plan and the topic to be studied.

Water in nature

In science, we observed the properties of water and things. We looked for where water is found in nature, the children observed an experiment on how rain is made. And as the next topic was about plants, we observed with the children the role of water in plant life. This gives a great understanding of the importance of water in sustaining life.

This activity with Bee Bot and pictures encouraged children to find pictures and find out the states in which water is.

Photo by Žanna Belēviča, CC BY

Water is life

The topic of water can be expanded very widely. In preschool we devoted a whole month to it and I will say that there is still a lot to learn and experiment.

This scenario gave us the opportunity to broaden our understanding of how water gets into people’s homes, and I loved that science can be linked to architecture and art, as fountains are decorative environmental objects.

 Now we have learned that there are decorative fountains. But students still were surprised and excited to see this primitive fountain.

Photo by Žanna Belēviča, CC BY

Outdoor activity

We often have to create outdoor activities, so these experiments were carried out in the shelter of the children’s playground. There are both positive aspects and some difficulties in keeping children’s attention. That is why doing experiments is a good and intriguing way to learn about a subject. And I have already come up with many ideas to use and complement this learning scenario. The scenario gave me a great idea for involving parents in the topic and the children were enthusiastic about their success in freezing water. There is definitely a need to complement the storytelling and listening with activities and experiments. Water is a great theme that can be learned through all subjects such as maths, art, sports, nature, language and social studies. The subject of water always fascinates me.  I divided the ‘Water scientists’ scenario into several days, so that each lesson includes storytelling, observation, and activity in order to promote interest and passion in children.

This experiment illustrates the topic of how water gets to the house, to the faucet in the bathroom.

Photos by Žanna Belēviča, CC BY

Objectives achieved To see the properties of water and things through practical activities. Recognised the relationship between water and life. Developed communication and storytelling and STEM skills.  As our school is an eco-school, the children also learned water saving skills.

Benefits of Europeana resources

I gained inspiration and ideas for working with parents, as well as interesting experiences using Europeana resources. My colleagues were interested in my scenario-based outdoor activities and wanted to receive a description of the activity, which I also sent to them. The resources are extensive and one must understand how to find suitable classes. But I already have many ideas where and how to use these resources.

Did you find this story of implementation interesting? Why don’t you read about the related learning scenario? ‘Water Scientists’ (LS-ES-562) created by Leticia Pilar Gil Ramos

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