Lynn Kaashoek’s Kindergartners are thinking like Scientists these days, observing their environment, drawing and writing about what they see, and growing their thinking. They will be ready to get into their Trout Study in February and March. In the classroom we talked about the season and the weather, building on previous indoor scientific observation. Then we took clipboards, journals, and pens outside for a campus walk to observe with our senses. The eager students noticed their shadows and drew them in their journals. Finding black walnut leaves with stems and veins and tiny galls required labeling with new vocabulary, wondering what those bumps on the leaves were, and growing thinking about the bumps protecting something inside from the wind and the cold. “Yes. Like a jacket!” Is how one boy grew his thinking about insect galls. These budding scientists being eager to ‘study’ the next thing shows me they will be able to apply these lessons to their trout visitors soon.
Lynn Kaashoek teaches at Quail Run Elementary School in San Ramon. This article was written by retired teacher Margaret Hart.