In January Verde students “travelled” to both poles and discovered that the very North of Earth is covered by frozen ocean and that there is a continent in the Southern most part of our planet. Children learned that both of these places are the coldest on Earth and are called polar regions.
We talked about Antarctica and the very few plant and not many animal species that live there. Children were surprised to discover that Antarctica is a desert – there is very little precipitation there. We talked about penguins, their body parts and life cycle. We also learned that this is the only continent that doesn’t have any native peoples, just scientists who stay there to study it and visiting tourists.
We also talked about Arctic, its animals, climate and one group of native people – Inuit. We even made a model igloo and let it melt outside to see if this type of a house would be appropriate in our climate.
In February we are going to start a two month unit. We are going to start with exploring space and the Solar System. We are then going to scale it down next month and look at layers of the Earth and Volcanoes.