Wondering About Water

4 Aug

Water. Where does it come from? Where does it go? Those questions were the starting points for a group of Smith faculty, students, and local elementary teachers this past school year. The Water Inquiry project, sponsored by CEEDS, brought the group of educators together to share creative 1st-graders-drain-300x300.jpgclassroom activities designed to allow children to develop and improve their own questions and theories about water and to discover connections to the local community and environment.

Outdoor investigations were highlights of the water inquiry project, both for teachers and kids. Going out in a downpour, looking up at clouds, peering down storm drains and watching the river after a storm were moments that stood out for teachers. Like their students, teachers’ curiosity and sense of wonder were inspired by exploring the Botanic Garden and following water downstream from the MacLeish Field Station.

The Water Inquiry project will continue in 2016-2017. To read more about the project, check out their blog, Water Inquiry.

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