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Notes from the Classroom: Show & Tell

May 15, 2017

 

​Inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards.

 

We had a guest speaker for Show and Tell on Thursday May 11th, 2017, one of the mommies, Jessica. Jessica came to the classroom to talk with us about something that is important to her. Her show and tell item was a globe, to explain planet Earth.

 

Her daughter assisted with the presentation by holding the globe and pointing out how most of the planet is covered with blue water. Jessica explained that the earth is special to her, because “It is our home, filled with all the people and animals that we love. This planet is the only one we have, and we all have to help take care of it.” She explained to the children that “One of the best ways to help the planet is to take care of the water”.


It was terrific to observe how the children eagerly contributed to the conversation, sharing their ideas and knowledge about the topic. They talked about how we use water to wash, to satisfy a thirst and to help feed plants and trees. As Jessica prompted them with more information they listened and responded with remarkably insightful comments. In their own way, they brought up the issue of pollution, pointing out that if water is dirty you cannot drink it. They also pointed out that if you don’t control the flow of water, it can result in flooding and waste.

 

Then Jessica guided the conversation to solutions. She suggested that the “easiest way to take care of the water is to use just what you need and no more.” ​​To help us remember this idea she said “When you’re done, don’t let it run!” We all liked that and repeated the phrase together.

 

​To reinforce her message, we each practiced turning on the faucet just a little bit observing that if you reduce the flow of the water, you can also help to avoid wasting the water unnecessarily. 

 

Ms. McKenzie and I are bursting with pride at how our Show and Tell activity has evolved. Your children are just amazing! ​

 

 

Jessica was a hit with the kids! Here is a link to her website

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