The Whales have been deeply immersed in the study of weather the past two weeks. We started our exploration by gauging the weather using all of our senses. We noticed how the air felt on our skin, what the wind sounded like in the trees, what we saw in the sky above us and the way that rain tastes on our tongues. Whales are noticers of even tiny details!
Later in the week, we studied the weather gauging instruments that meteorologists use to assess and predict the weather. We practiced reading a thermometer, a rain gauge and an anemometer.
We learned that one of the easiest ways to predict the weather is to look at the clouds. Whales have become expert cloud watchers! We spent time looking at the sky through our cloud watchers, and we created clouds from different art mediums. We learned that some clouds signal a sunny day, while others are heavy with rain.
Our study of rain included an exploration of the water cycle. Whales became drops of rain sitting on the surface of the ocean. The sun’s heat made them feel lighter and lighter. They turned into a gas and rose up, up, up where they gathered in clouds too heavy for them to hold, eventually falling back to the earth as rain.
No study of rain would be complete without an Umbrella Walk. Whales took a meditative walk together on a rainy day, listening to the sound of rain as it fell. When we gathered back in the classroom, we wrote about the sound and turned our shared experience into a beautiful poem.
This week we have been studying wind and the “tussle” between hot and cold air that produces it. We conducted wind experiments, and wrapped up our exploration of wind by producing a play based on the book The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins. Whales made all of their props, and enjoyed giving the performance to the rest of the students at the ELC. Whales know weather!