Rainforest Unit Study Day 5

Day 5: D for Dolphin

Amazon River Animals
Water Cycle Review

We started our day by watching this quick video to review the layers of the rainforest.

Then we moved onto a review of the water cycle. As always when this topic comes up, the girls were eager to sing their favourite Water Cycle Song.
Click on to the picture below to download the lyrics free!
watercycle song pic

Munchkin LOVES to use the Google Now Voice options to search for things on my phone. {note: my phone is always on me – she does not have access to do so unsupervised}
This time we put it to use by searching for images of the water cycle at work in the rainforest. We learned a lot from the Rainforest Alliance and wiki links!

Next, we made our own rain sticks!
To start, they tightly rolled an 18″ piece of aluminum foil then carefully wound it into a spiral by wrapping it around the remainder of the foil roll (ours fit inside the tubes we were using). We slipped them into the tubes, using a bit of tape to secure the ends inside. Then we layered several coffee filters together and cut out a circle slightly larger than the base of the paper towel tubes (two sets for each tube). Munchkin taped them together so they couldn’t go flying around when the little princess helped me tape them over one of each tube. We poured some dry rice into them (about 1/2 cup each) then secured the other coffee filter circles to the tops. The girls then decorated the papers of their choosing (“colourful storms” was the theme, according to Munchkin!)
and we taped them around the tubes.

We experimented to see what made the best rain sound: Tip or shake? Fast or slow?

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 After that, we read a bit about the Amazon River Dolphin, and compared what we learned to what we knew about bottle nosed dolphins from our
Under the Sea/Ocean Animals Unit last summer.

Munchkin was once again fascinated by their use of echolocation, so I quickly pulled up this video on echolocation.

We discussed their diet, shapes, size, colouring, familial relations and where they are most commonly found after finding information in our children’s atlases.

They watched this short National Geographic video while I set up the following activity.

Each of these fish have a magnet glued to the back. I dispersed them throughout the blue “water” of our school room rug, and set out one paper plate for each coloured fish (labelled to help Munchkin with her colour word recognition, and colour coded for the Little Princess.) They each have a magnetic fishing rod we made by hot gluing 2ft of yarn to the end of a wooden dowel and gluing a magnet to the other end of the yarn. We use these fishing rods with several different games!

They did a wonderful job collecting the fish and organizing them!IMG_20150422_100259

Next they organized them into columns by colour and made greater than/less than comparisons, counting out how many of each fish they caught this time.IMG_20150422_100652While cleaning them up, we had the perfect opportunity to review what we knew about magnets, as they noticed they way some of the fish would repel each other when they were trying to stack them neatly!

To wrap up the day, we listened to the Magic Treehouse Audiobook, listened as Munchkin read us THREE new library books, and completed a few more pages in her math book.

Check back later to see what fun we have when we study Boa Constrictors on Day 6!

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