March 28, 2016

This morning, we started thinking about coral reefs. Over the past month or so, we have noticed an interest in coral reefs--the animals that live in them, the different shapes, and they names are the most interesting elements currently. This is great news to us--the coral reef ecosystem is so rich, and we're excited to be able to learn more about this fascinating topic with the group. Today we started by working on some initial illustrations, gauging children's interest, their questions, and what they already know. After, we had a whole group reflection meeting about what we already know, based on some of the books we have already read. We recorded children's initial knowledge in a KWL chart, which shows what we know, what we want to know, and once, we've spent some time learning about coral reefs, what we have learned. 

What we know already:

  • plants and animals are in it
  • coral sways gently in the breeze
  • fish hide in the coral reef
  • clownfish live in coral reefs, they hide there from predators like sharks
  • some kinds of sharks live in them, like sand sharks
  • some coral reef is called: bubble coral, cup coral, brain coral, nose coral, tube coral, plate coral, and finger coral

Tomorrow, we are going to continue to think about the questions we have about coral and the animals that live in coral reefs. Some of our questions so far include:

  • Does coral always live in the sea?
  • Do coral reefs really have a lot of fish in them?
  • Why does coral have spikey things on their sides?
  • What do fish eat in coral reefs?

Here are some photos from today's work time!