Kindergartners make their own habitat
The kindergarten teachers and children, welcome you to come to our classrooms for an experience you would not expect. You could go snorkeling in our oceans, or go on a safari in our savanna’s or maybe you are more keen on walking through the jungle! Whatever habitat you pick, the kindergarten children could guide you through it and tell you all about the living and non-living things that belong to that habitat.
By Maria Campos Ippolito, classroom teacher Kindergarten Green
We had the best start of the unit with our visit to the zoo! This hook was a successful experience for the children to be curious about and get engaged in their new unit.
KG Green then started off by describing everything that belongs to a specific habitat; living and non-living things. Later, we moved on to sorting the animals within the same habitat, which taught us to use words such as ‘mammals’, ‘reptiles’, ‘amphibians’, ‘birds’, ‘insects’, and ‘fish’.
This classification and close look into the animals’ characteristics brought up a lot of wonders such as: Why do camels have humps? Why do some animals have stripes? What do animals eat? Why can’t penguins or ostriches fly? Why do dolphins jump over the water? How long is a blue whale? What is the tallest animal? Why do fish make sounds?
In order to answer all those questions, we explored topics such as camouflage, food chain, adaptation and measurement. Questions kept coming up, therefore, we had some children doing their own research by watching a documentary on the iPad or by looking for information in books.
What happens if fish disappear?
While we were discussing the concept of food chain, we learned about the connections between animals from different habitats. If one gets affected, they all get affected, because, what happens if fish disappear? When we were answering this last question we discovered the problem of plastic polluting the oceans. The danger that animals living in the oceans are facing, is mainly caused by people!
This was such a shock for some of our children that we have decided to go green and fight against global warming. The actions we are taking are: using more public transport and less plastic. This last one can be done by buying products without plastic wrap, putting our groceries in cloth bags that we can reuse, buying metal straws and using them wherever we go, or reusing water bottles and food containers. There are so many things we can do. We hope that you all join our cause and help us to save the Earth.