Air, Water and the Environment

We started an “I Wonder” wall to share our questions about air and water Mrs. Cassell used a program called Padlet to create our “I Wonder” wall. When we got our iPads we had to open an app called Qrafter. Qrafter scans black and white pictures that tell our iPads how to find a website – today the website was our “I Wonder” wall. Mrs. Cassell showed the the black and white picture (called a QR code) on the SMARTboard. Each group got to go up the SMARTBoard can scan the code with their iPads. It was fun and super easy. Then we clicked on the link and it took us right to our “I Wonder” wall. Next we all got to add our own sticky notes to the “I Wonder” wall with our questions about Air and Water.

To help us answer some of our questions about water we video conferenced with the Texas Wildlife Association. We made a list about what we learned:

1. Water is made of H2O (hydrogen and oxygen) – we still don’t quite understand what molecules are but we will be learning more about what H20 means next week.

2. Almost all the water on Earth is salt water from the oceans.

3. Some of the water we drink comes from fresh water above the ground in lakes and rivers.

4. The rest of the water we drink comes from under the ground.

5. The water underground is stored in aquafers; aquafers are like underground caves made of rock where the water is stored

6. Elanor did an experiment where she dumped water on plants and soil in a container with hole in it and a bucket underneath. She also poured water on a rock in a container with holes in it and a bucket underneath. She asked us what we thought would happen to the water. We guessed that the water poured on the rock would not soak through, but the water on the soil would. We were right! We learned that the aquafers fill up when rain water soaks through the soil. If there is a lot of rock the water can’t get underground to fill the aquafers.

7. We talked about the water cycle. We understand that water from the ground evaporates into the sky and then makes clouds. When the clouds get full it rains. We want to spend some more time learning about the water cycle and how clouds are made.

8. When you flush the toilet it uses 25 gallons of water! We saw what a gallon jug looks like. That is a lot of water!

9. Elanor asked us to think about how we could conserve water. Conserving water means to use just what we need without wasting it.

10. We would like to learn more about water conservation.

3 thoughts on “Air, Water and the Environment”

  1. Hello Boys and Girls

    So much for me to learn about water and but I can see you are becoming experts already using your “I wonder wall” and QR codes to learn about this important resource that we cannot live without but us grown ups often to pay enough attention to. Thank you for reminding be about how important water is!
    Mr. Bennett


  2. We were very interested in your learning about molecules. We think that everything on Earth is made of molecules but they are so small you have to look at them with a microscope.
    We also were learning about water, air and soil. We went to a cool website that taught us how to conserve water. Pet waste needs to be picked up so it doesn’t pollute the water. Long showers waste a lot of water. We were surprised to find out the answer to this question: Which uses less water–a quick shower or a bath? Maybe you can find out the answer too? We did a water pollution experiment and we found out that when you dump pollution into the soil it still gets into the water. Some of it even stays in the soil! yuck! Watch the halls for our posters about being “Water Wise”. Maybe they will help with your research!
    Grade 2/3


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