Over the last 6 weeks, Preschool has been inquiring into the Life Cycles of Living Things for our "How the World Works" unit.
We began the unit with a sorting activity. Each student was given a photo of a living thing at one stage of its life cycle. Next, they had to try to find classmates who had the same living thing as them, and then make a group of 4 or 5. In their groups, students then discussed their thoughts and ideas about how to organize and arrange the photos. To do this, we first discussed what it means to cooperate with others, and focused on communication skills. Finally, each group had the chance to demonstrate their presentation skills as they shared their thoughts and ideas with the rest of the class.
Students also had many opportunities to look at different life cycles, including their own and brought in photos, clothes, or toys for show and tell time to show how they have grown and changed over time. For another show and tell, students brought in something that shows 2 or more stages of something's life cycle. Next, they then compared the life cycle of what they brought in to the life cycle of what their partner brought in, looking for similarities and differences between the two.
To see what "factors influence life cycles," we did a couple experiments with seeds and plants so that we could view and record first hand what happens when living things such as plants don't get what they need to live. The students also started to take some action by planting more plants around the school and enjoyed going outside to the Rokko Island Community Garden to sketch the tulips and other flowers growing there this spring.