It’s storytime: The Snail and the Whale

Today we’ve listened to the story: The Snail and the Whale. 

A tiny little snail has huge dreams of seeing the wide, wide world. So she hitches a ride on a friendly whale’s back and the whale and the snail see it all together: Africa, America and even the Southpole, icebergs, volcanoes and penguins! We even have drawn pictures of these two friends. Have a look!

It’s storytime: LITTLE SHELL AND JITTERY JELLYFISH

Today we’ve listened to the story of a little shelly and a jellyfish who became inseparable friends. But there is a problem: when jellyfish gets angry she stings- poor little shell! How can they keep their friendship?
We have discovered it through augmented reality with an ipad.
Wow, how cool!
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ZOOPLANKTON PROJECT:Hatching Brine Shrimp Eggs

This week we’ve prepared a salt solution and we’ve put two table spoons of brine shrimp cysts into it.
Brine shrimps are also called artemias or sea monkeys.

The eggs should hatch in 48-72 hours. Constant aeration is also needed.
We will keep you updated about our babies!

The secret life of zooplankton

In Science K5 we have been learning that inside a drop of water that you might collect from the sea are very tiny organisms. These tiny and often not so small living things are called zooplankton and phytoplankton.
We have living zooplankton in our Science Lab in preschool: mysid crustaceans, artemia (brine shrimps) rotifers and copepods.
We also have been listening to the story: Felipe the Flamingo, that isn’t pink because he does not eat artemia.
Flamingos get their pink colour from their food, the artemia.
One of these days we are going to observe our zooplankton under the microscope!
We are so thrilled!

 

 

VERMICOMPOSTING

Today we have fed our Californian red worms. They are in charge of composting and they are eating quite a lot of school kitchen waste. Lettuce, tomatoes and carrots are their favourite food but they do not like cabbage at all! Amazing!
Have a look at our vermicomposting box. The worms like hiding and don’t like direct light.
The worms and composting are also part of our Project Polar Bear.



LEARNING HOW TO DRINK FROM A “BOTIJO”

The “botijo”is one of the most interesting bottles or jars ever seen. It’s made of porous clay with the intention of holding and cooling water. Its best claim to fame is that it keeps the water cool under really hot conditions and even better, it never changes the water flavour.
Botijos are ecological and you do not need fridges to cool the water and you can also reduce the plastic waste.
Our carbon footprint is being reduced too.
“Botijos” are an important part of our Polar Bear project 2016/2017!
We’ve started to learn how to drink which is quite challenging and we’ve had so much fun.