Cycles EVERYwhere!

It’s pretty unbelievable when we take the time to look around at all the different cycles that surround us every day.   This week at GFT’s Summer Nature Series, students specifically discussed the water cycle and the carbon cycle.  Additionally, we touched on life cycles as we saw evidence of egg sacs on leaves, a frog that joined us on two parts of our hike,  and even a baby doe roaming free on the fields.

Students also incorporated an experiment on the different states of matter and density through a “Sink or Float” activity with different objects that were gathered from the forest.  Even our youngest of learners was enamored and embraced the suspense that occurred from prediction to practice!

After reading one of our water cycle books, the children also got to musically create their own “thunderstorms”.  If you’re interested in trying it out at home, here are the steps:

  1. Rub your hands together
  2. Snap your fingers
  3. Clap your hands together in an irregular cadence
  4. Slap your hands on your legs (at this time a student flicks a light switch on and off to represent lightning, while another beats a drum to symbolize thunder)
  5. Stomp your feet
  6. Slap your hands on your legs and stomp your feet (represents the height of the storm)
  7. Stomp your feet
  8. Slap our hands on your legs
  9. Clap your hands together in an irregular cadence
  10. Snap your fingers
  11. Rub your hands together
  12. Open palms (quiet)

Next week we will be diving deeper into the summer solstice and how the earth and its inhabitants, even now, are busy preparing for the upcoming winter.

Are you interested in setting up a drop-in to drop-off day at GFT this fall or catching up on our last couple summer sessions?  Drop us a line here.  We can’t wait to hear from you!

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