Encourage all children to explore the new materials.
Suggest ideas that appeal to a child’s special interest. For example, if a
child likes dramatic play in the kitchen, invite him to come to the
water area to make a beverage or food he might need or use in the
Invite a child to play with someone who is enthusiastic about water,
or to play with you.
Share and discuss observations with small groups at both the water
table and water center near the end of choice time, and in a science
talk with the whole group.
Conduct discussions with small groups during choice time.
Near the end of choice time, ask children at the water table to show
you some of what they have been doing with the materials. Encour-
age them to describe what happened to the water by asking questions
such as the following:
• Can you show us how you got water into the tube?
• What happened to the water when you put it in the funnel?
Conduct a large group science talk.
Gather your whole group together in a circle and initiate a science
talk by using one of the following strategies:
• Show one or two pieces of equipment.
• Share a photograph or sketch from the exploration.
• Share an observation you made of a child using a funnel
Use follow-up questions such as the following to extend the
• Did anyone else try something like what Eli did? What happened when
you put water in the tubing?
• Who used the funnel? What happened to the water? Did anyone have
something different happen when they used a funnel? Tell us about it.
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Issue:My children cannot sit and
discuss things in a large group.
Response:It is important for chil-
dren to learn to share their experi-
ences and ideas with the group, to
listen to others’ ideas, and to ques-
tion and discuss. These are impor-
tant skills for learning science. You
can help children build these skills
over time. Begin with short discus-
sions. Take time to encourage sharing
and talk about how well children lis-
Teacher:Inoticed John using the
funnel. What happened when you
used the funnel, John?
John:Water fall down.
Teacher:Can you show us with this
funnel? Use your finger to show us
what the water did. Do you think
you might be able to make the
water fall up?
John:(Turns the funnel upside
Teacher:So, you’re thinking that if
you hold the funnel upside down,
then the water would fall up. Show
us with your finger what the water
would do. Oh! So you’re thinking
that you could pour the water into
the big part of the funnel that’s now
on the bottom and the water might
shoot out the little part that’s now
pointed up? What do the rest of you
think? What do you think will hap-
pen if John pours water into the fun-
nel when it’s like this?