This week we started tuning in to an inquiry into how we experience the world through our senses.
On Monday, when the class came in from play time they noticed something was different.
Shotaro: It smells like popcorn in here. Somebody has been eating popcorn.
Johnny: Why does it smell like popcorn?
Claire: Who has been eating popcorn?
Lucy: Ms Leah, did you have popcorn for your snack?
Arwyn: Hey, there's a popcorn maker.
Shotaro: And there's the popcorn maker box.
Johnny: Are we going to make popcorn?
Nora: Can we?
We talked about what popcorn smells like.
Griff: Popcorn smells like ... popcorn!
Teddy: Well, to me the smell is bad, because I don't like the smell of popcorn. So I say it smells like durian.
Pieter: It doesn't smell like popcorn. It smells like Cheerios to me.
Siena: Well, it's made of corn. Maybe it smells like corn.
We brainstormed how popcorn smells, looks, tastes, feels and sounds and made a chart.
Afterwards, some students helped Ms Florence make more popcorn, and we investigated popcorn further through our senses by smelling it, tasting it, feeling it, looking at it, and listening to it being made, pressed and eaten.
Wednesday after break time, again something was amiss.
Shotaro: It smells like oranges in here.
Johnny: Oh yah, it does!
Emma: Why does it smell like oranges in here?
Nora: I bet we are going to make orange juice!
Arwyn: It's like the same thing as before with the popcorn.
Siena: It's to learn about the senses.
We talked about what oranges smell like and charted down our ideas.
Lucy: They smell like Fanta.
Shotaro: Fizzy drinks.
Claire: Ice cream.
Teddy: Orange juice.
Adam: Rough. The outside is rough.
Emma: The inside is kind of soft.
Pieter: Squishy squashy.
Frankie: The seeds feel like cereal.
Griff: The seeds can feel kind of wet.
Aubrey: The seeds are like a plastic piece of corn.
Lucy: Or sometimes sour.
Adam: Orange juice.
Griff: The seeds are crunchy.
Johnny: The seeds don't have much taste. They are kind of plain.
Shotaro: Like an orange ball.
Johnny: The inside is like a moon, a half moon.
Adam: A bomb.
Shotaro: There's a white skin.
Griff: The seeds can be all shriveled up.
Griff: When you bite into an orange, the sound is like 'psssst' and juice comes out. If you happen to bite into a seed, it goes 'crk'.
After we investigated further using our senses of taste, sight, hearing, touch and smell, we made our own charts.