A new mini inquiry has launched!

A new caretaker has started at our school and he sent a video to our class. The video shows him scuba diving in the ocean with fish and sharks. The students had a lot of questions. We have recorded their thinking and we are now gathering books, clips and information on fish, scuba diving and sharks. This mini inquiry is a good way to get to know our new caretaker as well as learn how to use information to answer our questions. If you are a scuba diver we would love to hear from you!

Here is a sample of some of our questions:

Why are bubbles come up?

Why do sharks have lines on their faces?

What do fish eat?

How can the people stand under water?

How do sharks swim?

Why do sharks swim in circles?

Do sharks have teeth?

Why can’t they just wear masks? Why do they have special equipment?

Do all swimming things need flippers?

We have a lot of wonderings to explore.


About mrsharrisonlsps

I'm a Kindergarten teacher who is running a Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program. I am an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Discovery Educator Star.
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4 Responses to A new mini inquiry has launched!

  1. Glen Tatum says:

    This is Ethan’s Grampa Glen. I am really excited to read Mrs. Harrison & Ms. Sander’s posts (which Ethan’s father kindly forwards to my email regularly) and I must say how lucky you all are to explore these wonderful topics. I sure wish I had more teachers like them when I was in school!

    When I was living on the island of St. Croix in the Caribbean, I was out sailing one hot and sunny day and noticed a beautiful secluded cove. So I decided to moor my boat and go for a swim in the ocean to cool off in the warm Caribbean waters. While I out was snorkelling around the coral reef and looking at all the beautiful and colourful fish darting in and out of small spaces in the reef, I happened to notice a big Nurse Shark lying quietly on the ocean floor. It was approximately 8-10 feet in length and perhaps 2-3 feet in diameter. Nevertheless, it was a big one! The shark seemed to be lying there so peacefully, so I decided to swim down and take a closer look. I took a big breath of air and away I went. As I dove down in the water, I let some air out. My air bubbles formed and rose to the waters surface which was twenty feet above me now.

    I got very close shark and with a brief touch of the its tail, I noticed how soft it felt; the skin seemed almost like a smooth rubber-leather! I must have woke and startled the big fish as it quickly swam away…from me!

    Now I can assure you that a shark can swim quit fast and does so by wiggling his/her tail from side to side. I also am quite sure that most sharks do have teeth to help them eat other smaller fish. Most importantly, I am very thankful that I didn’t find out if this one had any teeth that day!!

    When I returned home to Canada, as I always do I told my Mother this story. My mother became quite concerned and promptly made me promise that I would never do that again. While I know that not all sharks have teeth, or will hurt you, it is also true that some may. So this is why I have always kept my promise to my Mom!

    • Thank you so much for writing about your adventure. I will read the post to the class tomorrow morning. I can already visualize their smiling faces, especially your grandson’s. I’ll reply with the students’ responses in the morning.
      Thank you!
      Angie Harrison

  2. Mrs. Harrison says:

    Grandpa Glen,
    Thank you for teaching us about sharks. Thank you for sending us the message. Thank you for telling us your story. Thank you for sharing your story. We learned many things from your story. It sounded really fun.
    Mrs. Harrison and Mrs. Sanders’ K class

    • Glen Tatum says:

      You are very welcome. It was my pleasure!! We (I speak for Ethan, his father and I) really appreciate all the efforts the both of you are putting into expanding the young minds of these children. It is so refreshing and positive.

      All the best to you and your students!

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