A Collaborative Kite
Up, Up and Away
During outdoor exploration, the children observed the movement of a streamer blowing in the wind. They observed the streamer move up and down and change directions as the wind blew. The movement of the streamer in the wind became a provocation for a project on kites.
A group of children decided they wanted to make a kite to fly in the wind.
A few of the children went to the art center and began drawing kites.
C.Z: This kite is so small.
S.M: This kite can’t fly like a real kite.
Later that day, the children took out some larger sheets of paper and headed to the art center to begin working on their kite…
Incorporating literacy skills in an authentic way.
“Through experience and oral language, children develop the ability to identify and manipulate phonemes, build vocabulary, develop awareness of meaning, and develop awareness of language structure, and thus develop the foundations for reading and writing. Proficiency in oral language is critical to the success of literacy development.”
(The Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program Document 2010)
Ms. P: What is our plan? How will we know what we need to make our kite?
The children began by watching a video clip on kites.
Ms. P: What did we notice about the kite?
S.M: you need a string and tie it with the kite and hold on tight so it doesn’t blow away. We need some colour for the kite. It had a line. On its back it had a “T” shape.
T.K: a kite has a back and a spine. We need string and if we don’t have string we can use streamers. We need something to make the “t.”
T.K: What if it blows away by itself?
Ms. P: Very important! What should we include so it doesn’t blow away?
T.K: a string.
Ms. P: What should we connect the string to?
A.C: a stick like this.
“Let’s Get to Work.” – T.K.
Making a Plan
The children worked together to build a list of materials for their kite. They practiced sounding out the letters of each word.
Once the children created their list, it was time to collect the materials they would need.
S: This is a good stick for the “T”.
S.M: I found this stick on the ground, I didn’t hurt the
trees to take it.
|C.Z: Everybody hold it and we are |
going to put the tape for a big kite.
CiCi: I draw the butterfly kite like
the real butterfly.
T: It’s big.
R.S: I cut on the line.
A.C: Now my turn, I like to cut.
R.S: I hold it for you?
A.C: You hold it and I cut.
Ms. P: Are kites the only things with spines?
C.L: No, me too. (Points to her back)
S.M: And even butterflies have a spine.
Ms. P: I wonder why spines are important.
T.K: I think it makes it like this (makes his arm straight).
Ms. P: What colours would you like to use?
“We are making art by collaborating.” T.K.
C.Z: We have to focus.
S.M: and use teamwork and work together to get our best work done.
T.K: I am focusing and doing my best work.
C.L: The butterfly needs the streamers.
Ms. P: How long will the streamers be?
S.M: This big (points from one end of the kite to the
T.K: Okay, we have to hold it here and then we have to cut it.
A.C: Rolling, rolling, rolling the string.
C.L: The kite needs a lot of string because it’s going to fly.
Celebrating the Learning
You have to let go! - M.L.
S.M: When I say go, you let go of the kite.
A.L: You need more wind then it can go higher.