Investigating our Questions

Friday, April 8, 2016

Now that we are nearing the end of Phase 1 - "Beginning the Project," we are slowly transitioning into Phase 2 - "Developing the Project." This phase is the longest phase of the project because it is where the research, investigations, field experiences, and basic fact gathering is accomplished. The second phase positions students as observers, investigators, reflective thinkers, and collaborators. They build on past experiences as they interact with their environment, visit field sites, and speak with experts. Through all of this, they construct knowledge and make sense of their discoveries. They form new understandings and hone both academic and high-level thinking skills as they figure out ways to digest and represent what they learn.

Today, we set up a site visit for our own school cafeteria. Prior to our visit, the children worked to make sketches of what they thought they might see when we visited the cafeteria kitchen. They also wrote up a list of questions they wanted to ask Chef Danny and the cafeteria workers.

Chef Danny greeted us at the employee door

We watched how oranges are sliced in a special machine

We went into the 38 degree refrigerator

Then went into the negative 5 degree freezer! Brr!

We got to see the washing machine and locker area

Then got to greet the produce delivery truck to find out where our food comes from!

We headed back inside and went into the dry storage area

We got to see the many warmers, counters, machines, and utensils that are used to prepare the food.

Students did a great job stopping to take notes and make quick sketches!

Last, we got to walk around the serving area to see the inside parts of the steamer stands and the cold storage. So interesting!

We learned so many things from our first site visit. Many questions were answered today and the students had a chance to finalize their notes and sketches upon returning to the classroom.

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