Our study of the ocean has been woven together with the BP oil leak, how could it not be? The children have showed great interest and concern about the leak and also a immense empathy for the animals that are suffering.
We have also spent time wondering how long this will last. We know the greatest minds in the world are trying to find a solution. I encouraged the children to think about solving the problem as well and their interest in thinking deeply about the topic has been inspiring. J had the idea of using super strong "muscle" cement that can be put in water. M recommended using special, strong glue. K had the idea of fitting a log in the leak to stop it. And you'll see D and S have a similar idea of using really large buckets to scoop out the oil, which they represented through their artwork.
"The oil leak was coming 60 million days. And the people couldn't fix the oil leak because the oil leak is dying the animals; the jellyfish, octopus, fish, sharks, dolphins. They are all dying. All of the animals are dying in the ocean. We will take the animals out of the water. We take a really big cup, then we take all of the oil leak in the cup. And the people take the animals to the doctor and the doctor clean and check up the animals. Then the animals get really good. The oil leak gets gone. Then the animals can live in the water now. And they are safe now." By D
"This is the water and the oil leak, killing all the animals. And the oil leak is going higher and higher. And when i was going in the beach, my sister said "no" because there's an oil leak and we have to find another beach. And we see some jellyfish and they died. And we went to another beach and there was still an oil leak and my sister said "it keeps on spreading out" and I agree. We went to another beach and it was all safe. I like my sister." By I
"This is the oil spill and this is the clean water in the bottom. More oil is coming out. The animals are coming out to the beach. And the oil spill is going all the way to the beach. So the people got a big bucket, so all the oil spill will get out of the water so it can be safe." By S