And, listen to the water sounds ...
Water is always on the move. It flows into tears, trickles with sweat , swirls into fog, and puddles into mud. Water is a traveler that has booked a trip on a never ending journey dropping from rain clouds, filling up ponds, and flowing into rivers that empty into oceans. On its journey, some water evaporates into the air and rains, mists, or snows back to earth. Water that is here today has been recycled just like this for years and years and years and years.
What makes water move and how does it stay so still on a glass-like lake? If you are thinking of the earth's force called gravity you are hot on the trail. Do a bit of investigating to find out about gravity. And, how about checking up on how wind and temperature work with the rain to make our weather and move our water?
Photos by Rae Mcdonald
Illustrations by Kathleen Kemly
Begin With Nature
Nature is full of surprises. If we look very closely, amazing action is always taking place. While out on a bike ride I saw an unusual sight, apples floating down the stream. I wondered what the ducks, frogs, fish and heron would think of apples parading down their stream. "Aha," I said. "What fun this could be." And, not long after that bike ride, I was writing A FISHING SURPRISE.
Of course, that was not the title I first gave my story, but it was a perfect fit when I had finished. Often, I first title my story something very simple just to make connections and open the door to going back to work on it. Give your titles some thought when you are finished. You will want your title to invite the reader inside your story.
What goes on down by the stream? You, too, can get acquainted with the plants, animals, and insects that make the water their home. Take an adult with you to enjoy the watching and waiting by the waterside.
Did you know that half of all the insects in the world live in or near fresh water? Head to the library and check out an insect handbook and identify the ones near your waterside.
Start a researcher's kit made from an old satchel or backpack. Fill it with a notebook, sketch paper, pencils, and leave a little room to add that library book to help answer questions that are sure to spring out your wondering.
While we are on the subject of getting wet, do you know your water safety rules?