GEMS 2nd Graders Study Irrigation Systems

Second graders have been engineering irrigation systems as they study the importance of farming in our state.

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Gaining an understanding of the necessity of water and why farmers need irrigation systems to support Vermont crops was the underlying theme throughout the past weeks.

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Imagining, preparing, planning, and constructing were the initial steps to support the local crops and then came testing and improving to help create the most efficient system.

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Tests conducted measured the amount of water dispersed, in square inches, on a large paper grid as modifications and adaptations were considered.

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Closing circle and discussion had students using words such as erosion, drought, flooding, sediment, and absorption.  One student even implemented their weekly “wow” word as she said, ” I was mesmerized” — referring to the sprinkler head as it rotated in a circular motion.

 

Students looked at the perimeter and total area of their crop and determined if their irrigation system was supplying a sufficient amount of water to their entire crop.

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Engaged, thoughtful, learning by ALL!

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