It was the beginning of our Summer Reading Program today. Brandon Springer, 4-H Specialist from Green Lake County, was our guest speaker today and read the story “Water is Water” by Miranda Paul.

Drip. Sip. Pour me a cup. Water is water unless…it heats up.
Whirl. Swirl. Watch it curl by. Steam is steam unless…it cools high.

This book follows a group of kids as they move through all the different phases of the water cycle. From rain to fog to snow to mist.

Then Brandon talked to the group about ground water. He had a model, and added water, showing the children how the water seeps through the different levels of ground. Then he demonstrated with a syringe, which went all the way to the bottom, (like a well) and showed how the clean water comes up into your home.

The children made their own models of a water table using chocolate chips as the base. Adding clear soda, which represented the water.

Next came ice cream which acted as the confining unit. Which keeps stuff from going up or down into the water. Another layer of soda (clear water). And then sprinkles on top of the soda represented your top layers of soil.

By inserting a straw all the way down to the bottom of the cup, and sucking up, you got just the clear soda from the bottom. Like the well in your home.

If they stirred their cups up, it became a leaky landfill and the water at the bottom was no longer clean. But the project was their snack, and it still tasted good!

Join us next Thursday, for the 2nd week of our exciting Summer Reading Program.

  • Participants who do their weekly reading will be eligible for small prizes each week.
  • And if they complete all 4 weeks of the program they will be able to join us at the Waupun Aquatic Center for a day at the pool.

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