Saturday, January 24, 2015

Groundhog Day!

Hey Science Friends,
Well, it is about a week until February 2. It is hard to believe that time has passed this quickly. So this week is the prime time to talk about the weather in class. If I could wish I would wish for some spring weather if we are not going to get any snow. I guess we will have to see what the groundhog has to say on the big day.
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This coming week we are going to have a little fun before we hear if the groundhog sees his shadow or not. Either way, we are sure going to have a little groundhog fun before the day.
Part of the fun of the week will be reading all of the books that go along with it. Much to my surprise I have found quite a few books on the subject. And when you mix these books in with books about the weather, you have a lot of books to add to any Science center.
Our Science objectives include observing and describing the daily weather. We do that each day and on Wednesday we have Weather Wednesday. So, this will make a welcome little addition to spice up what we already do each day. Not only are we going to observe and describe the weather, we are going to predict, report and graph the weather too. We are making some weather headbands to get us geared up for these special reports.
We will be taking some surveys and asking...
Will we have six more weeks of winter weather?
Some of us want a little more winter but not all of us! I guess we will find out what kind of weather we want to see. It will give us a chance to look at the results, discuss the results of the surveys and find out what kind of weather we want the most or least.
We are going to sort seasonal things into the categories of spring and winter. My class loves sorting especially if it is a cut and paste sort that goes in our notebooks. And because they love sorting, I made them another sort to review living and non living. During this unit we also review basic needs.
 
The kids will also be excited to add illustrations to their new weather book. We are even going to do some labeling because we love labeling just about anything. We are labeling animal parts of the groundhog. When we finish reading and researching groundhogs we will be ready to write some groundhog reports. The kids are always amazed that when we put our research projects together and finally display them. All in all, I think we are ready for some groundhog fun but I couldn't leave it at that...
Because anybody knows that any good Scientist is good in math so I had to make some printables to go in our math boxes to support our current math focus. I know the kids will be excited to dig in to these printables and games. And I can't wait for some number talks with Ten Grouchy Groundhogs!
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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Snow Clips!


Hey Science Friends,
I can't stop thinking about snow even though it is more like spring here today. No worries, the weather in Texas can change pretty quick so there is no need to put our coats away just yet. My class has been carefully looking at the weather reports trying to figure out if we will have recess each day. And we were beginning to question if we would even see the sun. Oh, the stories we could wtite about missing the sun shine on our faces. Sometimes we can't decide if we want to see the snow or sun but what we do know is that we want the gray skies to clear! I figures that I needed to gather a few snowy things in case we have a cold front move in and we are stuck indoors just dreaming of...snow! Because if we get it by golly we are going to celebrate! So, this is my snowy video post so that I can be ready when the cold wind blows!
Here we go...let it snow!
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
http://littlemisskindergarten.blogspot.com/2015/01/number-talks-with-100-snowmen.html
For a little Number Talking snow fun click on the image above!
 
 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

All You Need For A Snowman!


Hey Science Friends,
Over here we have been talking about the weather. And we were wishing for snow and checking the forecast and hoping for a little miracle and when it didn't happen we had to create a little snow fun on our own. All this snow talk really had us wanting to make a snowman especially during those gloomy days of indoor recess.
After we worked in our Weather Notebooks and recorded and graphed the weather we had a few minutes to make a snowman of our own. And the best part is that this took no time at all to prep and prepare. I was able to order these lanterns on Amazon which is my favorite online shopping store for any busy teacher. I shop, click and they deliver. I swear it could not be easier. I was able to cut most of the pieces for the eyes, nose and mouth out of construction paper scraps I had on hand.
The kids finished their work and went over to a back table and put it together independently. Even with precut pieces you could see different personalities emerge when the snowmen were finished.
With these hanging around from the ceiling it kind of made us fell like it was snowing even if it wasn't!  
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Friday, January 2, 2015

Five For Friday!


Happy New Year Science Friends,
I have snow on my mind. I am wishing for just one dusting of snow this year! I think snow is the best part of winter because it makes everything look so magical. I have been busy working on all things snow as the weather gets colder and we expect a little freeze. So while I am stuck inside working, I decided to link up for a little Five for Friday fun with Doodle Bugs!
 So, lets get started with a little Five for Friday and a few freebies too!
Number 5
As I settled in to get a little work done, a nice cup of hot chocolate made it a little easier. I am in love with salted caramel hot chocolate this year.
And when you run out of marshmallows because of this...
You just have to improvise and problem solve and run for the whipped cream!
Number 4
Getting your work done on a super new Surface Pro 3 makes life a whole lot easier when you are on the go. And I am wishing I was on the go right about now...
Sipping my hot chocolate just dreaming of a beautiful sunny summer sky and white puffy clouds...my favorite kind of weather! And as I travel to the next new adventure, I am sure I will be carrying along my new Surface Pro 3 and having a ball snapping pictures and blogging about it. I think I am ready to hit the road now!
Number 3
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When we get back to school we will have a little fun with one of my all time favorites...The Mitten. It's a classic favorite this time of year. And I love all of the animals. For more information on this product in my store just click on the image above.
Number 2
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Here is a little freebie for you to use as you are talking about winter weather. Just click on the picture above to take you to the freebies you see here.
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Number 1
I could not leave a post about snow without my all time favorite kind of snowballs. If you were here I would serve you some because these make a perfect snack for those long winter days. If you need the recipe just visit me HERE!
Happy New Year Science Friends! 
http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2015/01/five-for-friday-linky-party-friday.html
 




Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Scent Of The Season!

Hey Science Friends,
Now is the time that we all are thinking about the sights, sounds and scents of the season. So many different ways to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. One of my favorite scents this time of year is peppermint. It is clean and crisp. It just smells like the holidays. Each time this year I make sure I have plenty of peppermint extract on hand to add to paint and play dough. It is clear and won't stain and it is pretty easy to find. You know, just right there by the vanilla extract in your local grocery store.
Just a few drops will transform some dough into a sensory experience sure to get anyone ready to start talking about this fun experience. What I love is that this time of year you could use any color of dough. I have a stockpile of dough that I am ready to use now and toss when we are finished! And what a great way to set the stage for describing properties of objects?
 Who knew Science could be seasonal and fun?
This is such an easy way to grab a quick checklist, engage in a little sensory language and check those items off the assessment list. Can you imagine the words used to describe the dough? What will the scent remind us of? What about the opportunities for comparative language? It's not so hard to think of a little twist to make Science a little seasonal and get our goals accomplished too!  
Have fun investigating!


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