Thursday, December 22, 2011

Santa's Big Race!

In our last week of school we just had to squeeze in some Science Fun! We got busy talking finishing up our unit on Force, Motion and Energy! In order to learn about movement we were using wind up toys and pull cars.
We used Duplos to build the lanes needed for Santa's Big Race! We predicted which car would win and charted those predictions. We did the same for the wind up toys. It seems that Santa was a favorite this year even though our elf had the coolest car around! 
We started our races and as you can imagine... we had tons of fun. I suppose the picture here is worth a 1000 words because Santa and friends were moving pretty darn fast
We moved on to our wind up toys and set up our races. And as you can imagine our wind up toy race was pretty slow but still very exciting. Santa came out a clear winner above all! 

Merry Okee

It sure was fun to hear our race announcers use our Merry Okee with an elf voice! 

We had a good time. We learned a lot and this gave us a fun Science Notebooking Activity. 
So, what did we learn? 
We predicted an objects movement and tested our predictions. 
We observed starting and ending positions and described how they changed.
We observed ways objects can move and used appropriate language to describe an objects movement. 
We recorded our observations and used that information to discuss results with each other. 
We set up our own investigation and discussed how we could change the investigation and explored different ways for our next investigation. 

We had so much fun and laughed so hard our sides were hurting. So, who said Science was not fun? It sure wasn't me, just sayin'! 


  1. The kids look like they are having a blast!
    I have *got* to work in more hands-on science to my school day!!
    First Grade Blue SKies

  2. I love the integration between science and Christmas fun! Happy holidays!

  3. I love this idea! And I am loving your blog!
    Heidi Butkus

  4. What a fun activity! I've done the same thing but without the fun theme of Santa!! I might have to next year :)
    Jen Ross
    The Teachers’ Cauldron



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