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We really wanted to thank Petsmart for sponsoring our classroom pets this year. It has been so exciting researching what pets would be best in our Kindergarten classroom and so much fun going into the store and picking out our pets.
Meet Bluebonnet our Betta fish! She is so active in her new environment. She is sure to provide lots of opportunities for observation and notebooking this year.
Here is the home of three Hermit Crabs. They have such a posh Crab Shack that once they moved in, we haven't seen much of them. When they are not so camera shy we will sure feature each one of them!
Are you looking for a Kindergarten Science Buddy this year? If so, let me know!
I am having a Thank YOU Sale this weekend in both my TpT store and Teachers Notebook stores just as a small way of thanking you for your support, kind words, feedback and inspiration. I am so blessed to be a part of your teacher collaboration.
I loved the book One Bean after reading it to my Kindergarten class for the first time.
We had fun deciding which type of bean to plant.
But we really had more fun planting our beans!
We set up our own bean planting investigation.
Not much talking going on... too much to concentrate on. I think that might be referred to as, hmmmm engaged!
We saved a bean in our Science Notebooks just so we could remember what our bean looked like from the very beginning.
I have had a lot of emails and questions about HOW young children learn to investigate independently and what that exactly LOOKS like. I really think the key is finding the right investigation and modeling the appropriate procedures. Once you have an appropriate investigation it really is simple. The children here did not need my help. I was close by only because I wanted to take pictures. One thing I have learned is that young children have the tendency to over water something and I can remember doing that as a child too. We have learned that if we over water our plants they will not grow. Even though this investigation had soil and water it was not messy. So, this is what it LOOKS like and HOW to set it up was simple for this investigation. I used the steps and pictures from the book as visuals. All in all, this was one of the easiest investigations we have done.
OM~gosh... we saved the babies! We have them in their own little fish tank and they seem to be doing ok! One of these tiny fish is going to Lily a pre k friend and the other one is going to 2nd grade Science teacher Leslie! And the third... I just can't let that one go!
These have to be one of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen. When I see fields of Bluebonnets, I know I am home. I have ordered my seeds and I am excited about planting these with my class this year. After a little reading about planting Bluebonnet seeds, we are going to try to help them along a little so our Spirit Garden will have some bluebonnets this spring. If you would like to follow along there is some excellent information I have found here! And it is not too late to get your seeds and start planting!
Welcome to our little GIVEAWAY! Each winner will have the opportunity to select an item from each of our TpT or Teachers Notebook stores! How fun is that? That's FIVE products in all. Best of all, you have 11 chances to win.
Here is how:
Follow each blog and comment stating that you do. And that counts as FIVE entries.
Follow each store and leave a comment stating that you do. And that counts as FIVE entries.
Blog about the giveaway and leave a link in your comment. That counts as another entry!
Five lucky winners, one from each blog, will be announced October 28th!
We have had so much fun with our classroom pets and I am happy to say that our crabs are having way too much fun in the crab shack! And they all three love to be in there together.
We especially like it when we have to give them a crab bath because they all come out to play.
Last week we added our aquarium plant bulb to our aquarium. We noticed this morning that the water was cloudy in our aquarium and that our favorite (and I mean FAVORITE) mystery snail now has white cloudy stuff on his shell AND our sucker fish and ghost fish are nowhere to be found.... Bluebonnet is ok but things are not looking good in the aquarium at all. We are all hoping that our fish can survive the plant bulb nightmare. We have taken the plant bulb out and we will clean the aquarium together.
Wow! Science resources are really popping up all around blogland and it is hard not to blog about this stuff! I just came across a post from a blogging friend Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes that has some super Science freebies! What I am loving is the Science Role cards!
Thank you for all of your emails and kind words about what has been happening inside the classroom during our Science time. I have to say we have had a lot of fun. I have added the Scientific Processes Posters to both stores so you can start your own Science Center makeover! In this download you will find 5 processes posters, 2 I Can Be a Scientist posters and a Science Safety contract. I hope you have as much fun working on your Science Center as much as I did. This packet is available at Teachers Notebook and TpT! All you have to do is print, laminate and display... the easiest DIY!
We have been learning about Living and Non Living Things in the classroom. Since we have reorganized and set up our Science Center, we have had lots of opportunities to observe living and non living things.
In our tiny Science Center we have:
2 Aqua Frogs
3 Hermit Crabs
1 Beta Fish
1 Ghost Fish
I Sucker Fish
1 Mystery Snail
1 Growing Aquarium Plant
6 Mini Greenhouses
AND... 20 Budding Scientists!
Every morning we check on our classroom pets and see what they are up to.
We have used tools to help us observe our crabs and crab habitat.
We have learned that animals need:
We have noticed lots of crabby play goes on in that crab shack!
We have seen the changing of shells.
We witnessed our crab problem solving as he was trying to get in his coconut hut but his shell was stuck. He came out of his shell and pulled and pulled on it until he finally got it inside!
We added a live plant to our aquarium and we are hoping it will take root and grow!
We read The Tiny Seed and learned about seed dispersal and about the basic needs of plants.
We learned plants need:
The Tiny Seed is a great book that actually addresses the importance of space.
On a field investigation we found two objects that look like berries. We think they might be figs from a fig tree but we have to do a little more investigating.
We have completed our first Science Team project by putting together Mini Greenhouses. Right now we are growing:
We have learned the parts of a plant:
We are recording our observations and new understandings in our Science Notebooks.
We have had way more fun than we should...watching our Growing Brain actually change instead of grow. We have been able to observe these changes and record our observations in our Science Notebooks. And we have discovered that although things can appear to grow, if they do not have basic needs, then they are not living.
We have had fun learning that Scientists share information with others and discuss their findings as we work through the Scientific Processes.