Sunday, January 29, 2012


This has been a good year for Science Notebooking. I think I worked all the kinks out of it last year and just enjoyed it. I am always on the hunt for different things to put in our notebooks. In math we are working on measurement and part of that study includes temperature. Last month I was preparing for measurement for a training and my partner reminded me of some great resources that I blogged about on my other blog. 
The Math Learning Center has some really great stuff. I found these cards there. The picture here shows the cards printed in black and white. I like these printed in color better. I laminate these cards and put magnets on the back and use them as visuals when I am talking to my class. When I use them for notebooking I just copy them on copy paper for each child. 

Saturday, January 28, 2012


I was searching around for some penguin fun and I came across some free resources. I wanted to share them with you just in case you have never found these. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Call Me Mrs. Popper!

With so much snow business going on my kids now refer to me as Mrs. Popper! In our sand and water table we have one half of a package of the Snocube package of SnoWonder. I have a very large sand and water table. Right now snow is on sale and shipping is free and FAST! If you are considering snow in the classroom you should give SnoWonder a try. My kids say I am the best teacher ever for making it snow in Kindergarten. My shipment came in three days! This would be perfect to have on hand for a rainy day! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Making Snow!

We have been busy making batches and batches of snow. I think we have come up with our own secret formula recipe for the snow consistency that we like best. Currently we have an entire sand/water table filled with snow and it is hard to take our hands out of there. I have to say this is a perfect product to use for Science in Kindergarten and on a rainy day. 
We have been able to integrate some Math into the snow table while we have been discussing capacity. This is perfect for some hands on capacity lessons. We usually follow most math activities with some recording but it has been difficult to get our hands out of the snow so we will try to record our discoveries tomorrow. 

I have had a lot of people ask me about ordering SnoWonder. If you click on the image above it will take you there. I recommend if you are serious about ordering, look at the order page and then email SnoWonder and talk about what you need the snow for and have someone help you! 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Let It Snow!

We are cooking up some kind of fun in the Science Lab this week. We have been busy making it snow inside the classroom and we have had more fun discovering the wonders of snow. 
I can't tell you how excited I was to get my SnoWonder and get it ready to take inside the lab. I was just like a child when my package arrived. As I was preparing my lesson plans I could not help but wonder myself if this was going to work and I had to give this a try!
To set this little investigation up all I needed was:
1 Plastic cup
1 Measuring cup
1 Plastic spoon
1 Small individual package of SnoWonder!
As I was just about to start the investigation I ran and got a plate...just in case!
 .I added the plate and then the water. The mixture changed right before my eyes.
Don't might miss it!

What I LOVE about SnoWonder is that it is:
Non Toxic
Long Lasting
Safe for young Scientists
Easy Clean Up!
Need I say more?
We made several batches of SnoWonder and watched it erupt right before our eyes! I wanted the children to see exactly how I set up the investigation because they will be doing this independently. As each batch was made, I was able to keep them captivated and narrow down proper material use, expectations and some vocabulary. The children were fascinated with this phase of the snow investigation and this is where the real science is hidden. We will learn more about this during Science this week. It looks like ice but does not feel like it. We wonder why it changed and how. But any good Science teacher knows sometimes before we teach the Science Concepts we just have to:
Please join us this week as we explore the wonders of snow with SnoWonder!
The tin and pail you see photo were added by me. I wanted to hide the snow inside something so the children could try and guess what was inside...and they did on the first guess!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Blog For A Free Science Unit!

We are cooking up some Science Lessons like crazy around here and it is so much fun. The first 10 Science Lovers out there that would like to blog about a My Five Senses Unit and get it for free just send me an email and your blog address and I will hook you up with some hands-on fun!


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Applesauce Season!

I bet you are wondering just how our applesauce went? I have to tell you it was great.
We had fun peeling the apples!
We tasted all some apple peel and decided we liked it a lot!

WHEW! That was hard work!
We used our peels to make some measurement comparisons and a dash of a little math vocabulary.
We cooked the apples two hours with water, cinnamon and sugar. We decided to eat our applesauce warm because we did not want to wait for it to chill. It was the best applesauce ever. I think that might have something to do with the generous amount of cinnamon. We will be using our applesauce recipe for our apple pies later. After we prepared, cooked, observed, discussed our apples we did some notebooking.

So, what did we learn?
We learned that heat can cause change and heat changed the apples from hard and crunchy to soft and squishy. We observed, recorded and discussed how the applesauce changed by adding heat. We predicted what would happen if we removed the heat. We recorded our observations before and after our investigation in our notebooks. We had no recipe. We watched a Sid the Science Kid video and planned it out ourselves and we had a winner of a recipe.

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Great Back Up And Restore Sale!

It's The Great Back Up And Restore Sale in my TpT and Teacher's Notebook stores. I just had to do it. I had to have some fun. With all of the clip art and computer crash controvery coming to a close I just wonder how many emails I am going to get?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Science For The Seasons!

Bella 4 Slice Personal Pie
 Applesauce Season. Books
 Hello Science Friends,
I am so sorry it has been so long since the last post. I have had some technology issues that got me behind. I will be back in business very soon. I wanted to share this with you. A teacher friend gave me this apple basket for Christmas. I was so excited when I got this. I used a vegetable peeler in my class this fall and my class loved it. I wanted to find another use for it and one day I was in the library and saw Applesauce Season. After we had done several activities in class my kids kept asking me if we could make something with apples. I really wanted to make something with apples too but I knew I had to stick with my current objectives. I was pretty excited when another teacher pointed out to me that there was a similar activity in our curriculum documents. We will be using these materials in class next week. I hope you join us to find out what we have learned!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Frosty Returns!

What are we learning? We are learning to observe, record and discuss how materials can be changed by heating and cooling. We started our Frosty off with water and put him in the freezer. We predicted what would happen to the water. We took Frosty out of the freezer and took a good look at him. We observed, described and discussed what we saw. We kept a record of the words we used to describe Frosty.
As I held the Frosty in the pan we noticed Frosty was dripping on the floor. We wanted to know why. We talked about the temperature in the freezer compared to the temperature in the room. We were curious to see the temperature of the ice so we added a thermometer. We predicted which part of Frosty would melt first. As Frosty melted we observed the changes and recorded our findings in our Science Notebooks. 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Technology Fun!

You are probably talking about snow or winter right about now inside the classroom. How about a little technology fun to go right along with it? This link for Paint and Make will give your kids tons of different ways to integrate the Paint and Make activities into what you are currently talking about. You have to check it out! 

Seasonal Sort!

Sorts for all Seasons has just been added to my TpT store. I am so excited to finally have this ready to go for some sorting and describing our sorts fun! I love to use sorts as a whole group activity and have everyone participate and engaged in these activities. I am super excited to be able to finally have a seasonal sort that can be incorporated into our Science Notebooks. And I am also on a quest to use this sort and other materials in a Science Take Home Bag! 
PS. I included a BONUS seasonal syllable sort because who can resist snapping and clapping syllables? 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Science So Wrong!

So, would have loved to have posted some awesome science fun today but I suppose the pictures are worth 1000 words alone. So do we give up? Not exactly. We try again. And again and again, until we get it right... I guess that is the beauty of Science. We learn through trial and error! 


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