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Monday, August 22, 2016

Ocean Animals and a large freebie!

This summer I had a blast teaching a section on Ocean Animals.  I called it Under the Sea.

We started with learning about the levels of the ocean and then learned about specific animals in each level.  The kids couldn't wait to see what animal was next.

For every animal I read a book, watched videos, read articles that I wrote about the animal and then made a craft.  The craft ideas were found online.
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Includes 7 different animals: jellyfish, squid, octopus, puffer fish, sea turtle, clown fish and hermit crab.
Black and White or Colored Copies



 Pick up Hermit Crabs for free!

Sunday, August 21, 2016


Not sure who's more afraid the first day!  The kids or me!

I always lose sleep that first night with all my worries!

Check out this easy Read Aloud 
Black Lagoon Adventures - Back to School Fright

The kids can relate to Herbie!  Let them show you with this Let's Make a Connection worksheet.  Click on the worksheet to go to the link.

  I like to read a little of this book every day but you could read it in one sitting.  

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Time to Check Your Wish List

This is the time of the year I love!  I get to get all my products that are in my wish list cart!  Ok, maybe not everything.  I think I have 4 pages of items!  Hope you get what you've been wishing for!

Here are a few of my items!  Happy Shopping!!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Back to School Giveaway!

Win $10 from TeacherpayTeachers to buy some of those Back to School purchases!

Head on over to my Facebook page and click on the Giveaway Link at the top of my page!
Click Here to go to Facebook!
The link on the mobile app wasn't working so try this.

Good Luck to you all!

Back to School Giveaway!

Win $10 from TeacherpayTeachers to buy some of those Back to School purchases!

Head on over to my Facebook page and click on the Giveaway Link at the top of my page!
Click Here to go to Facebook!
The link on the mobile app wasn't working so try this.

Good Luck to you all!

Friday, July 22, 2016

We've Got Gas

I just love watching kids explore the property of gas!  They had so much fun!!

Day 1 
We started by watching this wonderful video about solids, liquids and gases! 

We didn't have the glycerin to make the bubble solution and it worked out great!
They made the bubbles on the tables and bubbles within bubbles and the most fun was holding the bubbles in their hands.
Day 2 We made colored bubbles with food coloring and blew bubbles on white butcher paper.  We were trying to see who could blow the biggest bubble before it popped.  You could even measure the size of each bubble.

Day 3 The students made lava lamps.  Using an empty water bottle fill it 1/3 full of water, the rest is oil and food coloring.  I added 10 drops of food coloring.  We tried to make purple but it was just too dark to really see the bubbles.  The green and red worked the best.  

When they are ready you give them an alka seltzer to put in the bottle and then cap it.  They will see the gas bubbles rise to the top.  I always send them home with an extra alka seltzer to try it at home.

Day 4 Paint Bag Explosions
We put vinegar in ziplock bags with paint.  I also tried some with food coloring.  I liked the paint better.  In a small paper towel I put baking soda and folded them into a little packet.  Outside we put the bags on poster board and added the baking soda packet and sealed the bags.  I had to help with a lot of those because they couldn't close them.

Day 5 Balloon Rockets

Blow up a balloon and hold it closed.  Tape a cut piece of straw to the balloon without letting go.  Have a partner help thread a string through the straw and tape the two ends of the string to places in the room.  Put the balloon at the beginning and let go.  The force of the air (gas) will move the balloon.  The 2nd time they do it they blow it up while connected to the string.

It was a busy and fulfilling week.  They learned a lot and had fun at the same time!  The next week we moved onto sinking and floating.  Gas played a part of this unit too!

Have fun trying these out!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Worms - Our Friends!

Worms - Our Friends

What an exciting day in Science!  The decibel level went up quite a bit.  There was laughter, giggles, grosses, fear and screaming!

This year I used Red Worms because they are better for composting but Earthworms are really long and exciting to observe.  Maybe next year I'll be daring and do both with a compare and contrast!!

 Check out the video to see why she has this awesome expression on her face!!

I spoke with a retired science teacher and he thought maybe the temperature change had something to do with the dancing!
After things calmed down we measured the worm length in inches and centimeters.  All but one student picked up the worms. Her partner helped her out!!
We discussed how worms are animals and they need to be treated respectfully!  No dropping or throwing the worms and definitely not pulling them!  In 23 years of doing this I never had a fatality until this year! I was so sad! 

  She's not so sure about this critter!  She did touch it a little!

I use an old fish take to make a temporary worm habitat.  We tore up newspaper into strips and dunked them in water and wiped off the excess water so it wasn't too wet.  We don't want the worms to drown.  After a few layers of paper I added a cup of soil.  Make sure you don't get soil with fertilizer in it.  Periodically, add some food.  Banana peel or egg shells.  Make sure that all food is covered so it doesn't mold.  

During class I let the kids look at it and see the tunnels that they are making.  I cover it with a brown paper bag because worms like it dark. If I add more food I carefully lift up a layer and cover it back down.

Keep the top moist with a spray bottle but not too wet!

Hope you're willing to show the kids that touching worms is ok!  It's a bit gross but the kids absolutely love it!


Book - Wiggling Worms at Work by Wendy Pfeffer
Video - In Our Garden  - How to make a worm habitat

Click on this picture for a previous link where you can pick up my worm recording sheet for free!  Also, check out this worm unit using The Diary of a Worm!

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