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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!

Resources

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!



Monday, May 2, 2016

Life is Crazy!

Isn't it crazy how life can get away from you!

  • Third child is graduating from 8th grade and had to get a dress and shoes.  Of course I still need to make appointments for her hair and our mother/daughter pedicures!
  • Confirmations 
  • Planning 2 birthday parties!
  • Mother's Day Gifts!
  • Teacher Appreciation Gifts!
Then whammo my son has emergency surgery today for his shunt for his hydrocephalus! What do I do with the other 4 kids! Sub plans! Dinner.... and what.... there's a TpT sale!!!  I had no idea!!

Back to the surgery!  He had his surgery performed by the chief of staff at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin!  A fantastic facility!  Everything went perfect with his surgery and amazingly he should be coming home tomorrow!!  They even said he could go back to school for a half-day on Thursday and Friday!  I can't believe he could do that after cutting into his brain!!!

So who's up for a sale!  (Honestly... I could use a beverage too!)


If you want to stock up on anything, especially, for next year...stop on by! 
I found out I'm teaching 2nd grade again so I'm looking forward to shopping while my son sleeps!!

Have a blessed week!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mr. Potato Head Pieces



One of my favorite activities to do in the spring is plant seeds with the kids.  They are just amazed as to what they can do with a little seed and some water.  I like to use grass seed. I get such a kick out of their faces when they see the grass growing so quickly.  Plus, when they have the Mr. Potato Head pieces on the cup they look so cute!  Before you know it... it's time for a haircut!






 





Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Circus Field Trip and Circus Writing Prompt Freebie

We had a blast at the circus!  It's been a few years since I had been there!  I thought all the acts were well done and tasteful!

My son is in 2nd grade this year so I'm pretty lucky to be on the field trip with him!





You can give students a choice or just give the class one of the prompts after you come back from your field trip. Click on picture.
   


This photo was saved to Pinterest without the link to the blog that posted it.  Utilizing this folding we made the circus tents and drew our favorite parts on a piece of white paper and glued it to the inside of the tent!




To make the scalloped toppers fold a piece of 18x9 construction paper in half the hotdog way and cut the scallop.When hanging them use a tack in two places half-way down the inside and the tack will hold up the top half to look dimensional.






Monday, April 4, 2016

The Frog Principal

Are you thinking of doing all those fun spring projects like flowers, butterflies and frogs!  Well, it's snowing in Wisconsin!  Maybe if we start our spring projects the snow will go away!


The Frog Principal by Stephanie Calmenson is an adorable story about a principal who gets turned into a frog and his crazy adventures!  Pick up these vocabulary and comprehension sheets to go along with this wonderful read aloud.

You could enlarge this on the interactive whiteboard and do this as a whole group, work in partners or even have each child complete their own!

I have been focusing on increasing student vocabulary.  This sheet can used as a dictionary activity where they look up the meaning of each word or students could draw a picture and use the word in a sentence.

This is an addition game using numbers 0 through 20. Depending on the numbers chosen it could be single digit addition or double digit addition.  Click here to get this fun freebie.

If you're interested in blog hopping over to a previous post on my life cycle unit for a frog and more click on the picture!
Thanks for hopping by!



Friday, February 26, 2016

Dr. Seuss Unit

Dr. Seuss Week was one of my favorite weeks to teach when I was teaching first grade.  The kids absolutely love the books!  Now I'm teaching 2nd and because it's such a large unit for first grade I won't be focusing on it this much this year!  Boo hoo!

Pick up my Dr. Seuss Unit for free - over 134 pages!!  It includes centers, writing and so much more!  So many goodies for FREE!  Click on the cover to download this from Google Docs.
Have a fantastic Read Across America Week!  













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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Toothpick Tower Challenge! Freebie Recording Sheets



Added some engineering to our day!  What fun they had and it was great listening in on their reasoning on how to build the tallest tower in the class!


Each partnership was given a packet to follow to complete the challenge.
We started by watching a few youtube videos.

These are not in the download.


The students got out their Chrome books and followed the links I provided them on the Classroom drive.  This made sure they were not browsing and finding something inappropriate.




They wrote and drew their plan! Super duper thinking going on here!!



Time to get our supplies and start building!






Decided on 2 toothpicks to give it strength!


 Tallest tower made by Penny, Varnell and Elijah!!

Thanks for reading all the way to the end!  Have fun building your towers!

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