Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Apple Sorting and apple experiment

Here's a center for sorting short i words. It's part of my October literacy menu.



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Here's a printable for a science experiment if you are doing an apple unit. Students use the scientific method to figure out how to keep an apple slice fresh longer (it's a twist to the ol' lemon juice on an apple slice experiment). Click here to download. 



Tuesday, September 13, 2011

M&M/Skittles Math

To get kids excited about math, here is a little activity for the first few weeks. I used to do math with M&M's but then changed to Skittles because of food allergies one year. Take your pick (they are the same).  :) We go through this step by step so the kids know what to do. They LOVE it! CLick on the picture to download.


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Monday, September 12, 2011

Living or Nonliving

To kick off science, we do a living and nonliving mini-unit. It's a good lead-in to our apple unit coming up.  Here are two activities that the kids really enjoy:

1. Searching for living and nonliving items on the playground.

We're always looking for an excuse to do science outside, especially while the weather is so nice! We do this activity after we've already read about living and nonliving things and learned a cute little song (by someone named Carol Ogden) to help us remember how to identify living vs. nonliving.



You can download this activity with directions here.

2. Living or nonliving experiment:
I did not create this experiment, but I did make the worksheet to go with it. This experiment is from our science program. I made the worksheet to go along with it to reinforce the scientific method.



Call students over in small groups to observe mealworms in a container with bran meal and some rocks. They really enjoy using magnifying glasses to really look closely at the worms. As they observe, they need to ask themselves if the mealworms and rocks are living. They use what they've already learned about living vs. nonliving to help them decide.

To see more from my Living and nonliving unit, click here.