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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Be Free Mr Worm! { Freebie Update}

Hiya there Peeps

Shuna here

If you have been reading you know that we had tons of wormy fun last week but we never did get around to freeing the worms...until today!

We are already deep into our plant unit so we figured it was time to say goodbye to our slimy friends!

The worms didn't want to be set free

It took us a while to find them

Bye little worm

It has been fun!

Anyhoo

Today I had a light bulb moment

You know when you see an idea and it is so simple that you think, "Hey why didn't I think of that!"

Well I had one of those moments today. I have somewhat of a small room with limited space so I am always on a mission to fight the clutter

Especially during center time

With all of the center material, anchor charts I can statements and teacher models 

the paper can take over quick! So here is a simple idea to reduce all the paper and it involves a 3 ring binder.

I use tubs and bins for my math and literacy stations but when I do science stations I am really struggling with where to put the materials for science centers. So the idea that my teaching partner had was to use binders with the clear covering. 

Viola! 
Inside the front cover are the teacher models so the students know what to do in each station

BTW 

She did the whole sheet as a model

I won't do that 

I would do a few so that the kiddos get the gist and actually work by themselves instead of just copying


Inside the binders I would put the recording sheets and a pencil pouch that could hold the scissors, glue sticks, pencils and markers that they would need.


The seed planting station


Isn't that a cool idea?

Well at least I thought so!

So much easier for me to get my science stations going

and this could translate to other centers as well

The sky is the limit

--Chirp--

Remember my book order post from here 

I have a ton of book order forms left over each month and the teacher in me knew that it was such a waste just to throw all those books in the trash

So I came up with an idea that would put those book order forms to use

It was a genius idea if I do say so myself

and this little diddy was birthed!


At the time I thought this was the cutest thing ever

Seriously 

Now that I look at it I cringe 

Every freaking time

It was driving me nuts

Nuts I tell ya

So today someone downloaded it and left some positive feedback and that was the last straw!

The ugliness has got to go

So long story short

I updated the file



Much better
Click below to pick it up



Okay that is all for now

Peace Out Peeps




Sunday, April 14, 2013

Worms Have Invaded Our Room

Hiya there peeps

Shuna here

We just finished up our study of worms and boy was it fun!

I did this theme last year for the first time and the kiddos went nuts 

so I knew I had to do it again this year! Click here to check out my kiddos last year

I started the day by showing the kiddos a box and they had to predict what we were going to study this week

Since we just finished our oviparous unit I got things like ladybugs, eggs, and caterpillars!

We talked about some things that can't be in the box and some things that could

The kiddos then went back to their seat and filled in their prediction sheet



My plan was  that after I showed them what was in the box we were going to have a little snack

I know everyone has seen the jello worms and I thought they were a super cool idea

So I went out and bought all the stuff I needed to make the worms/dirt pudding


For some reason I was under the impression that when making jello worms it would be just like making jello!

I didn't read the directions

well because

I don't need know stinkin' directions to make jello

So what happen was an

Turns out I did need to actually read them because obviously I had no clue what I was doing!

This turned into a big watery mess!

Do not add cold water

I repeat do not all cold water

Read the directions

Moving on

I let the kiddos explore the worms for a minute then we did some animal experiments


We wanted to see if worms liked damp areas or dry areas so we did a little experiment and recorded our results!

The worms were a big hit with all but one little sweetie

She was not having the worms at all!

So I really wanted to try those darn worms again

I made sure to read the directions this time!

Who would have thunk it

Reading solved the problem that was the watery, disastrous worms!


I'd say they were a big hit!

 Click here to see the directions I used

We then build our very own worm hotel!

When we came back the next day

One of my partner teachers sent me this


After I stopped laughing I went to check on mine

They were still kicking

So we figured out the massive deaths were contributed to the sand being too dry!

If you create a hotel for worms use the sand sparsely and make sure to spritz each layer

Some of the worms were resuscitated and made it to the end of the week

No need to send P.E.T.A. looking for us

Here are a few extra pics from our week

The kiddos observed what happened in the worm hotel over the course of the week




On Friday we wrapped up our week

With some dirt pudding



Whew that was such a fun week

If you would like to study worms with your class

You can check out my Wormy Worms pack

Click below



We also watched two vids on worms

This Dragonfly TV Video


and this one from youtube




Peace Out Peeps

Have a blessed week


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Saturday, April 13, 2013

What's Sprouting?

Hiya there peeps

Shuna here

I am just stopping by to post about my newest pack

I love teaching science

I mean it is the best thig ever

I love seeing the kiddos explore and discover new things

I was a talker in school

and science was the only subject I would shut my trap in

because I didn't want to miss anything


We don't have a lot of time to teach science so I wanted something that just focused on the skill 

Check it out below






Peace Out Peeps



Friday, April 5, 2013

Oviparous Week!

Hiya there peepers

Shuna here


This week has been awesome

We watched the Reading Rainbow Videos

It was really cool because the kiddos got to see a real chick and turtle hatch.

Last year we hatched eggs and they stunk 

to high heaven

so I knew that I didn't want to got that route again

Here is the vid that we watched


Here is a quick peep at our week

First we started off talking about what oviparous animals are and how to say the word

The kiddos were a mess the first day trying to figure out that word

After I told the kiddos what oviparous means I asked them to think of some other animals that lay eggs

I got everything for Zebras to dragons!

Oy

For Pete's sake 

Boy did we have a ways to go

Anyhoo after I showed them some pictures they did a bit better

The kiddos then went and drew a picture of their favorite oviparous animals

How cute is this

The little ostrich is my favorite!


The kiddos then got to practice how how it is and how long it takes for an animal mom to build a nest
After the kiddos built their nest they put their baby egg in the nest

The kiddos had to take care of their egg for a whole week
Check out some of their cute journal writings



Presh

We talked about how snails eat their eggs once they hatch

This little baby is "hatching" a snail and she said hers was special because it didn't eat its egg!



We also sorted oviparous animals

You can find the above printables and more here 

We also watched some cool videos on BBC

Be careful though and make sure you preview first

The fish one was a little much!


Whew

that was such a fun week

and this isn't even half of what we did! I left my camera at school so I will post out other adventures sometime next week

Next week we will be doing Worms!

Anyhoo 

I have a little freebie for you that you may want to check out


Peace Out Peeps

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Best Websites for the Littles

Hiya there Peeps

Shuna here

Are you always on the lookout for fun and cool websites for the littles

Check out some of my favorite websites for little peeps

First up is Gus and Inky

Have you heard about them

It is a cool interactive movie that is educational

There are 3 or 4 videos

I can't remember

anyhoo

The videos go from easy to harder and they focus on beginning sounds all the way to working with compound words



Moving on

Professor Garfield is another one of my all time favorite websites for the kiddos to use during computer station


I love Orson's Farm and Fishing for Phonics

Sheppard Software is a great site for beginning phonics skills 


and GREAT for math skills such as place value and addition and subtraction


While we are on the topic of math

Fun4theBrain has some cool addition and subtraction games also


Abcya! is always a great fall back plan


Cookie is another site that I use frequently

It is very beginning level 

so it is perfect for my littles that are not where they should be


My last favorite is BBC

The kiddos always get laugh out of these because of the British accent!



When you go to the site click on the two fields to find the games

Links to Other Websites


The last site is a collection of  websites that are organized by grade and skill

Internet4Classrooms is a great site to find games and activities for a plethora of skills

I am linking up with Tessa from Tales for Outside the Classroom

Hop on over to find more fab websites


That is all for now

Peace Out Peeps



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