Sunday, March 29, 2015

Water Walk Experiment FREEBIE and Bumblebees Close Read

I love bringing science into my classroom and this was an activity that I originally saw over at Coffee Cups and Crayons.  I used this activity to explain capillary action (Capillary action is the process that plants use to pull water up from the ground.)  I begin the activity by asking my students if they think I could make water move from one cup to the other, without touching them (I have the three cups on the table, with water in two of them).  Most students said no, but of course I  also had a couple of yes answers with some crazy explanations (like "magic").  
Let the experiment begin.

Method:

Fill two cups with water.  Add blue coloring to one, yellow to the other.  Place an empty cup in the middle and roll up two paper towels, dipping one end into each cup and the other ends into the empty cup (as seen in the drawing below).  Ask for predictions.  Have students fill out the first box on the recording page. Wait about 30 minutes and you will see the water "climb" over the paper towel and into the empty cup.  The colors mix and create green (a little art bonus)!  Make sure to explain that the coloring has no effect on the experiment, they are merely used to "show" the water as it "walks."
Get your Water Walk FREEBIE {HERE}

After the experiment, some of the kids got into a discussion about whether paper would soak up water the same way as the paper towel did.  Of course, this was something we could easily test:
They learned that although the paper did soak up some of the water, it was not nearly as much as the paper towels (Paper towels are permeable and porous, meaning that they contain small spaces that both liquid and air may pass through.) The picture above was after it sat over night.  There are some great videos on You Tube that demonstrate this activity and some variations with more cups on Pinterest that are amazing!
We also learned about Bumblebees this week and even went outside to see if we could see any...no luck!  But my kids learned SO much and although honey bees are the ones that make honey, bumblebees are still pretty interesting! You can see my Bumblebee Close Read {HERE}

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 AND YES, THIS IS IN THE WORKS:
 It may take me forever to finish (let's hope not!) but there will be a directed drawing activity for each week in school.  Does that sound like something you might be interested in?  Hope so!

And to celebrate spring, I'm having a sale!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bunny and Bird Directed Drawing Video Tutorials with FREEBIES

My kids have been been really into directed drawings. I love to do them, too, so it's worked out well! But I know form a lot of the comments I have gotten, there are people out there that struggle with drawing, so for those people, this post is for you!
Introducing Bunny and Bird!
Find it {HERE} on TpT!
I love watching my students as they draw and add details!
If you need a video, I got one for you!
This one turned out a little more like a mouse, but it is still adorable!
Find the Bird Directed Drawing {HERE} on TpT!
And the video for it:
I also finished my latest Bumblebee Close Read!
You can find it {HERE}.   I will be sharing more about it later this week!
This is my Jack's bunny, drawing and following directions are a struggle for him, but I still think it's the cutest bunny around!
Hope you can will be able to use my latest creations!  

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Rock Unit that ROCKS!

We are getting ready to start our Rock Unit and let me tell you, this is one unit that truly does ROCK!
You can find the pack {here} if you'd like to see more!
We'll make Rockin' Books!
And have a take home project to collect a rock...analyze it and describe it.
And of course I have to have a craft, right?
In class projects to add hands-on learning to our rock exploration:

Crystal experiment:
Research, research, and more research!
Books for our study:
This is the rock collection I got for our rock explorations:
Want it?  Need it?
Leave a comment and I will choose a ROCKin' teacher to win it!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Leprechaun Directed Drawing {FREEBIE} and Video Tutorial

St. Patrick's Day is coming up and to celebrate we do a fun, quick activity each year:
A Leprechaun Direct Drawing!
 Click {HERE} to get your copy of the drawing directions!  For me, many times I don't even tell my students what we are drawing, I just give them the paper and start drawing each part on the board.  They get excited trying to guess what it will be =)  
I even did another video tutorial for the drawing challenged:
If it looks fuzzy, open it in another window (it shouldn't look fuzzy!!) =)
This guy looks like he's down in the downy dumps, which is the fun thing about directed drawings.  Yes, they are directed, but kids have the freedom and ownership to change to create their own version.   You'll see my students using the techniques I've taught them to draw other things!
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And if you are looking for a craft with a writing activity, check out my St. Patrick's Day Themed GLYPH Pack {HERE}  
It's 71 pages and filled with thematic fun for your St Paddy's Celebration!
And it's on SALE! 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Joy Cowley Giveaways! We {LOVE} Mrs. Wishy-Washy!!

If you are like me, you love Joy Cowley...I mean, who doesn't love Mrs. Wishy-Washy?
Recently I reviewed a set of books by Hameray Publishing...I put them out and let my kids choose which one they wanted to read.
The books are high interest and even have the word count on the back cover!  My students especially loved the books for pets!  They were tickled to hear the advice given to cats, parrots, and dogs on how to behave and be the best pets ever!
It's time for the annual Joy Cowley Giveaway...and it's a GREAT one this year!
Click {HERE} to enter the Hameray Publishing Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway, in which one lucky grand-prize winner receives a classroom package of Joy’s stories, which include the newest adventures of cherished characters Mrs. Wishy-Washy, the Hungry Giant, the Meanies, and others. This year’s package includes ninety leveled readers, nineteen big books, a set of finger puppets, and more, with a prize total valuing at $1,000!

And for my part, I am giving away a Joy Cowley Big Book! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
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I also have a Mrs Wishy-Washy  FREEBIE that supplements my favorite Mrs Wishy-Washy book. Click {HERE} for it.
Be sure to visit the Main Giveaway page {HERE} and enter to win!