Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Water Cycle

I love when our curriculum gives us a science-based unit. My kids LOVE science experiments! We did two today:
1. A "cloud" of shaving cream over a cup of water - making it "rain" by pouring food coloring onto the cloud. When a cloud gets too heavy with its contents, it rains! (We made too big of a cloud, and ran out of blue food coloring to compensate, so we added some red into the mix and eventually got a great rainstorm!)

2. As water in the air rises --> evaporation, it cools --> condensation, and falls --> precipitation. We put warm water in a glass jar and placed ice cubes on the cover. As the steam rose, it cooled and formed water droplets. This one was a little difficult to see as the condensation also formed on the walls of the glass - so we lifted the lid to see the rain!

We've been reading the following books to learn about the water cycle:

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day gifts

Happy Mother's Day! I spent the day yesterday with my absolutely wonderful mom. To illustrate how wonderful she is, when I arrived at her house yesterday, she gave me a care package for my classroom staff and me! She said she felt bad that she can't help with our student in crisis, so she figured we could at least use some chocolate. (Could we!) We are now in business with caramel brownies, cookie bars, etc. Love my mom.

For Mother's Day gifts in our classroom, we took our kids out to the lawn in front of school for a Mother's Day photoshoot, and made the photos into cards for moms. The kids each held a whiteboard with the text "I love you, Mom! Happy Mother's Day!" in their pictures. They turned out so fabulously! I wish I could actually show you how great these photos turned out. I have a group of really photogenic kiddos! I'm sure moms will love the cards.

We also made Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub as gifts. This was something really simple that all my kids could do independently (measure, pour and mix) - and it was different than our usual crafty gift. Hopefully their moms enjoy a bit of pampering!

I neglected to take photos of the kids making the scrub (they each made an individual batch) - they were so proud!

The basic recipe for Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub was 2 parts sugar to 1 part oil (vegetable or olive) - and we added just enough lemon juice to add a refreshing scent. Super easy!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Teacher Appreciation, Sale, New Product, Literature Studies...

Happy Teacher Appreciation, everyone! I am so, so very appreciative of all the teachers in my life! Those who taught me as a child, those who taught me to be a teacher, those who have mentored me, my fabulous colleagues...and of course all of you wonderful teacher-bloggers! Thank you.

I'm so, so late in telling everyone I'm participating in TPT's Teacher Appreciation Sale -- but I am. My store is 20% off throughout TPT's sale (so, for the rest of today), and since I'm late in announcing this, my store will remain 20% off tomorrow, too. Happy shopping!

Also, I added a new Literature Study Packet - for The High-Rise Private Eyes #1: The Case of the Missing Monkey by Cynthia Rylant. It's the same format as my other packets for beginning chapter books (Henry & Mudge, Mercy Watson, Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa). Click the image below to see:

I added this packet to my Beginning Chapter Books Literature Study Packets Bundle, so you can also grab it and the others there. If you've already purchased the bundle, re-download it so you receive this new packet at no additional cost!

Also, if you've already purchased any of my other Literature Study Packets, each of them has been updated to include answer keys for the sequencing and comprehension sections. Check your "My Downloads" page on TPT and re-download to get the answer keys.

I think that's it - coming soon, posting about our Mother's Day gifts, as well as some of the activities we're doing for our water unit.
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