Learning that seeds can move, without having legs to get around, is fascinating for young children. I like to open with questions, “Can seeds move? But why do you think that? But how can they move if they don’t have legs? … Continue reading
For Earth Day we made seed hearts. The ingredients were: 1 part soil 1 part clay 1 part water and A sprinkle of seeds We used Hollyhock seeds. It was me and a classroom of 20 children – muddy, messy children – … Continue reading
We love using Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom! to integrate our beginning of the year learning as we are focused on letters and sounds, numbers and counting, and our 5 senses. Our students LOVE the rhythm and rhyme of the story and … Continue reading
Every year that I’ve been creating curriculum packets, I learn more, which is wonderful, it makes me a better teacher, but then it also compels me to go back through curriculum that I have out there and make changes. I aspire to be as good as some of the amazing teachers out there blogging, creating, and working as teachers.
Summer has started, and I’ve dived back into some of the packets that I’ve been wanting to update. I’ve finished the Goldfish and Worm packet… for this year at least! I love science and so this has been at the top of my list for some time now 🙂
I’ve updated the look, expanded the ‘big’ questions that you can explore with your class, and created some fact pages that you can make into a book and use as a guide as you and your students go through the units.
Clipart generally becomes one of the biggest challenges to creating curriculum for me. I’ve learned how to make my own drawings, scan them, and photoshop them as a supplement. My daughter actually made most of the art for both of these packets, which as awesome. Below is her beautiful goldfish.
I still a beginner with photoshop, so I am sure as I continue to work with it, as with anything, I’ll get better, learn new tricks, and then find myself back in older documents, updating my work. I tend to do best with scientific drawings, though they can be somewhat rudimentary. I am live in a house full of artists, so I am hoping, as with blogging, I’ll get better as I go, develop a personal style that I feel comfortable with, and learn all the tools I need to make work I am proud of and that other teachers enjoy.
The kids art, of course, is always my most favorite.
When my daughter was little we raised chickens. One day we made this book together. Now I read it to my class when we learn about oviparous animals. In 2007 she was 10 years old. Now she is 18 and … Continue reading
x Our amazing Nurse Ellie on campus became our garden steward- planting and tending to all the gardens in our courtyard. She made our campus so beautiful and full of life. The kinders and I walked by this sunflower every … Continue reading
Take your students into the garden, explore and learn with seeds! Today my son and I went on a walk through the neighborhood, looking for native seeds to harvest. We’ve had so much rain lately, flowers are blooming everywhere. Next, … Continue reading
First, I put up a few images of apples from Discovery Education. There was a picture of an apple tree, a few different kinds of apples, and two apples that had been cut open. We brainstormed all the things we … Continue reading
Most of the class thought it would. After our predictions were recorded, we did our test!
The kids drew our results for their notebooks. It was a fun little experiment!
Click on the image to see it at TpT!
We’ve started our science note booking!
We started with the idea that scientists make observations and ask questions.
I used their questions page to make a class book.
Some questions where, “Why do rainbows have so many colors? Why is the sky so close? Why are pancakes flat?”
Our first page in our notebooks is our calendar.
We use these to practice writing numbers, but also to help organize our units.
We will add a self portrait each month. It documents our growth over time. The kids are always amazed to compare their first self portrait to their final one. We usually add details related to our themes, so each child added our kindergarten garden beds into their portrait. We talked about our beds and all that we would be growing this year.
Then we started our coconut unit making observations and asking questions. After we passed around our coconuts, every student came up with a different question. I wrote each child’s question and they illustrated their page for their notebook.
The next day we focused in on one question.
As you can see, most of the class suspects that coconuts do have seeds inside.
We haven’t tested yet, to see if they do, but that is coming later.
Today, we used our sense of touch to describe how coconuts feel.
The coconut pages can be found in my chicka, chicka unit, if you are interested. Click on the image below to view it. I haven’t gotten my other science stuff organized yet, I am making it up as we go right now.