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Science Observation Lesson

Science

One of the skills that we work on in science is making observations.  We started off our lesson by watching a Brainpop Jr. video on observations.  Then, I told the students that I had a mystery item in my bag.  They would have to make observations and try to figure out clues just by listening, looking, feeling the bag, etc.  They were so excited! The element of mystery and surprise is always good for engagement.

The first day I put a few keys in the bag.  I made up three bags the same way and passed them around to students on the carpet. The bags were stapled shut so they were not able to try to sneak a peek.  They shook the bags, felt the bags, and looked at the bags.  After I passed the bags around students went back to their seat and start writing their observations in their science journal. They also made a guess of what they thought it was.  Afterwards we came back down to the carpet and discussed their guesses.  Then I unveiled the hidden item!  This worked so well I did it again the next day. This time I put clay in a bag.  This item worked well too.  Funny enough for how simple the actual lesson and prep was they ask to do this activity often!

 



Holiday Activities for the Classroom

Holidays, Math, Reading, Science, Writing

I know how crazy the last few days/week before winter break can be. We are entering crazy times teachers and we need to have as many fun, educational activities in our back pocket ready to go as we can.

So, here are a few things I will be using with my class this week….

Christmas Writing Prompts – This is a FREEBIE in my TPT Store.  It includes two writing prompts that are focused on personal narratives.  Great way to incorporate writing into the holiday excitement.

Candy Cane Science Lab – I did this activity with my class last year and will be starting it this week. We’ve been learning about lab reports during Writing Workshop and this is a fun science experiment to do this time of year. Check out my blog post on it….here

Olive, the Other Reindeer Book Study – This is a cute story and my students love hearing it every year.  This book study is now in my TPT Store. It includes comprehension questions and four different writing prompts. This could be used whole group or as a small group activity.

Christmas Story Problems – We will be starting these today.  I love using holiday story problems as one of my rotations during our daily math time.  The kids love that they are themed and fitting of the season.  The Christmas Story Problems include addition and subtraction problems with and without regrouping.

Winter Story Problems – I will actually be using these when we return to school in January, but if your school focuses on winter instead of the specific holidays – these story problems would be great. These can be used whole group, small group, or at a math center.  These winter themed problems focus on ice skating, hot chocolate, snowmen, etc.  Includes addition and subtraction problems.

Hope these activities and ideas help with the last bit of school before break. I’m down to 7.5 days left with students. We can do it teachers!

10 Pin Linky Party – Social Studies and Science Ideas

Pinterest, Science, Social Studies

I’ve linked up with Ashley Reed over at Just Reed and joined in on her 10 Pin Linky Party. Check out her site for more info. 

 
Below are my Ten Favorite Science and Social Studies Pinterest Pins:
 
 
1. I love The Cloud Book as a way to talk about different clouds and Fun in First Grade has wonderful activities and ideas for teaching weather.
 
 
 
2. Rain Experiment – using a clear cup, water, shaving cream, and food coloring. First, fill the cup with water and put shaving cream on the top. Then, squirt some drops of food coloring in and see how it moves through the cloud and as it gets heavier it looks like rain.
 
 
 
3. Love this flip book to show the phases of the moon.
 
 
4. Love the science book lists on this site. Great way to tie in informational text with science experiments and lessons.
 
 
5. Science Notebook – Love that kids can record thoughts and predictions while working on experiments.
 
 
6. Cute social studies book to talk about geography and the United States.
 
 
7.  I use this page every President’s Day. I love seeing the different answers the kiddos give for what they would do if they were President of the United States.
 







 
8. Cute voting activities at this site. Great books and activities to introduce and explain Election Day.
 
 
9. Constitution Day Lessons at kid level.
 
 
10. Me on the Map – I love using this book to introduce maps and Clutter-Free Classroom has great ideas and activities that go with the book.
 
 
 Hope you enjoy these links and great ideas from Pinterest!