Sunday, January 11

matter and heat energy

This past week we learned all about matter and the three types of matter. We also learned what isn't made of matter. We learned that energy does not have mass or take up space. We learned how a solid is turned to a liquid when heat is applied.  Here are some of the books we read.

All of the activities that we did came from this unit.
We talked about how heat changes things by popping popcorn in an air popper. We observed the physical changes happening to the kernels. We recorded our observations with popping the popcorn in our science journals. We got to use all our senses for this one and the kids loved it!

 We made this anchor chart by April Larremore from Chalk Talk. We discussed how the object would change if heat were applied to it.
After reading Sneezy the Snowman we completed this reader's response sheet. They illustrated Sneezy before heat and Sneezy after heat.
 This melted snowman craft was super simple to make. We painted the paper white, let it dry, and then added the snowman pieces.

Our science word wall about heat and matter.
 One of our science anchor charts. The kids added a mini anchor chart to their science journal and illustrated the definition.
We learned lots of big words from all of the non fiction books that we read. We discussed how non fiction books have bold words and a glossary. We made a mini picture glossary of all the new words we learned.

On this foldable I had the kids draw an example of each type of matter.

We recorded all of our new information on heat in this mini book.

On this foldable we wrote the three types of heat and drew an example of each one.

Tuesday, December 23

science tools
Early in September I introduced my students to what is a scientist and the tools a scientist uses. Here are some of the activities we did. All of the activities can be found in my science tools unit. One of our very first entries into our science journal was to illustrate what a scientist does.
Our science word wall
Some great books to read
We completed this bubble map after reading the book What is a scientist?
This science reader is in my unit. We used it to practice reading left to right and tracking words.
For this science journal entry the kids drew the science tool underneath the flap.

Monday, December 8

Leaf Man

For a science lesson we read Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. Earlier in the year we learned about what scientists do? We talked about how scientists observe. We used hand lenses to observe leaves and then recorded our findings. The recording sheet is from Kathryn Warner. Get it here.

Sunday, December 7

needs and wants

We just wrapped up our unit on needs and wants. We discussed the types of homes that people live in all over the world. Then we discussed how people get what they want or need.
We read Houses and Homes by Ann Morris and completed the reader's response sheet.
Then we read A House Is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman and completed the reader's response craftivity.
 All of the activities can be found here.

Wednesday, November 26

community helpers and apples

During the month of October we learned all about community helpers with a little help from Kim Adsit and Chalk Talk.

I found these adorable mini clipboards in the Target dollar spot. Perfect for write the room recording sheets.  Then we moved on to some apple fun. All of the fun ideas below came from April Larremore over at Chalk Talk.

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy!
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