Saturday, January 21, 2017

Fitting Science into EVERY DAY....

I'm not sure where all my  FAB FOLLOWERS live, but here in Ohio our winters can get pretty chilly! We've been having a warm streak lately (I'm about to get out the suntan lotion!) but usually we have lots of snow and ice.  So that's the time to get out the "Frosty Winter Weather" unit and learn all about water changes!




I don't know about you, but I sure have a hard time fitting Science into my day.  There are so many other things to teach and sometimes Science and Social Studies are the first to go.  But I don't like that because, it's the most fun!!! So I have found a way to combine my Science with my Writing.....and now I teach it every day 💜 

I like to choose a Science topic relative to the season or holiday and combine it with my Writing units.  My fab firsties l❤️ve learning about real life and reading non fiction titles.  For this unit, I wrote my own book about "Frosty Winter Weather - How Water Changes in Winter".  It's one of our Science standards and what better time to teach this standard than when you are staring out the window at a bunch of frozen water!! 
After reading all about how water changes, we worked together to create a web, that we would later use to help us write our reports.  We shared the pen in "interactive writing" to create our web. 


The firsties got busy creating their own webs and then the children used this information to help them write a report about how water changes.  We have been working on reports for a while and my fab firsties are beginning to remember that all reports should have: Title, Opening Sentence, 1-3 Facts and a Closing Sentence.  I used my "Frosty Winter Weather" unit, which contains some great writing templates that are kid friendly, easy to use, differentiated and ......wait for it...... have a BUILT IN RUBRIC for easy grading!! Ahhhhh.....can you hear the angels singing? 😇  I mean, seriously,  these writing templates have changed my life.  You can read more about them here. 


What I love so much is that these templates are differentiated so every child can write a report, but they are working at their own level and my lesson is meeting their needs.  Plus, the grading rubric (which is SUPER KID FRIENDLY AND TEACHER FRIENDLY) is built right into the template.  

After writing their reports, we read the book "Snowflake Bentley" about the first man to photograph snowflakes.  I found some photos of real snowflakes online and the kids loved looking at them.  You can hear them "ooohing" and "ahhhing" in the video below.  We decided to make our own snowflakes. 



If you are a follower of my blog, you know I'm not a big fan of patterns (although I do use them on occasion) and so for this little project I gave my firsties a 9x9 square piece of blue construction paper and a small white hexagon.  We glued this to the middle of the paper and then glued 6 Q tips to the points of the hexagon.  After that, the kiddos went crazy making their own unique and individual snowflakes.  The only rule.....they needed to be symmetrical.....just like real snowflakes.  I gave them trays of all kinds of little silver and white crafty stuff (pipe cleaners, twist ties, foil, silver fabric, beads, etc.) THEY LOVED THIS PROJECT! And I think everything turned out quite beautiful.  





                                      


As a little bonus, we decided to do a little science project (not included in the mini unit) to see what makes water melt the fastest - salt, flour, hot water or cold water......which do you think did the job???




We had a great couple of days learning about water changes.  If you'd like to use this little mini unit in your classroom, you can take a closer look at it here.


Well friends....that's about it for tonight.  I have a couple of shows on my dvr that are calling my name ("This Is Us" anyone???).  I'd love to know if you are following me here at Firstieland or on TPT.  So it's time for a follower exclusive.  Send me an email letting me know that you follow me and I'll send you a FREE product!! Yes, you heard that right.  You get a free product just for following me. It's my way of saying thanks for helping me build my blog and business.  Please send your email to: firstieland@gmail.com

Hope everyone has a great week ahead and check back often because there's always something fun happening in....

Firstieland 🍭


6 comments:

  1. This looks like an awesome unit! Love the science experiment :)

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  2. It can be so hard to squeeze in science and social studies when there's so much to teach in math and ELA...thanks for making it easier with this integrated set! I love the snowflakes!

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  3. Wow! There are so many great ideas in here. It is very important to teach them science at this age. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Thanks. It is a great post with amazing lesson plans in it. FUN!

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