Saturday, June 1, 2013

Five for Friday: Mother's Day, Pumpkins, Frogs, Mad Science and Bubbles!

Wow!  May was busy in 27!  I'm linking up with Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching for a Five for Friday End of May Recap session.

1. I loved how our Mother's Day gifts turned out!  The kids did a really nice job and were very proud of their gifts.  I combined a few ideas from Pinterest.  First I created a little simile fill-in-the-blank.  We brainstormed ideas and the kids chose what worked best for their mom.  Next, I took pictures of all the kids.  Some just smiled and others made mom a heart.  Then I matted the pictures and simile sheets to construction paper.  Last each student got to choose a piece of scrapbook paper (12" x 12" books were on sale for $2.50 for 12 sheets...perfect!).  They glued the picture and paper onto the scrapbook paper and we were done!  We did the project in two short stints over two days (so I had time print pictures and mat).

{My mom is as pretty as a Barbie.  My mom is as smart as a scientist.  My mom is as sweet as a cupcake.  My mom is as cool as a rock star.  My mom is as kind as a Magic School Bus.}  
I didn't get the last one, but she was confident. ;)

2. Our pumpkin is still growing!  It put out about 6 beautiful flowers a few weeks ago and it is starting to take over the garden box.  The kids love checking on it when we go to the library or Music.  I don't live far from school so I will *try* to keep it watered this summer.  I would absolutely love for the kids to come back in August to see pumpkins growing on the vines.  We're keeping our fingers crossed!

3. During Teacher Appreciation Week I purchased Spring Direct Drawing Activities from Doodle Bugs Teaching.  I want more!  We drew the frogs one day last week and the kids were so engaged.  Everyone tried their best and we made it through the entire project with no tantrums or tears!  Yes, I teach 1st grade, but we can have some emotional issues when frustrated.  All the frogs are so different and have so much character!  I don't recall saying, "Step 7, draw teeth," but I must have because two frogs have prominent teeth.  Hilarious!  All the kids were really proud of their drawing, really took their time and proved they can listen and follow directions. Ha!

4. Last week our school had our annual Mad Science Day.  That day different classes within the grade level switch and teach each other a science project or experiment.  The idea is to get kids involved in science and scientific thinking.  I love Mad Science Day.  It is crazy and exhausting and fun!  A few days before we tested and learned our experiments.  I scoured Pinterest and my favorite blogs for new, fun science experiments and landed at 2nd Grade Shenanigans and the awesomeness that is Hope King.  I would have gladly bought a bird beak unit from her, but I couldn't find one.  I made up my own.

We used tweezers to pick out rice from dirt like a mockingbird, used a pasta scoop to catch Froot Loop fish like a pelican and used tongs to catch flying popcorn insects like a sparrow.  To even it up to 4 centers I added a computer station where the kids watch a YouTube video of a local type of bird using it's beak.  They watched mockingbirds, cardinals, robins, ospreys, pelicans and hummingbirds.  It was very fun and very easy (on me).  The kids did a phenomenal job explaining the centers and how the utensils represented different bird beaks.  I will definitely do this again!

5. Finally, our bubble bulletin board with the super cute bubble brains craft.  This craft is part of my Bubbles unit.  The kids still yell out every time they see bubbles.  I love it.  The students wrote their favorite bubble fact on the bigger gray bubbles.  I'll be sad to see this bulletin board taken down.  But not too sad, because we only have 4 1/2 more days of school!  Wahoo!

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