Sunday, February 8

a circus themed science fair

Remember this post all about matter and heat energy? For science fair we put on an expo to show off all of the things we learned about heat energy. I sent this note home with the kids in their PIRATE binder.
With the help of classroom parents we did five heat experiments in the classroom. All circus themed!
1. popping popcorn in an air popper
2. melting chocolate
3. melting caramel
4. making cotton candy
5. making ice cream with liquid nitrogen
The kids in my classroom and parents dressed up too. We had the cutest little tight rope walkers, lions, and clowns. I dressed up like a circus ring leader.
You needed a ticket to enter the circus. To earn a ticket you had to answer a science question. Then you got a recording sheet, pencil, and a clipboard. If you already bought my All About Heat Unit I just added this recording sheet and the questions.
Here are the tables for the experiments.

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.
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