|TEACHING ORDINAL NUMBERS|
Monday, September 30, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
October and corn naturally go together. With that trend in mind, today’s post will be a teaser for the month ahead. On this blog, October will definitely be a month full of treats—no tricks will be seen here.
To get your creative juices flowing, as well as your little ones thinking, I’m posting a quick and easy-to-do sort and match activity based on October-themed manipulatives.
Please check this blog in October for a treat bag full of ideas, printables, giveaways, and more.
Be sure to waddle back in October for MORE manipulative fun.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Short, tall, brown hair, red hair—we all look different in one way or another. Early in life, infants quickly learn to recognize their parents by looking at their faces and hearing their voices. Our differences, both inside and outside, are what make us unique. However, sometimes the differences between us become not only a symbol of our originality but also a misguided opportunity for teasing or ridicule. Adventures at Walnut Grove, by Dana Lehman and Judy Lehman, provides parents and educators a wonderful opportunity to approach the delicate subject of teasing.
Dana Lehman’s series of books based on Walnut Grove can be found on Amazon and her website. Please check out the other exciting stories that take place in Walnut Grove.
Note cards with categories
Crayons, markers, watercolors, or colored pencils
The artwork for the Snabbit and Butterdog were generously created by Ali from Florida.
Time to complete: 30-45 minutes
Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
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GIVEAWAY UPDATE 10-8-2013:
Congrats to the winners of the book and Amazon gift card: Amy, April, and William.
I will post the final winner's name when I receive confirmation from that winner.
Thank you to all of the entrants to this giveaway.
Monday, September 16, 2013
1 cup measuring cup
3 zippered sandwich bags
2 cups dry soil
Monday, September 9, 2013
Now, back to the activity—an efficient way to make ‘rain’ fall on your decomp tub that is paired with a math connection.
Adults and children know that a gallon is bigger than a cup. How many times have your little ones tried to pick up a full gallon of milk only to find out it’s a bit more than they can handle? With that in mind, this quick activity and visual aid can help your ‘rainfall’ days with your decomp tub run more smoothly.
Additional plastic tub the same size as the decomp tub
Containers for liquid volume: cup, pint, quart, gallon
Visual Aid Chart (provided)
|ALL CONTAINERS HOLD 1 PINT|
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Friday, September 6, 2013
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Average words per page: 12
Recommended age range: 4-7
Extra value: breathtaking photography, rich vocabulary, fun subject material.
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Giveaway Update 09/19/13: Congratulations to the winners of Pumpkin Circle and Pumpkin Jack. So far, the winners are:
Katie B., Lynn N., Renee C., and Julie G.
I am awaiting a response from the other winners before posting their names.
Thank you for entering.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
|Butterflies: Nature's Ultimate Example of Symmetry|
Full length mirror
Removable painting tape
Symmetry stick (straw or other straight object that can be used to visually divide a leaf or flower.
Leaves of various shapes
3. Practice standing in various positions with both feet on the floor, keeping his head and arms balanced. Point out that each side of his reflection looks the same.
Ask: Is it easy to stand in one place when you look the same on both sides of the green tape? What do you think will happen if that changes?
4. Have your child raise his foot slightly. Then raise it higher.
Ask: Is it still as easy to stand in one place? Why do you think it takes more work to stand with only one foot?
5. Practice hopping on two feet and hopping on one foot.
Ask: Is it easier to hop on one foot or on two feet? Why?
6. Explain that when objects are balanced (have symmetry), they are able to stand better without falling. The same is true in nature.
2. Use the leaves that were gathered to create leaf prints by placing a leaf under a piece of paper and rubbing with the edge of a crayon. Once the rubbing has been created, use another crayon to draw the line of symmetry.
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Students will make predictions based on their prior knowledge about which items placed in a plastic tub will decompose.
Students will list and describe the conditions necessary for an object to decompose.
Students will gather and interpret data related to weather.
Students will read a grid map to locate and identify objects.
Students will identify and describe various types of soil based on appearance and physical properties.
Words to know: decompose, precipitation (rain, snow, sleet), weather, plastic, paper, metal, glass, measure
String or thin ribbon
Dry soil from the area
Enough gallon size zipper bags to allow one for each student
Various items to place into the tub of dirt of different materials (paper, cardboard, metal, plastic, cloth, glass, etc.)—i.e. trash
Rain gauge or plastic container (if project is conducted inside)
Plastic drop cloth for classroom (if project is conducted inside)
2. Using an awl or drill, add several small drain holes at the bottom of the tub. These will simulate natural drainage of many types of soil.
3. Involve the students in the preparation process:
a. Conduct a guided classroom discussion and collection of objects in your school that are made of various materials. Assign a homework project to bring in 2 small objects—one they predict will decompose and one object they predict will not.
b. Have each student bring in 2 cups of soil from their yard in a sealed plastic bag to place into the decomposition tub. Depending upon the size of tub used, you may need to supplement with soil from your yard. A follow-up activity based on this task will be added later in the year.
2. Sort the items that were brought in by the students by material. If an object is composed of more than one type of material, choose the prominent material for the category.
3. Select the items to be placed into the tub. This step is a great springboard for a discussion on size as not all of the objects will fit into the tub. The goal is to select a sampling of material types. (Plastic, paper, cardboard, metal, glass, Styrofoam, coated paper, etc.) Set the selected items to the side while step 4 is completed.
5. Arrange the items on the layer of soil, avoiding overlaps.
6. Add the string or ribbon grid to the tub. This will be used to help locate the items near the end of the project in the spring. Take a photo of the tub with the objects. This photo will also be used for a follow-up activity later this month.
7. Carefully add the remaining soil to cover the objects. There should be at least 2 to 3 inches of soil over the objects.
8. Place the rain gauge outside and wait for the next rainfall. If possible, set the decomp tub outside where it will receive the full effects of weather changes (sun, rain, wind, etc.)
*If the decomp tub remains outside, skip steps 3 and 4.
3. If the decomp tub is kept inside, fill the extra tub with the water level to match the rainfall total for the day. Pour the water into the watering can.