Saturday, April 23, 2016

How I Organized my Desktop

                             Spring Cleaning My Desktop

I'm so proud of myself... I finally got my act together and cleaned my desktop with all my TPT products and more.  I made a template (got the idea from Flip Flopping To School, who got the idea from Smiling and Shining in Second Grade) as a background that allowed me to separate and organize all my files. It took a while but was well worth the effort. I feel like I Spring cleaned my house! Here is a screen shot of my desktop and the template I used if anyone else cares to take on the challenge:)
My Desktop

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Free Earth Day Writing Activity

                                   Free Writing Printable for

                                         Earth Day!

This activity is great for Kindergarten and First Grade writing.  It supplies words for students to use in their sentences.  To download click below.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Easy Soil Activity

This activity was so easy and yet my students were so engaged doing it.  Sometimes it surprises me how much they get into an activity that I thought was so, so... Anyway, we first took a walk around the playground to notice what types of soil we could find.  We spotted sandy soil near the track, rich soil around the bushes, and of course since we live in Ga., we found red clay. Once inside (and after a quick discussion about certain plant needs), I gave each student a piece of paper folded to make three spaces.  They labeled and drew the types of soil we saw and what might grow in them.
Red Clay, Sandy, and Rich Soil Activity


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Steps to a Mini Greenhouse

My students helped me set up this mini greenhouse. We all took turns putting a variety of beans in a cupcake holder with paper towels cut for the openings, sprayed them with water, put on the top, and set them in the sun. They all made predictions which bean would sprout first. The next morning we came in to find the split pea had already sprouted! Now they are all sprouting. Great way to show the concept of sprouting, and evaporation. My kids tried to figure out why there were water droplets on the inside of the container... and they did!
Cupcake container from the Dollar Store. 

Damp paper towel and a variety of beans...

Friday, April 1, 2016

How to Make a Butterfly Cocoon

Hands on Butterfly Cocoon - so much fun!

My kids had fun building their own cocoons from toilet paper rolls.  First, they covered the tp roll with construction paper, and glued on a leaf or two. Then they made a caterpillar out of pipe cleaners and goggly eyes, and a butterfly from tissue paper and a small piece of pipe clearer. The caterpillar is attached to one end and the butterfly the other. They enjoyed pushing in the caterpillar into one end and pulling the butterfly out of the other. Cute!

Start with toilet paper roll.
Glue construction paper.
Make caterpillar from pipe cleaner and goggly eyes - butterfly with tissue paper and pipe cleaner.
Caterpillar goes in...

Butterfly comes out...