Mentor Text {2.16.14}
Good Morning!  Today we're linking up with a text from our current Science unit, Balance and Motion.  In our unit, we focus on using counterweights to balance, using balance to help objects have motion, and observing what kinds of motion objects can have.  We found this gem from Leo Lionni!  Balancing Act is a great read aloud during our balance investigations.  While being read aloud, this text lends itself well to questions and discussion about balance concepts.

Great image to stop and talk about why it isn't balanced...and how it could be balanced.

And another great stopping point...why is this balanced?

 Here are some Balance and Motion task cards that can help lead to more discussion in your classroom about how objects in our world show balance and/or motion!

Today, we're also linking up with Molly for her Fabulous Freebies on the 15th!  We're sharing a few pages from our newly updated Shapebots Shape Mini Pack!

Have a wonderful Sunday!


  1. This looks really cute and we could possibly use it when talking about simple machines. Thanks so much for linking up!

  2. I love this and I love seeing this concept taught in 1st Grade!

  3. What an adorable freebie! I love all of your shape stuff - you make my life easy :) Thanks for linking up!

    Lucky to Be in First

  4. Such a cute freebie thanks for sharing your wonderful shape stuff! :) The read aloud looks great too-will definitely need to check that out! Hope you girls are having a great weekend! :)


    Learning to the Core

  5. Thank you for that book idea! We are working on OA.7 with first graders and the book is a great addition to our arsenal!