Sunday, August 16, 2015

Summer Throwback: Remembering Fun Times From Last School Year


Hi all!  Today we're sharing about our Spring Time Egg Hunt.  This is a fun activity for the classroom that not only fits the season, but adds in some academics too!  Since our Spring Break falls around the beginning of Spring and Easter, this activity has always helped the kiddos to have fun during that exciting time, but keep them grounded with academic questions to work out.  Plus, our kiddos usually do an egg hunt in Kindergarten and seem to expect on in 1st grade.  This helps us to be "fun," even though we can't always have the same fun as in Kindergarten.


We start with filling the eggs.  To make sure kiddos always get a new question to answer, we number the eggs.  So during the hunt the kiddos will go looking for eggs by number.  This helps slow the kiddos down too ;).  We pair the kiddos up and plan for 11 pairs.  We have them do 12 questions, so we needed 132 eggs (11x12).  We number the eggs; so we put the number 1 on eleven eggs.  It can be confusing at first, but if you organize it this way, the egg hunt will run very smoothly in class!

We get the question strips from our Spring Pack.
There are Math, ELA, and Science questions all with a Spring Theme!  Eggs 1-4 get Math questions, Eggs 5-8 get ELA questions, Eggs 9-12 get science questions.  Once the eggs are numbered and stuffed,  it's time to hide the eggs!








The kiddos are always SO eager to get started hunting!!  They've got to find an egg with number 1 on it to start the hunt.  When they find that egg, they open it to take out their first question.



 Once partners find their egg and get out their question, they read it and provide an answer on the back of the paper strip.  Kiddos need to bring their question to us to be checked before they can start to look for a new egg.




Check out a video here to see the egg hunt in action!




Saturday, August 8, 2015

Summer Throwback: Remembering Fun Times From Last School Year


Time to share another fun learning experience from last school year!  Around the holidays, we are doing informational writing.   In the past we've done how to blow a bubble (with gum) and we love the craftivity that goes with it, but we've found our firsties are not really so great at blowing bubbles.  They loved chewing the gum, but it was hard to have them write the how to part since they didn't actually blow the bubble.  

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/134545107587832265/
Love this, but our kiddos have trouble blowing a bubble!  Click the pic to find out more info about this cute craftivity on Pinterest.

So, Tamra thought it would be fun to have the kiddos write a how to for wrapping a gift.  It fit in PERFECTLY with the time of the year!! 

 We asked parents to send in Jello boxes and small jewelry boxes.  That was the perfect size for our kiddos to wrap.  However, since we planned it during the holidays, we didn't get many donations.  We were about to go buy cheap packages of Jello just for the boxes when Tamra found a perfect solution: crayon and chalk boxes!  Tamra had a whole bunch of sidewalk chalk boxes  (same size as crayon boxes) left over from a class party.  She emptied them and we BOTH had enough boxes for our classes!  

Note to self:  SAVE THESE BOXES!!!
 
 If you plan to do this writing piece, save these crayon boxes at the beginning of the year!! 

Wrapping paper, gift bows, and masking tape are the other materials needed for this activity.  We got wrapping paper at Hallmark because it has the grid lines to follow when cutting.  We used the holiday gift bows that are self adhesive and we use making tape because it is easy for the kids to tear or cut with scissors.  We did a demo with the kiddos guiding us and telling us how to wrap the box.  We wanted them to see how to do it and to be ready to do the how to writing.  After our demo, we gave each kiddo a box, a pre-cut square of wrapping paper and a gift bow and told them to GO!  We DID NOT help the kiddos at all....it was far too neat to see them work in out themselves and help each other!  Check out the video below to see a kiddo wrapping his box!

  
After the kiddos had finished wrapping their boxes, they worked on the writing part of the activity.

Now, you can grab this writing activity for your classroom!  Click the pic below to download it!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4oqs3dO-goOV1pkNU5Ed3NPVlk/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4oqs3dO-goOaEQwSHNKWWE5WEU/view?usp=sharing



Saturday, August 1, 2015

Summer Throwback: Remembering Fun Times From Last School Year

This year we started to have a special Science Experiment every Friday.  The science kits we use as part of our curriculum are very outdated and do little to evoke excitement from the kiddos (or teachers), so this was a great way to boost practice of experimentation, exploration, and observation in the classroom.  Plus, they were SUPER fun and that always helps!  Here's a peek at a few projects that we really loved!

Black Magic Experiment
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/335307134727043805/
This was a fun one to watch!!  Click the pic above to find out more about the experiment on Pinterest!

  Here's the recording sheet we used!  Click the picture to download a copy!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4oqs3dO-goOMk81d3pLZmlsQk0/view?usp=sharing
Gummy Bear Experiment
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/335307134727299450/
 The kiddos LOVED this one...probably more so because we gave them the left over gummy bears, but it was fun to keep checking on how the gummy bears were changing through the day.  Click the pic above to find out more about this experiment on Pinterest.

Here's the recording sheet we used!  Click the pic to download a copy!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4oqs3dO-goOUkVveGRRR3pfeTA/view?usp=sharing

Walking Water Experiment
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/335307134727207782/
This is another fun one to watch through out the day!  Click the pic above to find out more about this experiment on Pinterest.  We can't find any in-class pics, but we do have a recoding sheet to share!  Click the pic to download a copy!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4oqs3dO-goOX3lGcUZhYjVlZ1U/view?usp=sharing

Fizzy Rocks Experiment  
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/335307134730005201/

This was a fun one to do in conjunction with our Pebbles, Sand, and Silt Unit.  The kiddos loved to find what was hiding in their "rock" and sorting out the goodies for recording.  Click the picture above to find out more about the experiment on Pinterest!

Here's the recording sheet we used!  Click the pic to download a copy!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4oqs3dO-goOZTViS1BObExoVHM/view?usp=sharing

Rain Cloud Experiment
The kiddos loved seeing the food coloring seep through the shaving cream!  Click the pic for more information about the experiment on Pinterest, or you can read a blog post from Kristen of A Day in First Grade.  We used her recording sheet.  

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4oqs3dO-goOYnZxMFJuNVpmVTg/view?usp=sharing

And finally, we tried out a few STEM experiments as well.  This one was fun to see how kiddos worked together in small groups.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/335307134734680448/





Come stop by our Pinterest page to see what more Science experiments!  We've already been collecting more Fun Friday Science Experiments for this coming school year!

https://www.pinterest.com/1stgradebuddies/science/