Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Life Cycle of a Snowman and So Much More!

It was good to be finally back last week!  On top of our two weeks off for the holidays, we then had a whole additional week due to the weather!  We had a very busy week!  We began our first day back with a visitor in our classroom!

We named him Olaf!  I am guessing many of them saw the movie, Frozen over our break!  
We used Olaf to introduce our science unit on matter.  Olaf was made of ice and we discussed how a solid keeps its shape unless someone or something causes a change.  I found this great project from The Frugal Teacher!

As the day passed, we observed changes!  He was melting due to a change in temperature!  We left Olaf overnight so that we could continue to observe him the next day.

This is what we returned to school to find!  Olaf had continued to turn into a liquid!

We also heated water to observe the "gas."
The Frugal Teacher also provided a link to Lauren Lynes from Simply Second Grade's TPT Freebie.
We applied our writing skills to record our observations.

All year we have been learning new comprehension skills.  During Daily 5, we listened to the story, The Snow Child, by Harriet Ziefert.  

We then made text to self connections and recorded them in our Reader's Response Notebook.

Our text talk book this week was, The Hatseller and the Monkeys, by Baba Wague Diakite.

This story is very similar to the book, Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina.

We made text to text connections and recorded them in our Readers Response notebooks.  I got this free printable from Just a Primary Girl.  

This week we also had a mystery to solve!  I used Jodi Southard's  Ouch what Happened Pack! When the students returned from lunch/recess, their teacher had a band aid on her forehead!  They all wanted to know what "happened!"  We read clues that were posted around the room.  Each clue included ou/ow words  and brought us one step closer to the story.  

After each clue, the students drew a picture of their own predictions of what had happened. 

After the mystery was solved, they each recorded what had "happened" using as many ou/ow words from as possible.

We also learned about the sound that oi and oy make.  It reminds us of the a pig making the "oink" sound!  We cut and glued oi and oy words to a pink cup and used it as a pig snout to help us remember!

Please stop by again soon to see what we have been up to!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Snow Ice Cream!

Well, today was our second snow day and tomorrow it looks like we will still be home due to the snowy roads and chilling temperatures!  Today the kids and I made ice cream using snow!  They had a blast and want to make more tomorrow!

I have seen a few different version of instructions.  We went with the one from Family Crafts.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Making Snowflakes on a Snow Day!

My own kiddos and I were supposed to go back to school today.  However, due to all of the snow and the windchill factor, we were home today and will also be tomorrow.  I had been wanting to try out a neat snowflake craft with my kiddos and today was the perfect day for it.  I found the idea and instructions at Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational blog.

I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics and her Monday Made It and Skip to My Lou's Made by you Monday!!  Check out all the other projects that everyone has linked up with!
    Made By You Monday