Water can be studied at almost any time of the year. Water lessons easily fit into ocean, winter, weather, and spring units. Learning about evaporation, the states of matter, water tension, water flow, sink or float, etc. gives students opportunities to experiment and use scientific process skills.
Winter, is my favorite season inside of the classroom (But not outside for sure)! There are so many fun winter things to do that are engaging, bring cross-curricular learning opportunities, and simply put -- winter fun! Last week, as part of our Winter Thematic Learning, making crystals was a major focus.
Lyndsey has put up her Skeletons and the excitement level in her classroom is through the roof! Why? Because the best thing you can do for your students is to bring science into the classroom. Kindergarten students are natural scientists! And with the engagement of a science-based theme, such as skeletons, you are able to teach all cross-curricular academic skills with high engagement!
Most states have a science core standard about the living environment in which we live. Teaching the life cycle of a plant using hands-on plants themselves is a great way to meet the standard in a fun way. One of my favorite things is to fill my sensory table with potting soil with a few plants the students can dig out - and carefully view the parts of a plant. Kids love feeling like real scientists as they take their magnifying classes to find all of the plant parts. I also have a bowl of seeds the students can plant and water in the same soil. It is amazing by the end of a week or two, a lovely flower garden begins to grow!
It is of great importance to have activities such as this available in my classroom; because our hands are so important to our brains. By using our hands to build, to touch, to explore, we form connections that help us not only to understand the world around us, but to think about the world around us.
Here are some other skills the children are developing by working at the Construction Center:
|Spinning a Web at the Science Center|
|Making a Spider for my Head at the Art Center|
Check out our new spider unit! Contents include:
|Great New Thematic Unit!|
Shared Reading Activities
I’M A SPIDER: Building Metacognition Skills
Scripted Literacy Activities:
Spider Soup: Identifying Alphabet Letters
The Sneaky Spider: Producing Rhyming Words
Home Sweet Web: Matching Alphabet Letters
Spider Walk: Beginning Sounds
Web Treasures: Sorting Objects into Categories
Independent Language Arts Activities
Category Sort: Identifying Word Meanings & Nuances
Spin a Web: ABC Order
Scripted Math Activities:
The Hungry Spiders: Identifying Numbers
Spider Shapes: Identifying Shapes
Independent Math Activities
Spider Frames: Counting and Cardinality
Spider Legs: Decomposing Numbers
Fill The Web: Ten Frame Hunt
Writing Prompts/Word Wall
Spider Word Wall
Eensy Wensy Spider
Do I Like Spiders?
Guided Reading Books
Are You a Spider? Level A
Are You a Spider? Level C
The Arachnid (Science Journal Labels)
Glitter Spider Web
Spin, Spin, Spin a Web
A Spider Song
Ten Little Spiders