I loved linking up last week with Doodle Bugs Teaching for five for Friday, so I thought I would try it again this week! We are down to only 5 days left in school!! The best to do in kindergarten by this stage of the game is to KEEP THEM BUSY!! Yes!! Very busy!! And that is what I did!
Have you ever come to work and you have on 2 different earrings? Yep! Me too! And I did it this week!! I didn’t even notice it until I saw myself in a mirror around 10:30am. I’ve been getting up later than usual this week and so I rush putting on my jewelry and that is what happens! I just left them on most of the day and not 1 person said anything to me. Funny!
I thought it was time to get our pumpkin plant back to school to get it planted in our school garden. This plant started as a carved out pumpkin in the fall. I just put the seeds back in and filled it with dirt. Then, after about 1-2 weeks, I put it in this plastic pot and filled it with potting soil. I decided I would just leave it alone in my bonus room.
Now that it is in the school garden, I’m hoping at least 1 pumpkin will come to fruition. I did this last year and 1 pumpkin started growing on the vine, but we think a deer got to it and ate it before it ripened. This time, we have netting around it. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll have a pumpkin for the fall!!
Like I said, I’m really trying to keep everyone busy! I’m working on gathering a collection of STEM and STEAM activities for my Pinterest board and while I was looking, I found this really awesome idea on how to show gravity in action through art!!
It was so cool!
So this is how I structured the lesson:
on the dry erase board.
After we talked about the meaning of gravity,
I showed them the cover of Chicken Little. I told the kinders that if the main character in the story had known what gravity was, then all of the commotion wouldn’t have happened in the story!
Then I read the story aloud to them.
Next, I showed them the YouTube video of Amy Shackleton and her gravity art: It is a 2 minute video and they were amazed by it!
Here is her gravity art in action!
After we watched the YouTube video, I took them outside for a little outdoor classroom time.
The class was divided up into 3 groups because I had 2 paraprofessionals helping me at the time (these ladies are awesome!….I am blessed) and we gave them a piece of white construction paper and a spoon.
We mixed some green washable tempra paint with a little water and poured it into 3 paper plates.
Each group of kinder cubs sat around the paper plates and spooned some paint onto their spoon and dripped the paint onto the sheet of paper.
Then, as I watched them, some kinder cubs would pick up their paper and watch the paint drip down, some would take the spoon and shake it a little to splatter the paint onto the paper (great time to talk about force!!) , and then some would just keep their spoon still and watch the paint drip onto the paper.
Now a couple of suggestions: I would put art shirts on them……..If you are by yourself, then do this in small groups….I might would try putting the paint in cups instead of paper plates. Also, I used pieces of long butcher paper to lay on the ground. This was used as a boundary to keep them in small groups.
Ok this was my version of a STEAM activity to show gravity, but this is where I got the idea.
Click here for this great blog about it.
Next week, I will put out craft items and let the kids add to their gravity art to make a scene with the green gravity art as the background.
Don’t you enjoy doing activities where the kids get to have a laugh or two? I do and when these little grass heads begin to grow, it’s hilarious and the kids love it!!
Cut out each face and cut a straight line across the head area.
Then, take small clear plastic cups and hot glue the pictures to the cups. Take a push pin and punch 3-4 holes in the bottom of the cup for drainage.
Next, I put potting soil in a bin and gave the kiddos a spoon to spoon the soil into their cup all the way to the top.
Then, I have them dip and take out a spoonful of grass seed (you can buy a small bag at Walmart, for less then $6 and it will last forever!!)
They take the grass seed and spoon it on top of their dirt filled cup.
Then, we carefully water them and place the cups in a sunny location.
I like to do these on Fridays, because by Monday, when my kinder cubs come back to school, they will see a little grass growing from their cup and then it will begin to look like grass is growing out of their heads!!
I’ll make sure and have pics of what that looks like next week!!
“Orange” you glad it’s almost summer?
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