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Showing posts with label Science. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Science. Show all posts

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Parts of a Pumpkin Literacy Mini Unit and FREEBIE

This week seemed to fly by! We had lots of special visitors for Fire Safety Week, including our local Fire Department, Smokey the Bear and Pluggie the Fire Hydrant (American Red Cross). We also had Professional Development training day on Friday, so we've been very busy.

My co-workers and I have been working on the next three weeks worth of lessons to help get us through the end of October and beginning of November. I am loving having two hours a week of plan time with my fellow Kindergarten teachers.

While I was thinking about what to do for our Pumpkins unit, I came up with a song for Science to help teach students the parts of the pumpkin. However, I didn't have any cutesy graphics to go with it. So, I contacted Denyse at Scrappin' Doodles with my song and asked if she could make some graphics to go with it. I got an email from her that she was finished today and the graphics were absolutely PERFECT for what I was needing! Be sure to check out all of Denyse's cute designs at www.ScrappinDoodles.com.

Then, Parts of a Pumpkin Literacy Mini Unit was born! I also added to the unit an emergent reader, a labeling worksheet and the song in pocket chart form with pictures. Feel free to check it out in my TpT store by clicking the picture below. It is only $3.



Click on the picture below to download your freebie!  I hope you like it!







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Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Science of Magnets in Kindergarten: Ideas and Resources {FREEBIE}

Exploring Magnets is one of my favorite units to teach in Science! This year, we've been working really hard to integrate Social Studies and Science into all our Math and ELA Common Core Standards.

So, for my formal observation I decided to center my lesson around using our five senses to explore magnets. My kids had explored magnets the day before, used them around the room, made observations, watched iron shavings being pulled across paper and all those other fun things you get to do with magnets.

I thought the kiddos would have been a little less excited on the second day, but did I ever underestimate my kiddos! We read the book Magnets Push, Magnets Pull and used bar magnets to use our five senses with the magnets. Although they were totally engaged in the lesson, the majority of them were talking over each other to answer my questions. Yikes! :) I haven't gotten to have a conversation about the observation with my Principal yet, but hopefully, it wasn't too crazy!

Here's a copy of the resources I created in case you'd like to use them, too! Just click on the picture to download your freebies from Google Docs. The first two pages are student response sheets (color and black/white). I used the color version with our projector. The other pages are signs for a large anchor chart with student responses.
 
 Here are a few other magnet ideas I found.

Songs:
Magnet Song 
Magnets Rock

Lessons:
5 Day Lesson Teaching About Magnets in Kindergarten

Free Printable Magnet Sort


Books:

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