Friday, March 27, 2015

Five for Friday!

It's time for my "week in review" with Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching.

It was a rough week! I went in for strep throat last Friday and took off Tuesday for a bad cold on top of it! Nothing like going to school before 6am to type up sub notes. (You gotta get out of there before anyone stops you and sees how terrible you look!)

The struggle is real.
My students started joking with me: "Its like a pattern - you, a sub, you, a sub!" Oh, dear!

I usually do blow painting with my kinders each spring as a fun art activity. I wanted to amp up the science integration and came across Kindergarten Kel's What Will the Wind Blow? experiment recording sheet. It was perfect!

I set up a mini IKEA table in the middle of the rug. We wrote our prediction for each item before I called on someone to try er' out. (TIP: I always have my students use marker to record estimates or predictions. Why? So they can't go back to erase and change their prediction when the result ends up being different than their guess. I can pick out the perfectionists in the group!)

I love hearing at the end of an activity "That was so fun!" *happy dance*

Click HERE to get a free copy of this recording sheet!
After our wind experiment we painted with wind - our wind! All you need is watercolors and straws.

The next day, we added tissue paper flowers using the end of a pencil.

"Buzzy" the Bee kicked off our insect unit.

He taught us his favorite song to help us learn the characteristics of insects.

We used play-doh to make our own insects using what we learned. The bendy straws worked perfectly for legs.

3 body parts? 6 legs? Antenna? Yes, it's an insect!

Here is yet another perk of teaching at a K-12 school: the science department lends us their bug collections!  We got out our magnifying glasses to investigate. (Some of my girls needed confirmation that yes, the bugs were indeed dead.)

I think we might have some future entomologists!

We talked about the difference between insects and arachnids.

These are my favorite kinds of spiders... cookie spiders!

Aren't these spiders "sweet"?

How ridiculous is this? We did these In the Spring... poems..... because we've had spring weather. One day it was a glorious 70 degrees! I thought it was perfectly safe to do these poems.

Well,..... we spent all this time describing spring... and the next day it SNOWS! They must be so confused!

Even though spring is hesitant to come, Easter is on it's way! We began our tradition of telling the Easter story by opening up a Resurrection Egg each morning before our Bible story. My students love guessing what's in each egg and sharing what part of the story each symbol represents.

I'm looking forward to linking up with Easter ideas next week!

Enjoy your weekend!


  1. Your Science activities are wonderful! Almost makes me want to teach littles.....no, not really! Have a great weekend!
    Teachers Are Terrific!

    1. Haha! Thanks Carol!
      Science is so much fun to teach because there are so many ways to integrate it with other subjects and my students love experiments!

  2. Love the activity for What the Wind Blew! Thanks for the freebie!

    Learning at the Teacher Table

    1. Always glad to share "treasures" I have come across at other sites!

  3. I love the idea of painting with wind!
    Thanks for sharing your 5 this week.
    Sandra's Savvy Teaching Tips

  4. Hannah, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your wind experiments! I can't wait to do them. Thank you so much for sharing them!