Wednesday, February 25, 2009

suzy's ideas

Humans:Activity #1: Exploring the 5 senses-Having the children explore a specific type of sensory every day of the week. (sight, smell, hearing, touching, and taste)
For each day the students will be focusing on one specific sense and do multiple activities that will engage the usage of the different types of senses. For sight, the teacher could prepare an activity that involves searching for an object around the room, or playing animal lotto where the students will have to find on their lotto board the animal picture the teacher holds up. For smell, the teacher could prepare different flavors of kool aid and by smelling, the students will guess what flavor it is. For hearing, the teacher will prepare a variety of different types of noises, and with the children facing away the teacher will ask the children to guess what the noise was and document it. For touch, the teacher could prepare couple of objects that are smaller, and let the students feel what it is through a feely box. The students will use their sense of touch to guess what the object will be. And finally, the taste, the teacher will prepare a series of crackers, lemonade, and a cookie; the teacher will let each student eat or drink the three different foods and have them vote which one they liked best. The trick is, the types of foods up there are different types of tastes like sour, salty, and sweet.
Activity #2: Taking care of your body- Incorporate a book around germs.
(the importance of washing out hands, eating well, sleeping well, and covering our mouths when we are coughing and sneezing.)
It is important for the students to know how to help their bodies be healthy and strong. This theme and activity will help the students to wash their hands, eat well, and get a good night sleep. We have a book that our teacher wrote called, The Germ, This book is all about why germs are not good for our bodies and how to can keep the Germ from making our bodies sick. This activity will really encourage students to take care of their bodies and to be healthy.

Activity #1: Milk explosion
-Have a small group of students to help do each step of the project. -Ask to see what will happen-Watch what happens
This activity will help students to do step by step procedures. Asking questions about how the experiments will help build good observation and hypotheses skills. The experiment is very clean, and the end result the milk will swirl around all the colors.
- Need a pie pan
- Milk
- Food coloring
- Dish washing soap
- Pour the milk in the pan and have four drops of any color food coloring around the edge of the pan. Finally, put two drops of the soap in the middle and see what happens.

Activity#2: Gloop
-have a small group of students to help do each step of the project
-ask to see what will happen
-Watch what will happen
This activity will help students to do step by step procedures. Asking questions about how the experiments will help build good observation and hypotheses skills. This project will get messy so make sure to be wearing a smock.
- Cup of White school glue
- Cup of liquid starch
- Food coloring (optional)
Just mix the ingredients together and the children could play with them or take them home in zip lock bags.
This is a fun way for the students to be engaged in a project and have an end product to take home to show their family.

Activity#1: Compass project
-using magnets to make compasses
My school has a science discovery night every year, and we made a homemade compass.
This activity will help students to do step by step procedures. Asking questions about how the experiments will help build good observation and hypotheses skills. There is a magnetic pull in the earth and so if we magnetize the needle, the need will point north.
- Sewing needle
- Cork top
- Magnets
- Bowl
- Water

Activity #2: Balloon race
- Straw
- String
- Balloons
- Tape
This activity will help explain about what causes speed. The students will have a hard time learning about pressure or force at this age, so the teacher could start of by asking the students what could cause a balloon to go faster. The teacher will demonstrate, by having two lines of string across the room with a straw through it. The students will blow up the balloon and while pinching the end, they will tape the balloon onto the straw. The students will estimate how much air to put in the balloon and release the pinch to see which balloon will cross the finish line first.

Activity #1: Family Friendship garden day
-families come in and plant with the children in the front of the school
-teachers will take pictures and document it in a book
Activity #2: Plant a flower
-Plant a flower
-do activities that promote how to take care of plants and how to keep it alive.

Activity #1: Senses of different animals textures
-Fur, rough, feathers, smooth, and etc.)
Activity #2: identify what sounds animals make
-sound out animal sounds and let the students identify them.
-for clues, describe the animal to the children to help them out.

Activity #1: the shapes we can find in space
-Display a picture of space and let the children find shapes
-A teacher could draw a picture of outer space and put stars, circles, and ovals, and etc.
-The children can use their prior knowledge to figure out shapes in their environment.
Activity #2: What do you think you will see in space?
-Ask questions about what they could see in space and let the children use their imagination
-document and dictate what the students say and make it into a class book

Activity #1: weather bear
-create a weather bear on the board. This bear will be bare, and depending on the weather, the students will dress the bear to the appropriate weather and temperature. This will help the students use their prior knowledge of why it is important to dress according to the weather. For example, the students will not wear a bathing suit in the winter time because they will freeze to death.

Activity #2: counting weathers
-four clear jars
- need four signs of the season
- need a lot of marbles that will last your throughout the year.
This is a fun activity for the whole year. The students during rug time will decided what kind of weather condition it is outside. For example, the weather being rainy, snowy, sunny, and gloomy. At the end, it will be fun for the students to count and graph how many marbles were found in each weather condition.

Activity #1: recycling
-Read a book about taking care of your environment, renew, reuse, and recycle. Teach the students why we should reuse some of our materials because paper and pencils are made from our beautiful trees. Also, the teacher should talk about picking up litter that we find in our neighborhood or the streets to keep Mother Nature clean and healthy.
Activity #2: talking about weather changes
-Talking about the different seasons and talking about why it snows or rains and why we need the sun. The sun is important because the sun gives food and energy to the plants.

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