Saturday, March 12, 2016

Animal Characteristics

Engage Activities:

Read and talk about the book:
What would you do if something was trying to eat you? Steve Jenkins
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17ebxIKx8-w



We enjoyed playing the
Camouflage game from kidszoo.org/wp-content/.../furfeathscales.pdf
  

Sort a box of fruit loops or other multi-colored cereal by color, placing the same number of each

color in a bag.


Scatter the cereal outdoors in the grass.

Divide the children into groups.

When a signal is given, one member from each group must run out into the grass and pick up one

piece of cereal to bring back to the group.

After each child has had a turn, combine each group’s findings.

Ask the students which colors were found the most, and which the least. Why was it harder to find

the green? Explain that some animals’ body coverings have colors or patterns that help them to hide

from their enemies.
 

As we discussed animal characteristics unit,
I hid our friend Cham the chameleon around the room.  Student who found it had to explain what it is to camouflage, then they got to hide it for the next class to come. (I teach two groups of science AM?PM) Idea from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/133489576425292649/. 

I also showed kids pictures of real animals that camouflage to protect themsleves from predators. because they are small or slow.  The site contains other content, preview before showing this page. I only used the animal pictures because they amazing, and then I closed the link. :) http://www.boredpanda.com/animal-camouflage/ 

Concept development:

Eyes - use cutout of animal masks with the shapes of animal eyes

Ears- use cups of different sizes to mimic the way animals use their ears

Feet and Limbs- match the footprint to the animal from StemScopes (district resource)
Using their fists and washable paint, the kids recreate the animal footprints on butcher paper

Teeth and feet- http://www.biologyjunction.com/bird_adaptations.htm  


Body Coverings-
Use an oven mitten to insert hand in ice cold water.  This will help the students understand that animal coverings can help some animals stay warm, others use their skins to stay cool.
Sort cards of animals according to their body coverings from TpT (free)
Create a texture board for scales- net, fur- faux fur pieces, feathers.

Wings


Behavior- create a behaviors anchor chart

Super animal- create a super animal using a variety of animal characteristics combined. ex. huge ears, huge eyes, beak, tail, scales, etc...

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Basic Needs of Plants and Animals

Vocabulary


Resources

Anchor charts


Activities



Telling Time Unit


Vocabulary

Sentence Stems

Anchor chart

Resources
We tell time using real hands and the hoola hoop clock! (Idea popular on pinterest of course)

Interactive journal  clock foldable from oriental trading. The hour flaps open to reveal the minutes.

The kids made clock foldble flaps in their Interactive journals, and wrote a sentence about an acticity they perform at that time...

The kids use the clocks for every transition.
The kids absolutely enjoy using the dry erase clocks!


Workstations: the kids love to use the picture cards and laminated enrichment sheets.




https://en.islcollective.com/resources/printables/worksheets_doc_docx/whats_the_time_boardgame/time/77735
Telling time board game

To understand the 24 hour day,
We played timeline ordering of events
And then we created our own timeline using butcher paper and index cards. 



Exit tickets
http://www.teach-nology.com/worksheets/early_childhood/clocks/

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Fractions

This site has good games/stations that I used.
http://urmath.weebly.com/assessment.html