This is a great story about having "writer's block". After we read it, the students paired up or wrote individually and came up with lots of great stories, both true and made up! I captured some of them in action below! :) It's a great book, because everything around them is a story! They can use what they know (telling narratives) or taking ideas and making them silly or mystery to make up great fiction stories!
Our "Butter Battle" was a success and it was SO FUN!!! And such a cool lesson! They took turns battling to see who could turn their cream into butter to Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off" :) They did a great job observing how motion turned their liquid into a solid. I was very impressed of their science skills and behavior! Definitely made it that much more fun to be able to do it OUTSIDE!
I just wanted to share and give a shout out to two kiddos! They've been working consistently for days!!! on their stories! Both are fiction with some great titles: "The Minecraft Wolf Who Wanted to be Tamed" and "The Best Friends". They were so proud of their efforts, as well they should be! So we held an author reading session :) They read to some of their classmates today! Pretty great stuff!
The Ivory Soap surprise experiment went great!! They absolutely LOVED it! They did a great job listening and recording their hypothesis and conclusion! They were pretty amazed at the air bubbles in the soap! Fun fact: Ivory soap was an accident! Pretty cool!
They also of course, LOVED it after it was microwaved. I gave them the idea to do that with a Peep (sorry :)) with a parent supervisor, and see how it changes the matter! :) If you decide to do that sometime this spring, send me a pic and I will share it!
I tried to get pictures but didn't do a great job because I was in the action :) But I got a few after shots! So my apologies! Tomorrow....BUTTER!
Sooooooo our experiment didn't actually work per say :) It was a bit of mess, which was fine! I ended up with blue food coloring, liquid starch and glue ALL OVER me. Definitely science in action but we had A LOT of trouble listening and controlling our body so I had to stop the experiment. I told them that I'd be letting you (parents) know that's why we had to stop and that tomorrow's experiment will depend on their behavior throughout the day. I told them that I have to be able to trust them and know they will listen and follow directions. If you don't mind helping support me and just having a friendly reminder about respect and listening that'd be great!!!
To be continued...I figure we could try again this spring before schools out and maybe do it in another container and OUTSIDE! :)
We have started measurement with cube units. They will work on making estimations on length and height using cubes as a point of reference. Today they estimated first without having cubes in front of them as a temptation, then used cubes to measure various objects, both on their workmat and objects throughout the classroom. They really enjoyed the hands on activity and adding up how long and tall things were! Some even got adventurous and measured from the door to the carpet (229 cubes!). We will finish up measuring length and height before spring break but kick off time when we return. At the end of the year, we will also do more measuring and hopefully be able to tie it into our nonfiction studies.
Today they got a chance to use the mini ipads to record their book reviews! They learned how to film on an ipad (no fingers in front of cameras :)) and how to present something loudly and clearly. We are going to work on presentation skills with our how-to's after spring break and continue to work on this skill. They were quiet (shocking!) but once they saw it they realized it immediately!