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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Science Saturday - Bouncy Popcorn Kernels

For Science Saturday I thought I would highlight a science experiment that is easy to do and doesn't require a lot of items.

Bouncy Popcorn Kernels are fun to watch.


You will need:
A clear container - I used a vase
Baking Soda
Vinegar
Popcorn Kernels
Water
Spoon
Communication Board - this is one I used from Minspeak



I started by showing the children the items we were going to use and asked them "what", "do", "this"?
"What are we going to do with this?"

It's important to use a communication board yourself so that the children see one in use.
We can't expect children to do something they don't see us doing.





We start with the container (It doesn't matter that we don't have the exact words we need.  We use what the children have to describe what we are using/doing) and fill it with water.


We added a tablespoon of baking soda and stirred it up.



We talked about what we needed to use to stir the water up.


We "put" in the kernels.  Just enough to cover the bottom.



Then we added some vinegar.  I found using a small measuring cup easier than a spoon for children with fine motor issues (less spillage).


We "look"ed to see what happened to the kernels.




We took "turns" looking a the popcorn and seeing what was going on in the container.


Everyone said they "like"d it.


We let it sit and kept looking at it throughout the day.  After awhile, the popcorn stopped moving and most of it settled on the bottom.


Even an hour later, the odd kernel was still going up or down.



I hope everyone is enjoying their 4th of July celebrations.  In honor of my American friends, I'm having a sale to celebrate.





Friday, July 3, 2015

Freebie Friday - Forest Animals


It's freebie Friday and I thought that I keep with the forest animal theme.
I redid my calendar numbers with updated graphics and fonts.
Click on the picture below to grab them for free.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thematic Thursday - Forest Animal Books


On Thursdays, I'm going to highlight a few book that I love that go with the theme of the week.


Here are a few of my favourite forest animal books.


I love Bear and all of his books.  The pictures are beautiful and the stories simple.  They are perfect for kindergarten children.  The topics are timely and lend themselves well to various topics.




"The Mitten" is a perfect winter book that you can do so much with.  It's perfect for acting out, sequencing and crafts




"Where's my Teddy?" is a cute book that I have had in my library for years.  The illustrations a cute and the children love the story.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Work Station Wednesday - Forest Animals

It's work station Wednesday and I'm going to featuring some work station activities each week.
This week, I'm featuring forest animals.


This activity works on missing numbers.  I put Velcro on the blank spot so that the owls won't move when the children place them on the cards.  This reduces frustration when the children are working.  Children with poor fine motor control often have difficulty keeping pieces in place and can easily knock the pieces off of the cards.  






Patterning is the next activity we did.  The colourful cards made it easier for children with visual difficulties to see.




Next we did a memory game.  I had the children find the number card and match it with the correct number of animals.



When working on adding, I had the children roll a dice.  I find dice easier to use than spinners.  Spinners require fine motor control that a lot of my students don't have.  Dice can be placed in little hands and all they have to do is drop it.


Having the children place the correct number of mushrooms on either side of the rabbit, helps them visualize the concept.



I do use a response sheet for children that can print.  If children can't print, I often use number stickers or stamps.


Matching ten frames are next.  Ten frames are a great way to visualize numbers to ten.




Ordering numbers is another skill that we work on a lot.  I mix them up and have the children put them in the right order.




Our last activity is measuring.  I used mushroom strips and the children had to measure the trees and find out how tall they were.








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