Monthly Archives: September 2012

Science is Magic!

Each week we try to do a science experiment!  I like to do the ones that children can do themselves with simple ingredients from home.  The best ones make a BIG mess!  I especially like the ones where you mix baking soda and vinegar together.  We had fun with that one last week when we made popcorn dance!

Last week we also did the one about air pressure.  I have to admit it is really fun to see the children’s faces every time I demonstrate this experiment.  It’s the one where you put a piece of cardboard on top of a glass half full of water, carefully turn it over keeping your hand very flat.  You take your hand away from the cardboard and amazingly the water stays in the cup!  It really seems like magic!  The magic of air pressure!

Some of the children had to hold onto their cups for a long time before the cardboard fell off!

I found these experiments in a series of books by Dr.Zed in the library . The books were a culmination of the experiments in the Owl/Chickadee magazine.  I checked the Owl/Chickadee website and it has some neat little games and they still have Dr. Zed science in their magazines too!

Hopefully the children remembered their promise to show you this experiment over the sink!

Don’t spill now!

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Ant Antics

I hope you have had a chance to look at Tumblebooks!  We have used it almost every day.  The children loved the Purple Yellow Green story that I read by Robert Munsch and asked if it was on Tumble books too.  Luckily for us it was!  This is a screen shot of our screen!

Last Friday we learned about ants! Ants are one of my favourite insects. Can you guess why? We read a few nonfiction books about ants and tried to make a list of some of the different kinds of ants. I have to admit I learned about a few new ones today. For instance, did you know that there is an exploding ant. Seriously, there is an ant the explodes when it senses that its colony is in danger! There is a pink-faced green ant too! The children thought that the honeypot ant was hilarious. I was checking on the species names when the children were at music and found some awesome videos of fire ants and leaf-cutter ants on the National Geographic Site. It was really neat to be able to share this with the children so easily today. Without the new equipment this would have been very tricky… but with the touch of a button I had pictures and videos of real ants.  Take a look! Just search the National Geographic Kids website for the leaf cutter ants video.  Here are some screen shots of the video site.

I love the way the leaf-cutter ants scurry along! My favourite part of the video is the sight of all those caterpillars chewing on the same leaf! Here is just one of them!

 

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TMF X 2!

September is about new beginnings!  A new start to a school year, a new grade, new school supplies, new shoes, and so on!  That’s one of the reasons it is TOO MUCH FUN!  But today it was two much fun times TWO!

The first reason happened when I  arrived at school to find that our projector had been installed!  We are very lucky at our school because our parent group has provided us with some new technology to use with our students in our classroom!  The projector and computer allows us to present the material in a really accessible way that the children really enjoy!  So, you can see why I was so excited!  Today at lunchtime I was able to use the online reading program TumbleBooks to show some Robert Munsch titles.  We enjoyed Moira’s Birthday!  It is a really fun story about how a little girl invites the whole school to her birthday party… EVEN the kindergartens!  It was so nice to have the pictures up on the big screen with no one saying that they couldn’t see the pictures! I think Robert Munsch himself narrated the story!   TumbleBooks is a really awesome website with a huge inventory of stories!  The stories are leveled to grade level and have a variety of activities attached!  There is a link to their website on our WIKI page!  Check it out!  It is really worth the time!

We also looked at some of the neat material on the BrainPopJr. website.  It looks like it will be a lot of fun!

The second reason is a publication I picked up tonight called iPads for Kids!  It is probably going to be a dangerous acquisition!  It has a ton of apps that I can’t wait to try and share with the kids!

It is really going to be TOO MUCH FUN!

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