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Fun with Frogs!

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We have been working on a Frog theme this past week!  We did a mini research report about frogs and toads.  The children read fact sentences about frogs and toads and then sorted them into different categories!  They liked the Cool Fact category the best!

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We have also been reading Frog and Toad stories and we made a story map about The Lost Button story!

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They added a lot of detail to their story maps!

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We made origami frogs to act out the story map!   One student really enjoyed making them and made lots of them.  She gave some of them away, too!

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And, of course, we had to have a origami frog hopping contest!

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We have also been doing some more science experiments!

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This one seems like magic.  We put 5 bent toothpicks together on a plate.  The toothpicks are arranged so that the bent parts are close together.  We used a straw as an eyedropper and dropped several drops of water on the toothpicks where they are bent.  Watch what happens!

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It was fun to see their faces as the star appears!

 

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Letter and Science Fun!

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Today I introduced one of my favourite iPad apps to the class.  It is called Letter School!  It is an awesome app that presents learning how to make the letters of the alphabet in a very engaging way.  We are really lucky because I can present the apps on the iPad and all the children can see and hear it on the big screen with the use of the projector.  I have a special cord that lets me connect to the projector.

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It is a great way to introduce the app to everyone at the same time.  I had a student use the app and all the children could see and hear it.  The student makes the letter using the arrow cues and these amazing animations appear to make the letters.  It is awesome to hear all the giggles as they learn their letters!  Too much fun!

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The children worked in small groups sharing the iPad and taking turns making the letters.  I have a special headphone adapter for the iPad that lets several children use it at once!  They were very co-operative and took turns really well!

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We did another science experiment today!  I love watching their faces the first time I demonstrate it.  Each child got to try the experiment on their own.  All you need is a cup, some water, a piece of cardboard, and a place like the kitchen sink to work at!

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We talked about why the water stayed in the cup!  One student’s water stayed in their cup for over half an hour!  Eventually, the cardboard gets saturated with water and the seal releases.  The children illustrated the experiment and labelled their drawing.

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They did a great job!

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It is always fun to see their faces when the water stays in the cup!  Science is magic!

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Science and Dancing Fun?

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Today was the last day in session this year and so to celebrate we did our favourite subject….

Science!

We did one new experiment and then repeated two of our favourite old ones.

There are two things that I have always wanted to do but have been successful at yet…

I can’t whistle very well (actually, I can’t whistle at all) and I haven’t been able to blow up a balloon.

But I do know how to get science to blow up a balloon!

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I do love experiments that use vinegar and baking soda!  Good old kitchen ingredients!

The instructions are in your child’s science duotang.  One rainy day this summer when you are looking for some fun give it a try!

We also repeated the Don’t Spill experiment.   It is fun to watch their faces when the piece of paper holds up the water in the upside down cup for a while.  I think the record this morning was just a little over half an hour before the paper fell down and the water splashed out!

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We also did the experiment we call High and Dry!  We put some kleenex in the bottom of a cup, turn the cup over and put it in a tub of water.   The kleenex stays dry.  Do you know why?

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I promised that I would post the links for Dance Mix Two.  We have had a great time dancing to some of the songs on this mix. We haven’t done them all yet!

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I have also add the Disney Dance Mix.  We haven’t had a chance to do any of these yet!

You can find the links on our class WIKI page.

I am trying to figure out which one is my favourite…. What’s yours?

I would like to thank  Kinderchat for compiling all these great dance videos.  Aren’t they great?

So when the weather is not so nice this summer you have two things you can do!  Check out the science experiments and DANCE!

Have a great summer!

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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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