Today was the last day in session this year and so to celebrate we did our favourite subject….
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!
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!
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?
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!
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!
We are continuing to work on our mini ocean unit. Take a look at the fish we made using our hand prints! It was a little ticklish painting our hands but they turned out really well. We worked with shapes to make the striped fish. Lots of circles, triangles, rectangles, and so on. We made two hand print fish. We used one for our fishy quilt. The other one we used for this….
We watched the story Swimmy by Leo Lionni! In the story, Swimmy works with other little fish who are in danger of being eaten by some big fish to create the illusion of an even bigger fish. Swimmy becomes the eye of the fish and the other little fish form the body of the fish by swimming in formation. The big fish run away in fright!
We have also been compiling an ocean folder! We did a research report about whales and found out about a lot of cool facts. Did you know that the blue whale is even noisier than a jet engine! We sorted all the facts into four different categories. There were About the Blue Whale, About the Babies, What They Eat and Cool Facts!
We have been watching some amazing videos about dolphins, whales and ocean life on the National Geographic Kids site. We love the one about the dolphins herding their dinner. Check it out! It is called Dolphin Dinner. I have added a link called National Geographic Kids Videos on the WIKI that gets you to the kid’s video site. Then you can put dolphin dinner in the search section and find the awesome videos. There are a lot of fun animal videos on that site!
Lots of fishy fun!
It was fun to see Chris Hadfield on the cover of the MacLeans magazine and an article about the Deep Sea Challenge expedition on the cover of the National Geographic magazine last week! So neat that we had the opportunity to learn about them and then see them on the cover of some magazines! If you haven’t already seen the cool stuff we learned, check out the blog posts called Wacky Water Fun – Space Age Style! and Deep Sea Fun!
Lots of fun!
I couldn’t resist getting a shot of our latest reading buddies! When the children have finished their independent assignments they have the opportunity to read. That morning I had received a new “suitcase” of books that the children were exploring. We had to go to the computer lab and when we came back I saw that they had left their “reading buddies” with their noses in a book! Too cute!
At the computer lab, the children have been exploring some of the new links I have added to the WIKI this week. I have added a few Christmas links and a link for the I Spy series. The Christmas links are from the ABCYa site. There is a Math practise site, decorating a Christmas tree and a Gingerbread House, and a Christmas word search. Love those word searches! Check it out!
Today we explored surface tension again with our experiment called Exploding Colors. This is another Dr. Zed experiment that I found many years ago! All you need is some milk, a drop of red, blue, and yellow food colouring, a toothpick, and some dish soap. Pour the milk onto a shallow plate. Add the three drops of food colouring. Then use the bigger end of the toothpick and dip it into a little bit of dish soap. I usually put out a little plate of dish soap. Dip the toothpick into the milk and watch the fun!
Today we blogged on our student blogs with our big buddy class. We wrote about our last big buddy day! Check it out!
It is amazing how quickly the children have learned how to navigate the various directories to insert their pictures! There are quite a few steps that they have to remember and then they also have to learn how to adjust the picture so that it comes up in the correct position. We are super impressed! Right now the buddies are scribing for us but soon we will begin writing our own entries!
We now have a WIKI on our website. The WIKI is a site with quick links to cool websites that we have found! It is a more user friendly site for the little ones! Basically I have tried to find a few good websites in a variety of topics or interest areas. The WIKI allows me to create quick links that the children can click on to get to their favourite sites. There are quick links to STARFALL, Suessville, Junie B. Jones, ABCYah and so on. You can find it on the menu bar at the top of the website menu bar. Click on the page called “Mrs. Anton’s WIKI Page. Click on the link on the page and then click on the link that interests you! The children have worked with the page at school and seemed to really enjoy it! Check it out!