One of our science standards is matter, and I love it! We are required to use the FOSS kit, which I love as an introduction, but I love to integrate matter in all subject areas! When we learn about Fables, we do a unit with the story Stone Soup. I create a whole thematic day where students spend the day observing how matter change change when you add heat. We start off with ELA by creating a flow map of all the steps we go through in making our actually Stone Soup! We also integrate math by measuring. Science is tied into this step when we sort the ingredients by solids and liquids and make predictions on how the ingredients will change when you add heat. We continue with the ELA portion by comparing and contrasting the two versions of Stone Soup. We then write a story about how the plots would change if the characters from each book traded places and went to each story. In the afternoon, we write our own recipe for "Stone Soup" then comes the fun part, we eat the Stone Soup and write down our observations on how each ingredient changed as well as create a bubble map using adjectives on how it tastes. They write an exit ticket on what they thought about the day.
Another way we explore matter is to see what will happen when you make something cold. We do this by making ICE CREAM! We read the Reading A to Z book called "How to Make Ice Cream". Students pick out the text features and answer text based questions about the story. Then the fun begins. We use math for measurement, and science for predictions on what will happen, and why. Then we shake, shake shake, our way to matter ice cream! Science is FUN!
"What would YOU do if you were the President of the United States?"
That was the question I presented to my students when they wrote this hilarious piece. I also added my face into the mix, because they were feeling shy about having their faces on the bulletin board. Once I put mine together, they were excited. A whole new meaning to "I do, you do." ha!
I had the amazing, wonderful and humbling experience to receive training from THE MAN, Spencer Kagan himself!!! We had a two day training in "Teaching to the Seven Memory Systems". I cannot even begin to explain all the wonderful things I have learned and implemented into my classroom. This is something I will remember forever! Hip Hip Hooray for Kagan!
When it comes to holidays, we celebrate with learning! This happens to be a friendship activity I do with my class. They sort and graph those sweet little candy hearts. Then they use them to write sentences. Then, they get to eat the leftovers! It's a "sweet" way to reinforce math concepts and writing a complete sentence.
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