Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Choice Time Favorites

Sensory fun with ice, salt, and food coloring!

classify and sorting animals

Which weighs more?

Anyone care for a game of cards?

Humpty Dumpty

We have been having fun playing with words and rhyme.  Kindergartners have been making and breaking words that rhyme.  One fun activity we did was with Humpty Dumpty.  Kids rhymed their name and wrote their own rhyme.   It is so much fun being silly with words, especially when you get to dress like Humpty Dumpty! 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Will it Freeze?

Kindergartners have been inside due to cold cold weather which prompted some questioning about freezing water.
  • Will it freeze?
  • How long will it take to freeze? seconds, minutes, hours, days?
  • Will hot or cold water freeze first?
  • Will a bigger container freeze more quickly than a small cup?
  • Does it make a difference what color the water it?
  • What if you put marbles in the water?
  • What if you put cereal in the water? 
We made some hypotheses and put our water to the test.
We'll let you know what we found!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Living and Nonliving

We have started a unit on Living and Nonliving things.   Kids are having conversations debating if something is living or nonliving.   We started with a slideshow containing a bunch of pictures-of both living and non-living things.
We looked at the pictures and I asked the kids to decide if each object was living or non-living. I did not correct them right away, allowing time for them to discuss their thoughts and answers.  They could pretty easily tell you which ones are living and which are not, but there are a few tricky ones (a rock and tree bark). 
It's fun to listen to the reasoning behind their answers--the debate became quite heated at times!
After the slide show, we  had a discussion with the following questions:
How can you tell if something is living or non-living?
What are some things that all living things have in common?
We decided to come up with a list to help us decide if something is living or not.  We then eliminated some of the listed criteria.