Friday, September 30, 2016

I am a Scientist!

I am a Scientist Unit with Freebie!

A successful year learning science begins with a strong foundation. This is one of the key foundation lessons I teach every year. I begin with my Five Senses Unit, which you can find here.  It's a great engaging and introductory unit to use while your preschool or kindergarten students are learning how to be in school. The five senses unit naturally leads into I am a Scientist which teaches students that THEY are scientists and covers different attributes of being successful in science. This unit has 7 complete lessons with classroom visuals/posters and activities to support your students learning throughout. Here's an overview of what you'll find in this unit. Click here to pick up a copy for your classroom.

Introductory Lesson: I am a Scientist!

Poster to display in your classroom. Each lesson (except for the summary lesson) has a poster to add. 

Print it off as is and use as a word wall. Print off two copies, laminate each square individually, and use as a memory game in a science center. 

Each lesson provides a recommended lesson plan. Modify as needed to fit your classroom and students.

Nothing is more engaging to students then something they made themselves! Start off the unit by taking pictures of your students dressed like a scientist (or have them draw themselves as a scientist) and make a class book for your library!

Lesson 2: Scientists Observe

Lesson 3: Scientists Ask Questions

Lesson 4: Scientists Use Tools

Lesson 5: Scientists Record Information

Lesson 6: Scientists Take Action

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Color File Folder Games

Color File Folder Games

Here are four file folder games to teach your students or child about colors. Each game focuses on different skills; sorting, matching, spelling, & writing. These can be added to play centers, used in small groups, or sent home for parent involvement. 

I Can Write Color Words!

Kids LOVE using dry erase markers! Save paper with this engaging and colorful writing activity. Students practice tracing color words, when they're finished they can erase the marker and the game is ready for the next student. This teaches reading and fine motor skills. 

I Can Spell Color Words!

TRAINS! My 18 month old is currently obsessed with anything with wheels, and preschool children love them too. Engage your students with this fun theme and help them learn something at the same time. The letters are color coded by word, to help students know which train they go with. This game can be adapted depending on the level of your students. Add the included oval color words to the trains themselves and students can see how to spell the word. This teaches using a word wall, letter recognition, and spelling.

I Can Sort by Color!

Students sort the items onto corresponding color jar. Extend learning by having students count how many items are in each jar, or by playing I spy "I spy something yellow that a baby uses".

I Can Match Items by Color!

Cupcakes! Yummy! Students match the icing to the corresponding cupcake bottom. 

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Hope your school year is off to a great start!