Saturday, September 29, 2012

Teach It: Rocks, Fossils, and Soil

Alright, scientists, we have Earth Science coming up in a few weeks in our scope and sequence, so I've started thinking about my favorite resources for rocks, fossils, and soil.  Here they are!

Primary Ideas
For my primary friends, I love this post on teaching rocks and soil in a kindergarten classroom.  There are so many terrific ideas!  You must check out!
Also, Little Miss Hypothesis has a great post and product for rocks on her blog.
Technology Ideas
Looking for a computer activity?  This Rocks Interactive Activity looks fantastic!  I've also used Rocks and Soils from the BBC website, which includes an activity, reading page, and quiz.
Interactive Activities
My class last year made a little music video of  themselves singing the Rock Cycle Rap.

Read Alouds

TpT Freebies
Rocks and Minerals Flashcards from Ryan Murphy
Rocks Concept Map from Ashleigh
Rocks Review Jeopardy from NatalieP
Rocks Vocabulary Cards from Kammy Hanson
Fossils Center from Math and Science with TLC

Science Penguin Resources
Earth Science Interactive Notebook

Earth Science Vocabulary Resource Packet
SW5: Rocks and Fossils

I hope this helps you with your planning!  Check out my other Teach It! posts with ideas and resources for other science topics.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Earth Science Interactive Notebook

Hi y'all!  Science notebooks need beefing up?  Too many boring notes?  Have a lot of hands-on activities, but need some more reflection opportunities?

Here are some ideas and pictures to use with Earth and Space Science!  These are cut, label, and paste activities and foldables that can be used and then reflected on by your students!
Nonrenewable vs. Renewable
Canyon and Delta Vocabulary Wrap-Ups 
Weathering, Erosion, Deposition Triangle Fold-Up 
Wind, Water, Waves, Ice Fold-Up
Make your own or check out mine that are ready-to-use.  Above are some pictures from items included in my new product, Earth Science Interactive Notebook.  It includes 18 student sheets that will fit perfectly in their science notebooks.

Earth’s Layers
How are These Landforms Formed?
Canyon Vocabulary Wrap-Up
Delta Vocabulary Wrap-Up
Weathering, Erosion, Deposition Sequencing
Weathering, Erosion, Deposition Triangle Fold-Up
Wind, Water, Waves, Ice
Volcano Web
Natural Resources Shutter Fold-Up
Fossils Cut, Label, and Paste
Water Cycle Labeling
Water Cycle Cut, Label, and Paste
My Drop of Water Writing
Weather and Climate Venn Diagram
Sun, Moon, Earth Triple Venn Diagram
Sun-Moon-Earth System Cutouts
Lunar Cycle Labeling
Planets Fold-Up
Check it out at my TpT Store.  

Or check out the Bundle, with over 185 activities!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Preparing and Organizing Materials for Science

I've seen some great ideas for organizing materials for science activities so students can transition seamlessly between work stations or work together easily in lab groups.  Here are a few of my go-to ideas!
1. I use plastic bins for storage, but rarely need the tops.  The tops could just live in a cabinet under the sink, but instead I use them to hold items for lab and station activities!  That way, the materials are prepared and ready for the day and all we have to do is pass our trays.
 2. Dry erase marker or Vis a Vis pens will work on many materials for temporary labeling.  (Test a dot on the bottom to make sure first!)  Here, I needed to label the cups #1 and #2 for the activity, so I just wrote on the cup with dry erase marker and wipe it off when we're done.
3. When setting up work stations, I put the directions sign or center on the wall to make it easy to find and show the students where each are before beginning.  For Science Weekly Five stations, I put each of the 5 stations in the same place each time.  
 4. I use alphabet stickers to label things (ignore the ugly top of the canisters).  For this mystery lab activity, I labeled the containers A, B, and C to make it clear for recording observations and measurements on their lab sheets.
5. I use poly folders to hold directions and pieces for stations, long-term labs (lasting 2-5 days), and project based learning activities.  This helps all students locate their work and keep track of materials.
I don't know about you, but if I'm not organized, my students aren't organized either.  Taking just a few minutes to prep for a science activity before the day starts will save valuable instruction time, increase students' understanding of the directions, and prevent chaos!  :)  Happy Sunday!

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