Monday, January 19, 2015

"Marvel"-ous Mixtures & Super Solutions

It's been a while, but I have a legitimate excuse!  Have you ever tried typing with a broken finger???  It's not at all fun.  QWERTY doesn't work as well when your down a digit.  However, I created a super cute and useful bundle on mixtures and solutions, so I just had to share!

Last week, we had a district benchmark in science, and we were a few days behind in the curriculum, so we did a cram session on mixtures and solutions.  The thing I love about science is how engaged the kiddos are!  They don't even realize they are learning as they mix substances and decide the best way to separate them.  Big words like "solute" and "solvent" aren't so scary when they realize it's really just salt and water.  (If you haven't noticed, science is my favorite subject to teach!)
Mixtures & Solutions Mini-Unit
The activities I use in my classroom to teach mixtures and solutions are available for FREE in my TPT store for the next 24 hours, so go get you a copy!  Click HERE to download the file.  Be sure to check out my Matter Mini-Unit, too!  It was featured recently on my blog, and has TONS of fun activities that would be a great stepping stone into mixtures and solutions!

If you're wondering how I broke my finger, it's a fairly dumb story.  I tried to grab a 40-pound dog by the collar while she was wet, and running at me full-speed.  The best part of the story is the X-ray.  Close your eyes if you are easily offended!  I swear it's legit.

Yes, it's TOTALLY the finger you think it is - which is why the X-ray is so awesome!
Have a great day tomorrow, friends!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Matter Matters

I don't know about you, but the first day back was a whirlwind of new units, review, new novels, and labs.  I'm exhausted!  BUT...I finally managed to finish the matter mini-unit that I began creating before the break, and I can't wait for you to see it!

I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to teaching supplies.  I don't just mean pens and pencils.  I'm talking about craft materials, paper, folders, old ornaments, baggies, rocks, feathers, fabric...pretty much anything that I think I might be able to use Someday finds a home in my closet.  And I usually forget it's there until the inevitable occurs - I have to move grade levels and/or classrooms!  EEK!!!

I had a huge tub full of seeds that I used when I taught 2nd grade for a craftivity on parts of a plant.  Every year I collected more and more seeds...and then I got the news.  You're moving to 5th grade. 
But what to do with all of those leftover seeds???  My extremely frugal alter-ego just wouldn't let me throw them away.  Enter the Matter Mini-Unit!!!

Matter Mini-Unit

Craftivity to explore molecules in different states of matter
I LOVED teaching this mini-unit!  I especially loved finally being able to use my plethora of seeds!  And the root beer floats we made to explore chemical changes were so yummy!  I didn't limit the kiddos to root beer.  They had a choice of root beer, Big Red, and Coke.  Some of them were sooooooooooooo excited to try Big Red since I said that was my favorite.  They weren't disappointed!

I have to take a minute to say that I am so super-blessed to have wonderful parents who donated all of the supplies to complete this activity!  We wouldn't be able to do all the amazing things we do in our classroom without the parents.  Thank you!  Thank you!!  Thank you!!!

There are so many activities in this bundle of materials, AND it's free for a limited time in my TPT store.  Click HERE to check out the goodies in the bundle and download your free copy!  Have a great week back!

PS - Just in case you were wondering about the crafitivity we did with all of those seeds - here's a sneak peek!

You didn't really think I would throw it away, did you?