Teaching and learning about clouds can be SO fun! Seriously, kids love analyzing the sky, identifying different kinds of clouds, and determining the weather based on their cloud knowledge. Here are some fun science, literacy, and math activities to use while learning about clouds!
Vocabulary is such a HUGE component of developing competency in any content area, so this hands-on sensory bin is a fun way to match up words with definitions and provide students a solid content-specific vocabulary.
And, if your kiddos keep vocabulary notebooks, they can also add these definitions into a little cloud pocket. After the completion of the unit, you can play this little true and false game…
During your cloud study, there many ways to keep your kiddos accountable for their knowledge. From class-constructed anchor charts, to cloud profiles, to flap books where they can tell all about the different clouds.
This Cloud Collector viewer + Daily Cloud Collector log work together so that your students have a visual to use as they scan the sky for clouds each day. Then, they record their findings in the log.
Even some fun cloud-themed experiments will work great in this unit, along with review games, math activities, and more!
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Are you looking for fun and engaging ways to celebrate reading, books, or for an alternative to boring old book reports?! Then, you MUST check out these SIX incredible activities for doing just that! Your students in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, or fifth grade will love spotlighting their favorite books and sharing with their friends through these fun book reviews and critiques. They are PERFECT to use doing Read Across America week or to help celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, but can be used year-round!
Here are more detailed descriptions of each activity:
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Teaching my students about adjectives and verbs was SO fun with this activity!
To prepare for them for this SUPER fun and ENGAGING activity, I explained that they would be using their five sense to experience popcorn – from the popping, to the smelling, to the tasting – I really wanted them to pay attention to details of the whole process. Most of them hadn’t seen popcorn popping with an air popper before, and while you could use a microwave or even pre-popped popcorn – using the popper gave them a great visual for the lesson.
Beforehand, we went over the definition of an adjective and added it to to an anchor chart we were making, and I also passed out a response sheet for them to record adjectives about the popcorn to use during and after the popping.
Then, we all gathered around to watch the magic! They were truly amazed!
They completed their recording sheets and brought them to the floor in front of the anchor chart we were working on. We added their adjectives to popcorn pieces and pasted them to the chart.
Then, they cut out the pieces of popcorn and made a little craft with them, which we displayed in the hallway with our anchor chart for all to enjoy!
Because verbs were being taught around the same time, I also added this center to our literacy rotations.
Since I first created this activity, I also added some posters, verb options, and differentiated writing papers.
My kids LOVED this activity and I LOVED teaching it! It helped make an abstract concept more concrete…and it’s always fun to make and eat popcorn!
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If you need a quick FREE activity to do with your kiddos in February for Dental Health Month, check out this free printable!
Provide each student with a badge for them to write their dental health pledges. Then, they can cut out the badges and where as a necklace or pinned to their shirts. Fun and EASY!
It works as a great follow-up to this whole class poster activity, too!
Click >>> HERE <<< for poster templates.
ALSO, one of my BFFs is my kiddos’ dentist and I asked her what dental health resources are available to teachers. She said to simply call local dentists to see if they would be interested in visiting your classroom or donating supplies (like toothbrushes, floss, or toothpaste) for your class! That’s an easy peasy way to provide your kiddos with access to a basic need, all while involving the community. Love it!
If you’re local the the Cincinnati area, check out Hyde Park Pediatric Dentistry where Dr. Katie Blomer practices! Her office is SO kid-friendly, the staff is great, and she will take amazing care of your kids 🙂 Learn more HERE.
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I know plans for February are well underway, so I wanted to pop in to share a few things you might find helpful as you prepare your units! I’ve elaborated on some of these in previous posts and have other posts scheduled about others, so this is simply a Cliff Notes version 😉
First up, is Groundhog Day! (Side note: Bill Murray in that movie – hilarious). Here’s a cute little groundhog craft to make with your kiddos!
Then, of course, we have Valentine’s Day! This writing activity is SO GOOD for showing gratitude towards a special staff member and teaching letter writing.
Don’t forget Presidents’ Day on the 20th! This fact sort is a fun way to share little bits of presidential information with your little ones!
And, just because February isn’t thematically full enough, there’s Dental Health month after eating all the candy hearts and hoarding them in your desk drawer pre-party…or is that just me?
My word, February is going to keep us twelve kinds of busy!
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Check out this fun Presidents’ Day activity perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students!
Your kids will love to learn fun facts about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. Sort the facts as a whole class on poster board first…
Then, have your kiddos complete the individual fact sort sheets.
This is a great way to teach about the presidents in a fun and engaging way!
You can snag the poster templates as part of February Anchor Charts and Class Posters, Anchor Charts and Class Posters Bundle, OR you can get the poster templates + fact short sheets shown in the post by clicking HERE or the graphic below!
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Can you believe January is already nearing an end?! So. Crazy.
Which means, thoughts of February are starting to creep into your mind. Groundhogs, hearts everything and everywhere, boxes of chocolate, and after all that sugary goodness, dental health! But, of course!
This resource is packed – literally, BRIMMING – with activities perfect for the primary classroom. The best part: you can do as much OR as little as you want! In addition to the strong emphasis on science, there are plenty of ways to cross-curriculize (totally a word). There are no restrictions here, and your kiddos will LOVE IT ALL.
Heart-melting observations? Check. Disappearing cotton candy? Check. Listening to your heartbeat? Check. Shadow studies, gumdrop structures, egg observations and SO much more? Check, check, double check! The Science of February will not disappoint!
Here’s a pacing calendar, so you can visualize the month:
We’ve placed a heavy emphasis on vocabulary, so there are plenty of activities to structure you word studies throughout the month.
I’m obsessed with this month’s science activities. While the investigations can definitely be teacher-led, it is amazing what your kiddos will discover when they’re given the freedom to explore on their own!
This month’s pack also includes two non-fictions texts that we wrote. And, while we’ve provided trade book suggestions, you don’t necessarily have to use them. You might already have something in your classroom perfect for teaching these themes!
Plus, there’s a plethora of ELA and math activities to really engage your students and extend their learning beyond the science of each theme.
There’s even some darling ELA and math craftivities and projects that your kiddos will just adore!
Also, today is a SALE day on TpT! Click on any of the pictures to check out The Science of February!
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Just a quick post today (before I turn into a pumpkin when my babysitting hours expire) to let you know that February Anchor Charts and Class Posters have been uploaded and added to the bundle! Here’s a preview of what’s included in this fun-filled pack!
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It’s hard to believe that the middle of January is upon us, and we will be celebrating the inspiring Martin Luther King, Jr. across the nation on Monday!
This class poster celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. and the profound words he spoke decades ago that spurred change and continue to inspire our country to this very day. This poster has a matching set of writing templates, too!
You wouldn’t necessarily have to use the student speech bubbles on the poster and could easily omit them and still use the templates and then add factual information about MLK or even write his famous speech on the poster with your students!
The matching writing activity includes 3 differentiated versions to use depending on the needs of your students – lined, dotted lined, and blank.
Students simply complete the prompt I have a dream that one day… with their personal dreams and aspirations.
Side note: Class posters are one of my absolute favorite things to make with my students. When time permits, I’ll draw something up in advance, and then allow my students to add their personal touch with information or content. However, sometimes I’m short on time or creativity, which is why I love these templates! Just print, cut, paste, and let your students finish it up!
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