I love spring…not just because of the sunny weather and new life that surrounds us! I love the units I get to teach in the spring…I think I leave my favorites for the end part of the year on purpose.
We have been bust learning about measurement, motion, and magnets. My students LOVE this unit because it is all about experiments and trying out fun, movement activities with toys…what kids don’t like to move right?! 🙂
We got to explore about gravity using marble mazes. This was a difficult activity for my kiddos at first because they had to learn to work together and share pieces in order to build something that works. It took them a while to put it together but they worked through it and were successful!
We learned about friction and how different surfaces can make it easier or harder for something to move on. More friction = More work and energy!!
We also had marble races and talked about whether an object (a marble) would go faster down a steeper hill. I used a cut up pool noodle for this activity…make the perfect ramp!
We took part in a great magnet workshop put on by MadScience Workshops in BC. They come into your class with all sorts of activities on magnets and the kids get to do tons of exploring and experimenting! We all learned something and had tons of FUN!! 🙂
We used magnet wands to move a compass!
We used magnet wands to push and pull away from our neighbor!
We got to play with magnets on a rod and experimented until we got them to repel each other…creating the illusion of levitation! How cool is that!?
I love magnet wands…I know have a few on hand in the class as a center activity. I love all the different exploration that can happen with this things!
Is my head magnetic? 😉
To study gravity even more, we had an EGG DROP experiment outside! Every student brought to school an “egg safety” box that they decorated and added things inside to help protect the egg. The kiddos were super creative…there was bubble wrap, tissue paper, newspaper, and even WEEDS!! haha!
I haven’t seen this much excitement at school in a while!
During everyone’s turn dropping the egg box, you could hear our class probably a block away chanting for each student…it was very sweet!
I even got to help out once with a parachute…how creative!
They were all so proud 🙂
And very happy that ALL the eggs made it…at least until we returned to class. Then we had a few classroom explosions! 😉
We have also been busy learning all about non-standard measurement.
Kids love measurement because they get to use tons of manipulatives to measure their friends, themselves and objects around the classroom.
We used non-standard units week (paper clips, cubes, hands) and had a ton of fun measuring EVERYTHING…even Pete the Cat!
We used our hands to measure.
We used cubes to measure body parts and shoes.
Over the next few weeks we will be using standard units to measure (cm and m) and will be learning about weight using scales.