So, we got our worms (100 of them) yesterday from the DO. Today the kids were each given a bunch to observe. We did a few experiments with the wormys. First we talked about how to handle the worms and how delicate they really are. We also discussed that, yes they look kinda slimy and gross, but they are actually really helpful to nature. The kids got to examine them with magnifying glasses. We added a few drops of water to see how they responded to it. We also made dark "tents" out of paper to see if the worms were more attracted to the darkness (they were). All in all, the kids loved holding and examining the worms. They drew lots of pictures and made lots of notes about what they observed. Little scientists in the making. I made this to go along with our soils and worm unit. Pick up your free copy here... Worms
For this activity I first had the students make the main body of the penguin in our parent centers. It works out better and is much faster to have the basic part of the glyph put together.
The kids had a great time making and thinking about these glyphs. Some of the questions I asked are to help the students think about what they are really doing well at in school, and what they need to work on. I also asked them questions about New Year goals that apply to their home life and family. It was eye opening to see how they feel they are doing in different areas academically and socially.
Some of my lower readers put they don't need work on reading, but math instead (even though they are doing great in math). It was a great time for further reflection and questions with them individually later.
They loved it and learned a lot as well. If you would like this glyph, please visit my TPT store. Barnes Hooligans
Well, we have no snow in HB, CA.... but we can pretend. Maybe we will build sand snow men. My students enjoy working on these shape books. We try and do one a month. I laminate a cover then bind the pages together to make a class book. These make great displays on Open House and Back to School Night. Here is a copy of our newest one we will be making in January.