Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Space Unit - Astronaut Words Write the Room activity

I've created this set of 10 astronaut related words to use as a matching game and write the room activity in our space unit. I've also included a recording sheet to write the words on. My little girl enjoys write the room activities, but I may also use this as a matching activity, writing prompt cards, word wall cards, etc. There are so many ways to use these in your homeschool or classroom. Just go here or click on the picture below to download it for FREE.


I hope you enjoy! Keep coming back, there's more on the way.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Astronaut Writing Prompt FREEBIE for Space Unit

I put together a little writing prompt freebie to go with our astronaut theme we'll be working on next week. I thought I'd share for anyone who desires to use it. Enjoy!

Just click here to go to my TpT store and download this for free.


Moon Dough! Sensory Play in 2nd Grade

"What would you like to do today?" I say.

"How about something fun?" she says.

"How about some moon dough?" I say.

(excuse the random pile of stuff)

"This stuff is awesome!" she says.

"I like it crumbly the best!" she says.

Want to make your own moon dough? It's easy peasy.

You dump a pile of cornstarch on some wax paper (to protect your surface from the coloring). Then you squirt some shaving cream on top. The cheap, foamy stuff. Squirt a couple drops of food coloring and then mix it up. It starts out very sticky and the food coloring stained my hands, but the more you work with it the more it takes the shape of moon dough. If it stays too sticky add some more cornstarch. If it's too crumbly add some more shaving cream. Rocket science, right?

I got the idea on pinterest, so it's not me who is the genius here, but don't tell her that. She thinks I'm pretty awesome and I'd like to keep it that way. *wink wink*

What do you do to impress your kiddos?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bubbles Unit Study and Making Giant Bubbles

*this post contains affiliate links*

I decided to put together a short unit study on bubbles. I used some great materials that I found on Teachers Pay Teachers like this freebie from Nicole Shelby, Bubble Gum Fun. And check out this bubble gum themed math freebie. You remember "Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a dish, How many pieces do you wish?" I enjoyed introducing my daughter to this rhyme along with some good ol' basic math practice. Then, there's this cute poem we read and discussed. We talked about the -ew digraph and listed some more -ew words. Then we built the words with Bananagrams letters and stamped them, then wrote them. Be sure to click on the pictures to get your own copies:

"Bubble Gum in a Dish" 0-20 Math AdditionLong u sound: /ew/ Bubble Gum Phonics PoemBubble Gum Fun in Reading Class Freebie
We also read some great books:
  • Bella Blew Blue Bubbles by Amanda Rondeau (Homophones)
  • Pop! A Book About Bubbles by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Bubbles Float, Bubbles Pop by Mark Weakland
  • Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy

Of course, bubble gum isn't the only way to study bubbles. Who doesn't love blowing soap bubbles?? And what about GIANT soap bubbles? Can it get any better?

They're easy to make. Here's what you need (if you can't tell by the picture)...

  • 1 small swimming pool
  • 1 hula hoop
  • about a cup corn starch
  • about a cup Dawn blue dish soap
  • about a Tbsp of glycerin (I don't know if this was necessary but we added it anyway)
  • about 1/2 a pool full of water
  • a big spoon for the fun stirring job
  • kiddos to make the bubbles

The best part of all is when you can get your big brother to make a giant bubble with YOU INSIDE!!

We tried and tried but could never get one of our giant bubbles to actually close up and be a big round bubble, but it was still a blast. We left the pool out for a couple days and the friends in the neighborhood played with it, too. I'd say it was a hit.

Check out this video we used to talk about some soap bubble science:

Here are some of the books we used and some other items that look really cool for a bubble unit. I especially like the bubble gum scented ink for stamping your vocabulary words, spelling words, or just for fun. I'm all about involving as many of the senses as possible in our learning.

Thanks for exploring bubbles with us. Can you think of anything you would add to a Bubbles Unit? It's sure a great topic and so much fun!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Excited for a fresh start

Please excuse the mess here. I have managed to completely destroy my blog template and design and am in the process of figuring out how to fix it. I haven't been blogging in... oh, about a year, but I'm starting again and I thought what better way than to give my blog a fresh look for a fresh start? I think I should have just fresh-started without the fresh look. Well, anyhoo, it will be fixed, just not tonight.