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Researching the Circus

September 17, 2012
Researching the Circus

Researching the Circus My students are having a blast learning about circus acts, playing with shapes and reading excellent books!  Everyone selected a topic to learn more about performing for a circus in order to put together their own.  These are the work sheets I came up with to help them focus their research....
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The Chester the Clown Challenge

September 11, 2012
The Chester the Clown Challenge

Chester the Clown.     Chester the Clown I am starting a unit on the circus to incorporate geometry in a different way.  Before school started I sent out a puzzle for my students to assemble of this circus scene to give them a clue about what we would be studying. This week I’m...
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Board Game- Richard Scary Style!!

August 20, 2012
Board Game- Richard Scary Style!!

                  Richard Scary I played this Richard Scary game with my nephew, sister-in-law and brother and was delighted by all the elements that they had incorporated into the game.  Pigs that eat the picnic (complete with my nephew, Julian making oinking noises) and magnifying glasses to...
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Flubber!

August 12, 2012
Flubber!

Flubber What fun!  To play with this soft, pliable material is great for all ages!  You can’t help but smile when you are holding Flubber and it is so easy to make. Place in one bowl and mix 1 1/2 cups warm water 2 cups elmer white glue food coloring In another bowl mix...
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Scent Scientists

August 11, 2012
Scent Scientists

  Kids like to discover new things around them and discovering flavors and smells around them.  I did a little smell survey with my group of students to different kinds of scents using cocoa, chili powder, nutmeg and cinnamon.  Since all of the colors were fairly close, it made really have to use their...
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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream, for ICE CREAM!!

August 11, 2012
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream, for ICE CREAM!!

Making Ice Cream Eating ice cream is grand, but making it with your own hands if so much fun too!  You don’t need much to make ice cream at home. Materials: 1/2 cup of milk 2 T. sugar 1 teaspoon of vanilla 6 Tablespoons of rock salt 3 -4 cups of ice 1 pint...
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States of Matter Experiments

August 2, 2012
States of Matter Experiments

States of Matter Discovering everything is either a solid, liquid or a gas can be fun! We did an activity to help my students get an understanding of molecules and how they are are joined together, I had them smush together tight and asked, “Can you move around?” The response was immediate, “No!” Then...
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What Happened to the Bones!?

August 2, 2012
What Happened to the Bones!?

  Bones This activity is fun for kids to do.  Start with an egg or a chicken leg.  Let them example it, see and feel how hard it is, try to bend it.  Then explain that they’ll be doing an experiment to see what happens when you put the egg or chicken bone in...
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Time for Rockets to Take Off!

July 27, 2012
Time for Rockets to Take Off!

Rockets One of the activities that every kid loves it building with these large scale plastic rods with connectors.  Today’s challenge was to make a rocket as a team.  They understood the concept of making a rocket but working as a team…well, some did and some didn’t. If you don’t have the tubes a...
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Space Suit Design Shop

July 24, 2012
Space Suit Design Shop

                          Space Suit After showing pictures of astronaut space suits and talking about some of the special features, like: a tube in the helmet to drink water a build-in microphone to speak to your team water cooling system that runs close to...
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