Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Snow Wonder

I'm late on making this post, but we wrapped up last week, Week 3, with a lesson on snow (finalizing our weather study), then completed our work with grasslands for Geography.  (There will be another post soon to follow with our sixth FIAR book, Storm in the Night.)  This week, Week 4, is our "Break Week," and we have been enjoying it thoroughly, but also getting some work done, too (like finally getting around to catching up on the blog).  We will resume next Tuesday with Week 5.  Here is how Week 3 ended ...

We read Today Is Cold by Martha E. H. Rustad ...
... Weather: Snow by Ann Herriges ...
... It's Snowing! by Gail Gibbons ... 
... Snow Is Falling by Franklyn M. Branley ...
 ... and Who Likes the Snow? by Etta Kaner.
We also read The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Snow by Joanna Cole ...
 ... Snow by Roy McKie ...
... The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (a classic!) ...
... and, for fun, There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow! by Lucille Colandro.
 For our first activity, we made the "Okra Print Snowflakes" as seen at http://tendcollective.blogspot.com/2011/08/okra.html.  For the same, you need raw okra, blue construction paper, paints in white, blue, and purple, and a paintbrush.  First, cut your okra at the widest part, so they look like this.
Then, using your paintbrush, coat the cut side of your okra with a light layer of paint.  Lightly press the painted okra onto your paper.  (If you press too hard, the spaces between the okra's seeds won't be seen, and it won't resemble a snowflake.)
Keep making prints.
Cute!
 
Maggie's thoughtful piano teacher suggested a really neat site for virtual snowflake cutting, http://snowflakes.barkleyus.com/.  It is really neat!  Just click on the little scissors icon and start snipping away at the folded paper!  Maggie loved it!
And, what's a snow study without a "Grow a Snow Day" snowflake?  (Maggie loves these grow things, just like every kid I know!  I enjoy adding little, cheap things like this to our curriculum as fun surprises throughout a lesson.)
Adding it to water ...
... and waiting for it to grow!
Then, just for fun, I gave her a box of sugar cubes and challenged her to make a "snow" castle.
 In construction ...
 
 
Our snow study wrapped up our two-week study of weather, and with the new Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs movie coming out next week (Maggie is obsessed with the first one!), I thought this next activity was perfect!  I found it at http://first-grade-fever.blogspot.com/2013/03/wacky-weather-freebie.html.  The owner of the blog offers great printables for your young writer to imagine what he/she would want it to rain, instead of meatballs.  Maggie predicted it will rain cheeseburgers.  :)
Cute!  (I am so proud of this kid's handwriting!)
Then, we finished up our grasslands study in Geography.  First, we read The Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America's Lost Grasslands by Sneed B. Collard, III.
Then, we made the cute little grasslands finger puppets we found at http://www.education.com/worksheet/article/grassland-animals-finger-puppets/.
We then wrapped up our week-long study of grasslands with a journal entry (I giggled at what she said her favorite African savanna animal was) ...
... and a grasslands diorama using this great Scholastic Animal Habitats book!
Here is the American prairie side of our diorama ...
 ... and the African savanna side!
 (Here's a view of it from above.  I love, love this book!)
So, Week 5, we will be starting our study of living things, and continuing our landforms study with a closer look at forests.  Also, we will start a new FIAR book, Three Names by Patricia MacLachan.  But before that, look for our new FIAR post for Storm in the Night, coming tomorrow evening!  Thanks, as always, for checking in with us!

2 comments:

  1. Can you tell me where you found the Grow a Snowflake?

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  2. I want to say that I found it at either Michael's craft store or JoAnn's craft store. Good luck and thanks for reading! :)

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