Saturday, April 12, 2014

Five for Friday With 3 Science Experiments & A Freebie!

It's official!!!! I'm on spring break and I'm starting my first day out with my first ever link up with "Doodle Bugs Teaching" for her "Five for Friday" linky party! I've always wanted to join this fun party, but I don't usually blog on Fridays because it's my shopping night! I always do my grocery shopping on Friday nights after school, so that I can enjoy my Saturdays and Sundays. It really makes for a much longer weekend! Although it's much dreaded every Friday, it feels so good to get up every Saturday morning knowing it's DONE!!

So here's my Five for Friday on Saturday!!!
 Do you have trouble managing ipads and what apps students go on in your classroom? I did and it was driving me crazy! So in an attempt to solve this problem, I organized all of the apps on all the ipads into categories, took screen shots of each and made this schedule chart. We started it on Monday and it worked great! Now when students go to the ipad center, they check to see what category their group has been assigned and then they can choose any app from that category! If students are caught out of that category, the ipad is taken and they have to go do seatwork. That generally only happens once! 
In a previous post {here} I wrote about "guided access" and how you can use it to lock a student within an app, but it can often be challenging for me to free myself from my other groups to place every student into guided access.
Our favorite part of the day......Science Time!!!
Students got to see how the molecules of the water adhere to the piece of string without spilling!!

We made homemade playdough....and then......

 ..........used it to see our pulse!!!

This is a very cool experiment! When placed correctly over the pulse, the toothpicks rapidly vibrates and moves!

We studied ants all week, but had to say goodbye to our ants and set them free before leaving yesterday as we are on Spring Break now! Woohoo!

I just love this photo!

A closer look!

 The kids loved making ants on a log!!!

And to end the day before break yesterday....we colored Easter eggs! I am convinced that some of my students have never colored Easter eggs, so I am very happy I was able to provide them with this memorable childhood experience!

And I'd like to leave you with a couple of freebies from my "All About Ants" unit. 

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

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  1. Testing! I'm having problems with my comments so this is just a test!

  2. Love your science experirnents!
    Thanks for sharing your ant freebies. :)

  3. F"ant"astic activities~ will be sharing this link with our first grade teachers! Thank you,

  4. What a great interactive week. Thank you for sharing your ant life cycle page. We have 6 Ks and we each house a different animal to study life cycles. Ants look like they would be fun.


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