Sunday, February 9, 2014

Winter Wonders!

Awwww, this winter has been so fun. Unless you count the freezing temps without any snow. That's not so fun. If it is going to be this cold, we should at least have some snow to play in, that's for sure. We have done some awesome stuff so far this year. Wanna see?

We did an experiment to see if ice melted faster in salt water or fresh water. Only 1 true prediction for this one!

We wrote our spelling words in "snow", and cleaned our desks at the same time. Woohoo!

We had our 100th day of school! Such fun! We did lots of fun activities with the number 100. Our favorite though, was to see how far 100 steps would take us! Boy, were they surprised!

 Who doesn't like to celebrate with food?! We had 100 yummy snacks! Plus, it was a good math lesson!

We measured, measured, measured. I think every single thing in the classroom got measured at least once. We even measured ourselves with snowballs. I actually felt tall for once doing this activity. :)

We had our own Winter Olympics. We got to throw snowballs (marshmallows) in our events. We did a relay, shot put, and a toss. We got to measure our distances and even got to stand on a podium if ours went the furthest distance. It was freezing, but they loved it!

We talked about Dental Health last week. Fun, fun! We did some neat experiments, that really got the kids thinking about taking care of their teeth! Here's a cavity in our tooth. I forgot the picture at the end of the week, but I'll just say YUCK! The kids were very grossed out, which is a good thing. I bet there was more teeth brushing last week than any other this school year. :)
 Here is our teeth in various liquids. We wanted to see what would happen when we drink sugary liquids.

 This is Dr. Pepper. DISGUSTING! There was even a sticky residue left on the egg, so we talked about how we need to limit our soda consumption, but when we do drink it, we need to brush our teeth afterwards, because that sticky stuff will invite cavities for sure.
This is kool-aid. Who wants green teeth?!
Ahhh! Water, fresh, clean water! Much better for our teeth, as you can see. 

We did so many fun things. They didn't even realize how much learning went on. We also had a snowball fight in our classroom with real and nonsense words. Now that was exciting!  This last half of the year is so fun. I can't wait for all of the fun stuff coming up soon. 

Now for your last treat, my newest product! It's such a fabulous way of telling someone Happy Birthday! You can use it in your class for the birthday child. The class can write them a special note about them. You can use it for teacher assistants, room parents, other teachers, and even principals. We did this for our Principal on his birthday a couple weeks ago. They LOVED writing their favorite things about him. They wrote about what he did in the school, what they thought he did in his office, what he did at home, etc. Their responses were funny. I loved reading them, and I am sure he did, too. At least he better have! ;) Check it out if you have a special birthday coming up in your classroom! 

Finally, here is my Valentine gift to the class. Who needs more candy or cards to throw away. 
Hot chocolate! Cheap, easy, and they love it!

Be fun and fabulous!
~Mrs. Sweeney