Sunday, September 29, 2013

Our Fabulous Five Senses!

We've finished our first science unit on senses! We had such a blast learning about each one and what they can tell us about the world around us. We used lots of fun activities from Kindergarten Smiles 5 senses pack, which she just re-did to make even cuter. (It was already adorable!)

Up first we learned all about our ears and how they take in sound waves to the brain to tell us what we're hearing! We played this fun sound bingo game where I played sounds off the computer and they had to listen and cover up what made that sound if they had it.

Next we learned all about our noses and how their are teeny tiny hairs in there (not your nose hairs!) that carry smells to the brain to tell you what you're smelling. We played a fun guessing game where I soaked cotton balls in four different extracts - lemon, orange, mint & maple) and we guessed what they were! 

Next up was touch! I filled four different bags with a frozen popsicle, a conch shell, cotton balls, and a metal bracelet and the kids got to feel without looking. 

For sight we played a fun fame of I-spy and then the kids recorded down what their object had been. We learned how the pupil shrinks and grows to accommodate more/less light, and also about different color irises. I'm the only one in my class who has blue eyes and not brown so whenever I knelt down to work with kids that day I found them staring at my eyes :)

Last we learned about taste! We talked about different tastes - sweet, sour, salty, spicy, bitter. And then we did a taste test! Their little faces when they tried baker's chocolate (bitter) were so funny! But I did have one kid say that was their favorite! I forgot to take a picture :(

We wrapped up the unit with a fun popcorn experiment where we listened for how it sounded cooking, how it smelled, then once it was cooked we observed how it looked, felt and tasted! 

And that's a wrap! Onward ho to Matter!!

We had so much fun with this pack, make sure you check it out! As much as I love making my own things the beginning of the year is so crazy and I was feeling so stressed and it was so nice to be able to print and go!
Our Five Senses

Our Popcorn experiment, is mine. You can find it here:
Popcorn 5 Senses

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Five for Friday! {9/27}

Can you believe it?? I'm actually blogging! We've been SOOO busy, I haven't had a spare second in a while! We've been up to lots of fun things, some of which I'll discuss in further depth in future posts, but here's just a quick look!
Apples! We've had so much fun with apples the past two weeks! We've been doing apple themed math tubs as well as learning about apples during science and Johnny Appleseed during Social Studies. I'll be doing a whole post about our apple fun soon! 

Characters! We've been having a blast with characters too! We've learned about what they are, how to describe their appearance, what their actions, thoughts and feelings tell us about them on the inside, and how they can change. Expect a post on all this soon too! 
He was not sharing, he was being nice

We had a special visitor on Friday! This sunfire bearded dragon came with a special guest to help us learn all about how animals use their five senses. The kinder-pups LOVED her!!

We're ALMOST at ten minutes of read to self, and have just started read to someone! 

We just wrapped up our five senses unit! Again, there'll be a post coming soon :)  Here's a fun popcorn activity we did as a wrap up! 

Don't forget to link up your five with Doodlebugs teaching! 
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