Growth and Changes in Animals unit in Science. We played some "Guess My Rule" with some animal pictures to introduce some of the physical characteristics that we can consider when observing animals. I thought this would be far more fun than just giving them a list, and I was right... they came up with some really cool sorts!
Finally, we used the posters and some Venn diagrams to compare and contrast two animal groups. I've made several different pages so that the kiddos weren't doing the exact same thing. I am still amazed at how into this unit these kids are. It was awesome to watch them with the posters, talking about the things that were the same or different, and mentioning some of the animals they'd just been reading about! AWESOME!
HERE.) but thought my current class would love - and did they ever! I prepped eggs for everyone last night... full of candy of course, and labeled with their names!
During our first recess break today I hid all the eggs in various locations throughout the classroom. They were all in places that were visible without opening or moving anything, but hidden enough that it was a challenge for the students to find them.
When the students returned from break I ushered them to the carpet insisting that nobody spoke (because I KNEW some of them would spot an egg, or the fact that the basket was now empty!) and we started to discuss prepositions. As soon as I explained what they were and gave a few examples the kids came up with tons quite easily!
After laying a few ground rules (like not telling anyone where they found an egg, particularly their egg) I distributed the worksheets and sent them off. I insisted on checking the first sentences written to be sure the kiddos were writing complete sentences using the prepositions and not making errors on any "right there" words. Motivation to write was not an issue...
Can you spot the eggs? Of course some of the students were determined to find absolutely every single hidden egg, while others moved along to Daily 5 activities after some time, but I'm thrilled with how much I got out of every single one of my kids. Awesome!
Later in the afternoon, we created these fun Easter eggs/bunnies.
They were inspired by a post I found on Facebook this week. If I could find it again I'd give it the credit that it is due. If you know where the original idea is from please let me know so that I might send others their way!