Thursday, February 27, 2014

TPT Sale!!

TPT is throwing a 3 Million Teachers Strong Sale today and tomorrow!  Load up your cart and save 20% off every item in my store!  Don't forget to use the promo code TPT3 for extra savings!!  Click on the image below to head straight to my shop!

Happy Shopping!!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Brusha, Brusha, Brusha!

We just wrapped up our dental health unit this week and boy did we have fun!  We talked a lot about the importance of brushing and taking care of our teeth and even had a visit from a dental hygienist!

The first day we read several books about brushing our teeth and the importance of going to the dentist.  The kids then got to practice "brushing their teeth" with a toothbrush and white paint.


At the end of first day we prepped our experiment for Day 2.  I showed the kids a set of hard-boiled eggs and told them to pretend that the eggs were their teeth.  We placed them in a couple jars and filled the jars with soda.  I asked to the kids to predict what they thought would happen to their "teeth" if we let them sit in the soda all night.  

The next day we took out the eggs to see that the soda had stained them brown.  We discussed the importance of limiting the amount of soda, tea, coffee we drink so this doesn't happen to our actual teeth!  I then gave each table an egg and a set of of toothbrushes.  

They got a chance to brush their egg with toothpaste to remove the stains.

At the end they were able to see that brushing their "teeth" removed the stains caused by the soda.

Our Day 3 experiment was called "Plaque Attack."  The purpose was for the students to understand what could happen to their teeth if they did not brush them regularly and allowed plaque to build up.  We placed two raw eggs in a jar of vinegar and let it sit overnight.

The kids made a prediction about what they thought would happen to the "teeth" and recorded it on their recording sheet.  The next day we took out the eggs and observed the changes.

The students were able to see that the outer shell of the egg had been "eaten" away by the vinegar.  We talked about how brushing our teeth regularly keeps the plaque from eating away at the layers of their teeth.  We them completed their recording sheet by drawing a picture of their conclusion and writing a sentence to summarize the experiment.

The following day we talked about how healthy eating and drinking habits helps take care of our teeth.  The students then got to sort healthy vs. non-healthy foods and sort them onto either the healthy tooth or the cavity tooth.

If you are interested in any of these experiments or activities, they are available in my Keep On Brushin' packet.  Click on the image below to see the unit in my TPT store!

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Hooray for the 100th Day!

We made it!!  I can't believe we've been in school 100 days!  Is it me or is this year FLYING by!?  We had lots of fun this week celebrating....check out the pictures below for some of the activities we did!

We made these adorable 100-year-old self-portraits from Deanna Jump's 100th Day Mini-Unit.  Click here to check it out!

We practiced counting to 100 by 10's with these super cute ice cream cones.

We made our yummy 100th Day Snack Mix by counting out 10 pieces of each snack!

We practiced counting to 100 by 1's with 100 pizza toppings, 100 gumballs, 100 animals in the mitten and 100 bugs in a jar!!

We also made our book of 100 things by drawing 10 objects on each page!  Here are just some of the pages from the book.


 We made our 100 day crowns by placing one stick in each box of our 10 strips of paper.  We then cut out the strips and glues them on a sentence strip.

 We attached our "100 Days Smarter" star, pulled all the strips and stapled them together at the top to make our crown!

 These are just some of the activities we did.  We spread everything out over the entire week because they was just way too much to try and do in one day!  You can find most of these activities in my 100th day packet.  Click the image below to check it out!

We are starting our dental health unit this week!  This might be one of my favorite units all year!  Click here to see my post from last year on all of our dental health fun! Click on the image below to see the unit in my TPT store!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Magnet Mania (Featuring Inspector Magnet)

It's hard to believe it's already February!  Between Valentine's Day, the 100th day and our dental health unit...this is one of my favorite times of the year!  So much fun going on in the next few weeks.  We just wrapped up our magnet unit and I'm so excited to share some of the activities with you!

We did an activity called Buried Treasure where I buried several magnetic objects in a tub of sand.  Students used forks to comb through the sand and find objects to test with their magnet.  They record the magnetic objects they found on their recording sheet.

The next day we did an activity called Does it Stick?  I gave students a container of objects and a magnet.  They had to test each of the objects to see if they stuck and then circle yes or no.

They also took home a homework assignment where they were asked to locate magnetic objects in their house and record them on their recording sheet.

On the last day of our unit we made our Inspector Magnets!  He's a spin-off of the childhood favorite Inspector Gadget.  The kids had to help him solve the magnet mystery by testing several objects and only gluing the magnetic ones on their Inspector.

I used the templates from my magnet packet and then cut out rectangular strips for his hat.  They turned out super cute!!

All of the above activities, templates and more are included in my Magnets packet.  Click the image below to check it out!

We are celebrating our 100th day this week and gearing up for our dental health unit coming up soon.  We will be using lots of activities from the packets pictured below.  Click on either image to check them out!