Saturday, October 31, 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Apples Experiment

I'm trying to incorporate more science experiments in my classroom this year. My 1st and 2nd graders had such a wonderful time with our Apple Experiment. An apple experiment is a great way to tie your fall activities together, especially if you are planning a trip to the apple orchard.

Here is what you need to do your own class experiment.

4 jars
an apple
magnifying glasses
a knife to cut the apple
recording sheet (available at end of blog post)

Place a quarter of the apple in each jar. Have the students add oil to one jar, vinegar to another, and water to the third. Leave the fourth one to have only air. 

We labeled the jars and observed the apples for a week. My students were constantly checking on the apples throughout each day.

This picture shows the beginning of the experiment.

This picture shows the end of the experiment. 

What happened?
The apple,exposed to air, started to oxidize. The apple in the vinegar had brown spots all over it. The apples in the water oxidized a bit, but compared to the other apples in liquid it wasn't that much. In the oil, the apples also oxidized a bit. Another liquid to use in this experiment would be lemon juice.
Definition of oxidize-when the apples come in contact with the oxygen in the air and begin to react by turning brown.
When we were finished we documented the results. My little guys have begged for more experiments ever since!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fire Safety Week

It's Fire Safety Week! If you teach little ones like I do, I'm sure you are thinking about what activities to do with them. I created my Fire Safety Pack just for the occasion.

I love to create books with little ones so I include little books in a lot of my products. I also have a game, matching cards, posters, etc... Everything you need to teach your children about fire safety.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Pick 3 Linky

It's time to join us for the Pick 3 Linky! Here are my top 3 for this month! I am really trying to work in more science experiments in my classroom and fall is a great time to incorporate some great ones!

(click on the pictures to go to those pins)

Here is a pin that leads to a website that is packed full of fall experiments.

Here is another one with some great science experiments. Looks great for Halloween!

I love getting in some art projects when I can! These leaves are precious and my students will love them!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Farley Link Up

It's that time! It's time to link up with Farley again!
Listening: I am so tired and sometimes just sitting in silence in the evening is so theraputic. 

Loving: I am lucky that I have a well-behaved class this year. I have a high group of 1st/2nd kids and I am thrilled that there are no problems with my wonderful babies!

Thinking: My husband and I have so many things to do this weekend. From errands to laundry we are going to be busy!

Wanting: We ordered a new custom couch! It is ready and we are picking it up Sunday. Horray! It's been ready for weeks, but our truck has been in the shop for 3 weeks! Ugghhh!!!  We have had to wait that long!

Needing: A personal assistant. Yep! I have way, way, way, way, WAY too much on my plate! I wish I had help. I would like a teacher assistant, a personal chef, a housekeeper, a gardener, a personal assistant, etc... That would all help so much!

Boo-tiful: I think pumpkins are boo-tiful! They are my favorite part of October. I love the seeds the best! They are yummy!