This week, my mini-mete0rologists are learning about the wonders of weather. What a great hands-on, springtime unit this is! I used my morning message for students to show some of their background knowledge about weather (side note: I lovvvve the sound spelling for earth quake!).
One of our district science objectives is for kindergarten students to know that the sun is the Earth's source of light and heat. So on Monday we started off the unit with a very, very easy project to help us remember this important fact!
Students cut their own circles for the sun by rounding off the corners. Some were better at this than others!
Then, they wrote our science fact on the sun.
Students got good fine motor practice by accordion folding the sun's rays.
Viola! Easy peasy Monday afternoon project!
Today, we learned all about the wind. I focused the lesson on two main facts: wind is moving air and wind can blow from different directions. Sometimes the weather books written for children can get way too in-depth for kindergarten. Has anyone else ran into this?
After reading a few books on wind, we did a fun experiment. We used a fan to see what objects would move in the "wind" and what objects wouldn't. First, students made a prediction and then we tested our predictions. Students loved being scientists and followed along very well! Here is the table that I used for this. I did this activity with the whole class gathered around the fan. The kids used clip boards to write. You could also do it as a center if you have parent help or gasssp---an assistant (if you are incredibly lucky and have one!).
Here is the table that I used for this.
Happy hump day tomorrow!