Re: Social Studies/Science Units

    On 9/11/16, DonnaR/CA wrote:
    > On 9/10/16, Cindy wrote:
    >> Does anyone do any fun units in Science or Social Studies
    >> that they would like to share? I'm looking to make a few
    >> changes in that area. Thanks so much for your input!
    > In the Spring, I do a plant unit with my K's, though I
    > don't think it's anything earth-shattering. I collect glass
    > jars from parents during the year (pickles, spaghetti
    > sauce, salsa and other acid-based foods come in glass
    > jars). Then I have the kids put a few red kidney beans (the
    > kind you buy at the grocery store in a little bag) inside
    > paper towels, get the paper towels a little bit wet, and
    > then put the jar in our windows. They get to watch the bean
    > sprout. Of course that leads to the "parts of the plant"
    > booklet that we do.
    > We hatch chickens from eggs. True, last year we only got
    > one chick, but it was exciting.
    > I just started a unit on Sound, since I have a K/1 combo
    > this year. Our first "experiment" was with wooden rulers,
    > hanging 9" over the end of a table, holding the other 3"
    > tightly onto the table, and pressing the open end. What
    > sound does it make? What causes that sound? (Vibration.)
    > Next one will be rubber band on a paper cup. I may get the
    > glass jars out early and let the kids "play tunes" on them,
    > towards the end of the unit. Admittedly this unit came from
    > a book on Science units, not sure who the publisher was.
    > As for social studies, we started with citizenship and will
    > roll into community workers. I touch on history all year,
    > every time there's a holiday that has a historical
    > background.
    > Donna