Sep 17, 2016
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