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Valentine's Day Science Fun

This teacher knows how to throw a Valentine's Day party! We started with an experiment!

The materials we used were just things I found under my sink or in the fridge! It's hard to believe that the hardest part was finding cups that were clear, without going to buy some of course. Who wants to go the easy way out! It was just too cold for a Wal-Mart trip:)
-clear cups
-candy hearts (or really you can use any holiday themed candy like candy corn for the fall)
-salt water
-regular water(to compare)
- Peroxide 
I had the kids come up and put some hearts in each of the beakers/vase(Yes, I had to use a vase, because again, COLD! ha!) If I were to go get cups, I would have put the kids in groups, but I knew we were going to be pressed for time and the kids were antsy for the party anyways!
The kids made initial observations on what was happening in each of the cups. Then I let them open their Valentine's! 

I had them make observations through out the party to note any changes. I loved hearing their conversations about what was happening in the cups!
Some noted that "There are bubbles in the Sprite, but not in the Coke." Another said, " These may start dancing like our raisin experiement!" 
They just look like little scientists! I love it!! And what would a classroom party be without a little mess!?! I just had to laugh when the kids told me about the spill. By that part of the day, boy was I Valentined out! The kids had a great time and made some awesome observations from our experiment! 

Adjective Scoot

We have been doing adjective activities most of the year! I love when my students are more descriptive in their writing! This week, I was looking for a new craft for the kids to do with adjectives. I found the coolest pack on Teachers Pay Teachers! Best part: it was a free one!
Yes, I know it says holiday sweater and boy do I wish I had found this before Christmas, but there were so many sweater options that weren't Christmasy that I had the kids pick from! They had to color their sweater with 3 star coloring. Then they glued it to a piece of white construction paper. This is were my brilliant idea came in;)
I laid out all the sweaters on the desks, I didn't care what desk. Then we played a scoot game with them! The kids had to come up with one adjective to describe each sweater. The trick was it couldn't already be on the paper! The first few rounds were easy! Then it started it get tough!
I had them sit down in the seat and stand up when they were finished so I would know when to have them switch. We have never done an actual "scoot." I usually have them do Scoot cards Task Card style so they can take the time they need. I was so proud of how well the scooted all around the room. It was so much fun watching them!

I can't wait to use these sweaters before Christmas so we have so many more options! My students will love it! 

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