Sunday, March 29, 2015

Air & Weather Freebies, Day 2 - Games and More

Welcome to Day 2 of the Air & Weather freebies!  Today's focus:

It's no surprise that I love using games to engage my students in learning.  Here are a few weather-themed games and graphing activities I have created for my students.  I hope you can use them!

Need to get your students up and moving?  Try a cloud race:

Ready to review?  Check out this weather Bingo game from Barnard Island:

Not only do kids love games, but they also love art projects.  Here are some great ideas I've had my eye on for inspiration (sources below):

Sources Numbered in Order
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Last year we used the kite art (bottom row) as inspiration and created these:

Click on the picture below for today's freebies:

I hope you have gathered some great resources.  Come back again tomorrow for more freebies!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Air & Weather Freebies, Day 1 - Clouds

Welcome to the first of four days of Air & Weather freebies!  Today's focus:

Living in the Pacific Northwest, clouds can be found almost every day in the spring, which is why it's the perfect time to teach this unit.  One of the first things we do is fill out the first two columns of this KWL chart about clouds {courtesy of Kristen Smith}:

Once I have gathered data about what students already know, we move onto gathering more information.  Some of my favorite cloud books:

Last year we made this booklet for clouds {courtesy of Traci Clausen}:

I'm not going to lie - these books are a bit thick once the cotton balls are added, but the kids LOVE them!  If you're looking for something a little bit simpler, we've also made these in the past to fit in our science notebooks:

You can also do a variation of this with a flip-flap book:

I love to tie Science in with my other subject areas.  Since second graders always need practice writing paragraphs, clouds make a great topic.  I have the kids organize the information they want to share on a web before we start writing our first drafts:

Need something extra?  Something special and eye-catching?  Check out this craft {courtesy of First Grade Blue Skies}:

Looking for something a little different?  My students created these torn paper collages after reading, It Looked Like Spilt Milk:

Need a little science experiment?  Have your students watch the clouds until it rains:
{Source: Reading Confetti}

Once my kiddos can distinguish between the different types of clouds, I have them use their cloud viewers each day.  We record the data each day and graph it at the end of our unit. 

Click on the picture below for today's freebies:

Need a weather calendar?  Here's one we have used to track the weather and temperature daily.  You could also use it to track the types of clouds.  Just click on the picture below to grab a blank copy:

I hope you have gathered some great resources.  Come back again tomorrow for more freebies!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Get Ready - Four Days of Air & Weather Freebies

One thing I truly miss about being in the classroom this year is teaching my Air and Weather unit.  To keep connected, I've decided to share some of my favorite FREE resources with you.  As promised, I'll be posting a little bit of this pack with you each day.  These freebies will only be available here on the blog.

So come back and visit me tomorrow for the first day of fun!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Scoop

Between a 4-year old who has been sick and a 9-month old who is trying to cruise the furniture and bumping into everything, our pictures keep getting postponed.  Fingers crossed I can get them in before too much longer!  

Groceries & Laundry - enough said!

I'm working on a series of blog posts with Air & Weather freebies from a little pack I've been putting together.  Right now I'm trying to organize everything into 4 days of freebies.  Stay tuned!

I also just finished reading What Alice Forgot. It was a good read.  I almost skipped the epilogue, but glad I didn't!

I have been on the waitlist for this Jodi Picoult book for awhile.  I can't wait to start!

It may not be glamorous, but it's my happy reality:

Head over to the Teaching Trio for your Sunday Scoop!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Write About Spring {Freebie}

I'm back with a quick little freebie for you.  A few months ago I posted a winter set of prompt cards.  I decided to match it with a little spring set that I hope you can use.   

Click here to grab this set.  Enjoy :)