Friday, March 30, 2012

Science lately

I've been absent from blogging for over a month, oh my! Lots of pictures to share but I'll stick with science today. I have to share a few random pics from today too. Tomorrow's my birthday so we celebrated it at school today.

This was an awesome way to start a Friday morning. I got the cutest birthday gift from a sweet child. Didn't her mom do a great job putting this together?!

Here's what I found when I got to my room this morning.
I've eaten so many brownies, pieces of cake, and other sweets today(blew the diet, oops). I have the best coworkers ever!

Now onto science.
I've been taking pictures all along I've just been so busy (or lazy) to post lately.
We've studied animals and had many classroom pets...

humongous earthworms and...

giant snails!
The kids loved getting their hands on these guys.

Then we spent a few weeks on dinosaurs and fossils. The kids became real paleontologists and used these notebooks daily to take notes.
I love the fire-breathing dinosuars (they were a very rare breed you know).

We labeled lots of pictures and wrote about paleontologists, characteristics of dinosaurs, and fossils.

We also made our own fossils and then pretended we were at a museum and walked around and looked at all the amazing fossils.

We talked about not touching (but do you see that little guy at the bottom touching!) and using quiet whisper voices to discuss the cool fossils in our "museum".

And now we've started a space unit. So far we've studied the sun, stars, and moon. We painted suns to brighten up our room! Best idea ever... q-tips for painting. Just throw them away, no cleaning the brushes. Plus I like the dotted look on some of them.

Next week we're studing the planets and astronauts and their tools. Luckily, my dad works for NASA and has given us tons of really cool pictures taken by the space telescope and X-ray observatory. NASA has lots of things that they give away including coloring books, bookmarks, postcards, posters, and stickers (all of real outer space images). I don't know exactly how to get it but it'd be worth googling.