Saturday, 13 December 2014

Interactive Science Journals Units Two and Three

Two more of my Interactive Science Journals have made it into the bundle... the last one, Weather and Seasons should be up soon! By the end of the month anyways. Click any of the pictures below to check them out on TpT.

Cluster 2: The Five Senses




These are the lessons/outcomes covered in this unit:

1. Unit title page idea
2. Learn vocabulary related to the senses
3. Match the sense to the body part



4. Label the parts of the eye
5. Graph the eye colours in the class
6. Find things in the classroom that feel a certain way
7. Listen to mystery sounds
8. Smell sounds
9. Label the parts of the nose
10. Sort foods by the taste buds used


11. Taste food
12. Name ways to protect the senses
13. Design sunglasses to protect the eyes (design process)
14. Describe how some things can be altered 
15. Describe how your senses protect you


16. Learn how your senses can mislead your (science experiment)
17. Name aids that help people with different capabilities
18. Compare differences in taste with a friend
19. Describe how you use senses in various hobbies & jobs


Cluster 2: Characteristics of Objects and Materials



These are the lessons/outcomes covered in this unit:

1. Unit title page idea
2. Unit vocabulary
3. Use five senses to list characteristics of different materials
4. Sort objects and the materials they are made up of


5. List all the materials that an object is made up of
6. Sort materials based on certain characteristics
7. Name the material that a group of objects is made up of
8. Match objects with the best material for it's purpose


9. Test which material would make the best umbrella (science experiment)
10. Choose the object that is best for the job
11. Name ways to join materials
12. Design a pencil holder or other useful object (design process)
13. Describe ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle at school


Don't forget I have a few Science freebies for you here:


And you can save a few bucks if you buy the bundle of journals here:


Last unit is coming soon! :) Laters!


Thursday, 11 December 2014

A Christmas Conversation Linky Party

I'm linking up with Abby over at The Inspired Apple for her cute Christmas Conversation linky party. Click the picture below to go link up yourself!



Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Christmas Blast From the Past

Seeing as I'm not in the classroom this year, I feel bad that I don't have any awesome classroom pictures to share with you. So I started going back through my old classroom photos and found some of my Christmas bulletin boards throughout the years. Some of these are from Grade 3/4, 4, and 1. Some you may have seen before and some will be new! Take a look...

Christmas Symme"tree": We made symmetrical Christmas ornaments out of scrapbook paper and hung them on our tree. We also made symmetrical snowflakes!


Christmas Symmetry Faces: I took a picture of the students wearing a Christmas hat (Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeer, or snowman hat), cut it in half, and had them draw the other half of their face! They turned out super cute!


Winter Pastels: We used oil pastels on blue construction paper to make Christmas/wintry scenes. This would be great to do with some writing! Prompts: What do you like to do in the winter? What do snowmen do when no one is watching?


Tissue Paper Trees: Photocopy a large tree for each student. Use a mixture of glue and water to modge podge tissue paper squares to the tree. Use different shades of green. It's ok to go outside the lines! We cut them out. Afterwards we decorate the trees with glitter glue.


Christmas Post Cards: I had students write a postcard instead of a letter one year. We talked about the parts of a postcard. Then I gave students a list of characters they could write to. This activity is available in my Jolly Letters unit.




Christmas Kindness: On a large light bulb, I had students write a way that they could spread kindness at Christmas time.


Poinsettia Artwork: This lesson was on Deep Space Sparkle. We used sponges to print the poinsettias, gold paint on the pots, and glitter glue to decorate.


Birch Tree Art: I also found these on Deep Space Sparkle. Tissue paper collage background and water colour birch trees. Super pretty, but a lot of work for fourth graders!


Christmas Kindness: Another year, the same writing activity.


Candy Cane Patterns and Christmas Quilt: We coloured candy canes in a pattern and wrote the letter name of the pattern. We also made a Christmas quilt when we were practicing the letter q. You can find the candy cane patterns for free in this post.


Elf Craft: These adorable crafts are from First Grade Blue Skies' Let's Make an Elf pack. We made these with our Grade 4 reading buddies.


Gingerbread Houses: We made a gingerbread house out of brown construction paper, scrap paper, and stickers. Then we wrote a descriptive paragraph about our house. You can get the writing paper for free in this post.


Pattern Trees: This was an adorable craft from Tunstall's Christmas Art Projects pack. We made repeating patterns with coloured shape ornaments.


Stockings: We made these stockings from my Christmas Around the World pack. We used oil pastels to decorate the stockings and added cotton balls at the top to give it the added fluff!


That's it for now! I hope you survive your last two weeks before Christmas vacation! You can do it! :)

Monday, 8 December 2014

Homemade Christmas Advent Calendar

Growing up at home, one of my favourite Christmas traditions was the advent calendar. It was a felt tree homemade by my mom with a variety of felt Christmas tree ornaments that we pinned onto the tree each day. Every morning my brother and I would take turns putting the ornament up on the tree. I'm pretty sure my mom and brother are still putting the ornaments up this year too! :) The last ornament on Christmas tree was always the star for the top of the tree. My brother and I would always take turns being the one to put the star up.

I wanted to start this own tradition with my little family, so I made an advent calendar for us. I know Zoe is a little too young to understand or appreciate it, but it will be here as she gets older. (Plus I have some time on my hands this year... hehe)


First up I checked Pinterest for some inspiration and found {this tree} and {this one} and {this one}. Next I went on a little shopping trip to Michaels and bought some felt, thread, buttons, bows, jewels, number stickers, and ribbon. I had tons of burlap at home from the wedding and a wooden dowel hanging out in the garage. Then I started making the ornaments. I sketched out what I wanted to make, using some of my favourite clipart as inspiration. I cut out felt, hot glue gunned the pieces together, stitched some of the edges, added some embellishments, and finally added a piece of thin ribbon. Here's a close up of all the ornaments I made:


Then I cut out the pieces for the tree. I used a Christmas tree clipart from Ashley Hughes and printed it out poster size. I cut out the different pieces, layered them on the burlap, and stitched around the edges. My sewing skills are not the greatest, but I love the way the bubbled fabric looks. It gives it a three-dimensional look! The hardest part was sewing on 25 buttons. I hate sewing buttons. I am never sewing another button as long as I live. A button fell of your pants? Trash it. We'll buy new pants. Haha JK! Kind of.


Lastly I cut out 2.5 x 2.5" squares of different coloured felt and positioned them on the bottom of the burlap. I sewed around three edges of each square to make a little pocket for each ornament. For the numbers, I found some glittery clapboard number stickers and hot glued them to the pockets. I also stitched around the outside of the burlap piece to avoid it fraying completely. I sewed three red felt tabs at the top of the burlap to stick the dowel through, then added ribbon to hang it!


So there we go! It was a lot of work, but I love how it turned out! I hope Zoe will enjoy decorating the tree as much as I did growing up. 17 more days until Christmas. Woo hoo! We just put our tree up tonight and most of the shopping is done. We've visited Santa and started our RACKs (Random Acts of Christma Kindness). Now to do some baking, head to all those Christmas parties, and enjoy our time with family! Merry Christmas everyone!



Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Show Us What You Bought! Linky Party

I'm linking up with the peeps over at Blog Hoppin' to show you what I scored from the Cyber Sale! I got some new clipart (of course) and a few things I can't wait to prep for next year! Click on any of the item pictures to check them out on TpT. There's still a few hours left to save!




Image Map


Image Map


Monday, 1 December 2014

December Currently

Is it really December already?? Somebody pinch me! It's the first of the month so time for CURRENTLY with Farley!




I can't believe how fast time is going. It seems like just yesterday I said good-bye to my firsties and welcomed my little one three days later! But now my little baby has turned 8 months, cut her first tooth, is a crawling and standing machine, and is going to be walking in no time! Look at how cute her Christmas photo shoot turned out...





What a little peanut! I think she is just too adorable for words. She was full of smiles and had a great time. (P.S. Don't I make a great Santa?? hehe) Love our photographer, Jenn Vogt. I am already thinking about doing a 1st birthday shoot!

Anywho, I'm planning on doing some December RACKs (Random Acts of Christmas Kindness) this month. Some days we don't leave the house, but when we do (especially since mommy has lots of Christmas shopping left to do!) we will spread some kindness along the way. I just love this time of year!

I have to get my house cleaned this week so we can pull out the decorations! We usually wait until the first weekend in December to decorate. I am a real-tree kind of girl, so I don't like to get it too early. We had an artificial tree our first year at our last house, but this is what happened to it:


Oscar decided he liked to sleep in the middle, creating a nice large gap. I gave it away for free at a garage sale. So it's been real trees ever since! I'm quite excited/nervous to see how Zoe deals with the tree. We might just decorate the top half this year.

Enjoy your week! Happy Christmas time to everyone! :)



Thursday, 27 November 2014

Interactive Science Journals

I am loving all the amazing interactive journals that I have been seeing all over the blog world. Unfortunately, I have never really had enough time in the day to be able to use the math or ELA journals. Our guided reading, writing, and math times are usually full to the brink that there isn't enough time to add in anything else! I decided that the one time during the day that I would be able to incorporate interactive journals is during Science!


In Manitoba, our Science curriculum is divided into four clusters. They are:

1. Characteristics and Needs of Living Things
2. The Senses
3. Characteristics of Objects and Materials
4. Daily and Seasonal Changes

I have designed four units that cover every outcome in these clusters. Every outcome has one lesson and interactive journal page (and sometimes there are two different lessons for each outcome). Even though these units are designed with the Manitoba Science curriulum in mind, the lesson activities and journal pages can be used by anyone in any province or territory or state! If you are studying living and non-living things, this unit is for you!

Each unit is designed the same way. For each outcome in the cluster/unit, there are lesson plan ideas and pictures, lesson materials (for whole group charts, sorts, etc.), and interactive science journal pages. These pages are designed to fit an 8-1/2x10" spiral journal, but you can easily shrink the pages or print two-to-a-page if you are using smaller journals.


So far, only the first unit is up on TpT, but I plan to have the other three units up by the end of December! Take a look at some of the lessons included in this unit...



These are the lessons/outcomes covered in this unit:

1. Unit title page idea (two wording options--"Characteristics and
Needs of Living Things" or just "Living Things")
2. List characteristics of plants, animals, and humans
3. Sort plants, animals, and humans
4. Label the major parts of the human body
5. Sort living and non-living things
6. Compare characteristics of humans and cats
7. Humans are all unique/graph hair colour


8. List different types of plants
9. Use a checklist to determine if objects are living or non-living
10. Compare how living things grow and change
11. Name the needs of living things
12. Describe how to care for a living thing (cat, fish, plant, or cow)
13. Test which sense is the most helpful to humans (science experiment)
14. Name which sense each animal uses to find their food


15. Compare how living things get their food
16. Build a habitat for a living thing (design process)
17. Name a job or hobby that requires knowledge of living things
18. Create a classroom healthy action plan with a weekly checklist
19. Describe how to show respect for a classroom pet or plant
20. Compare fact vs. fiction about plants or animals (using a book or movie
Jack and the Beanstalk or Goldilocks and the Three Bears)


These are the units that will be coming soon... by December 31, 2014! The Five Senses, Objects & Materials, and Weather & Seasons.


I have started a growing a bundle. The bundle will contain all four interactive science units. I have already uploaded the bundle (which currently only has the one unit in it) because there is going to be a HUGE TpT sale on Dec. 1 and 2, where you can save TONS of money! 28% off an already discounted bundle. Woo woo! When they other units are uploaded, you will be able to redownload the bundle at no charge to receive the new units. Click the picture below to check it out.


And of course I can't leave you without a freebie! You can download this "Interactive Science Journal: Introduction to Science" freebie pack from TpT by click the picture below. You will find a journal cover, scientist craft, scientific inquiry ideas, and more!