Friday, April 24, 2015

Five for Friday: Earth Week in Domikiddos

This was definitely a science week for me and I was so proud of myself for doing so much of it! LOL! I have to admit that it is definitely my weakest link. We do TONS of writing, reading, and math but squeeze in the others when we can.  My own boys have been very difficult to get to be readers. I have tried everything under the sun to make it exciting. Seriously, we probably have hundreds and hundreds of books and periodicals. This book was the first one to grab their attention. I had forgotten about it until I was going through our book shelf at bedtime the other night. Then a light bulb went off! I could read this with my kiddos and hopefully get them excited about science. It was prime opportunity with Earth Day on Wednesday. We talked about being scientists and the meaning of a hypothesis before we began. I created a page where they would write their hypothesis before we did some research in helping write their facts. I was really impressed with the amount of thought they put into this activity. I intended to only show one or two but they were so darn cute! You can skip to number 2 if there is too much here. LOL!

Day 1: Why does the wind blow?
"I think the wind blows because we need air."

"I think the wind blows because I think God makes it."
 "I think the wind blows so we can fly kites."
"I think the wind blows to keep me warm." 

Day 2: Why does thunder come after lightning?

We were jammin' to Jack Johnson's "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" while we worked on many of our Earth day activities.  As a class, we generated lots of ideas of how we can promote choices to the environment around us. I gave each student a cheat sheet with many things related to earth to help guide their writing. After water coloring the earth, they attached it to their writing piece.

I have told you before how much I love to work out. It is an obsession, I will admit. I love CARDIO! I can run, do elliptical, and go to jazzercise in the morning before my eyes even open but I am HORRIBLE with strength training! I ice-skated for many years growing up and it really made my legs strong which is why I rocked those kick ball games as a kid. However, if you ask me to do a push up, forget it! I am a lover of amazon prime and saw this tower to help build your core come up as a daily deal and I just couldn't pass it up. I can do pull ups, push ups, drops, and abs all on one piece. I have been tackling it this past week and I am sore! My other thing I love is my workout clothes. Who doesn't love some sassy leggings to give them the energy they need? I had to laugh when I saw the two comics below. They both nail it for me!
 Weider Power Tower

Another activity related to the Earth this week was "Why is the sky blue?". The kids took the black atmosphere, added the circular world with their own green landforms.  We then added the rainbows to show the colors of the waves but also learned that the sky is blue because those are the waves we see the most of in our eyes!

 If you are a working mom with littles at home, you know that mornings are very hectic. I always have gotten the kids ready by myself in the morning and done pick up as well because my husband leaves early and travels far to work. I tell him that I feel like half my day is over after getting three kids ready and out the door to their places before I even get to work! I am usually chasing one or trying to get another dressed. I loved this particular morning when my lil guy was so fascinated with the mirror that I actually had time to blow dry my hair. LOL! I know these years will pass quickly so I try to embrace every moment =)


With that smile, we wish you a wonderful weekend!!

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