Monday, April 17, 2017

Excavating Dinosaur Bones!?!?

Along with our study of rocks and reading the story "Mr. Bones, Dinosaur Hunter", we had fun "excavating" some dinosaur bones of our own.  I passed out 2 Chips Ahoy cookies and 2 toothpicks to the kiddos.  They had to gently "excavate" the bones (chips) from all the sand, rock and dirt (cookie).  They were precious to watch! I don't think they realized how hard this was going to be.  Just look at this concentration. :) 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Research and Writing Center - Rocks

Our story in our reader last week was "Mr. Bones, Dinosaur Hunter" by Jane Kurtz.  I usually to a study on rocks along with this story.  Here is a picture of our research and writing center:

I used to call this the "discovery center" but have recently changed it to the "Research and Writing Center".  We always talk about how Scientists are constantly researching and observing things and then they write down their findings and keep journals.  Last year I started adding recording sheets (sometimes cutesy and sometimes just lined paper) so they can record their observations.  My firsties seem to enjoy writing about what they see and this just adds to our writing during the day - it's a win-win! 

Later that week I asked for the students to bring a small rock to school.  I glued googly eyes on them and we wrote about their rocks.  We also "adopted" them as pet rocks.  I don't know about you, but these rocks seem to come to life when you add eyes - lol! My firsties always love this activity and they take their job as a "parent" very seriously!!!

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