Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Winter Science Activities

Winter can be a challenge especially just coming back to the classroom after the holiday break.  A great way to keep students interested and active in the classroom in providing hands on activities to make learning fun.

Science is a great subject to incorporate hands on learning and experiments. I came across this wonderful article with ideas that will work with various grade levels.

http://cocopreme.hubpages.com/hub/Easy-Snow-and-Ice-Experiments

Here is just a sample of one of the activities presented in the article. Enjoy!

Salt and a String

Kids can perform a “magic trick” with an ice cube, a string, and salt. Place an ice cube in a cup of water. Cut a piece of string a few inches long. Have the kids try to pick up the ice cube using just the string and not their fingers. They will see that it does not work.
Now dip the end of the string in the water and lay it across the ice cube. Sprinkle some salt on top of both the ice cube and the string. Wait a minute or so and then try to pick up the ice again using just the string. It should work this time because the salt will have melted the ice slightly and the water will have refrozen around the string. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

End of the Year Christmas Sale!

Just stopping by to thank everyone for a great year and for following and finding interest in what I do to provide for students with special needs.

To thank you, I am hosting a sale at my TpT store Adaptive Tasks. Save 20% on everything in my store and prepare your classroom or home school for the coming new year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Holiday Classroom Stress

As the end of the year and holidays approach, class time can become a place of stress if not managed with some extra things in mind.

Students become antsy from the excitement that surrounds the Christmas holiday and it is hard to remain on track in order to meet curriculum needs.

With the thought of extra time off and the excitement of holiday festivities it is important to try to stick to as much routine as possible and reinforce the rules that were given at the beginning of the year.

The following article explains how to keep the learning going and hopefully bring a stress free environment before holiday break.

https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/article/keep-learning-going-during-holiday-vacation-times