Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Science Fair Fun

In my class we've been studying weather.  Last week, we made water cycle bracelets.  My kiddos said I was the best teacher ever!  {They're so easy!}

Water Cycle Bracelet Materials {per child}:
1 white pipe cleaner
1 yellow bead
1 clear bead
1 white bead
1 blue bead
1 green bead

On my Smart Board I displayed an image of the water cycle with each step labeled.  I used the Whimsical Weather unit from A Cupcake for the Teacher.  As we discussed each process of the water cycle we added the appropriate bead to our pipe cleaner.  To finish, I rushed around and twisted the ends of the pipe cleaner to make a bracelet.  It's a good hands-on visual for the little ones.

This week we watched the water cycle video on Brain Pop Jr. and checked out all of the information on our science fair display.  {Again, I used elements from the Whimsical Weather unit.}  We also completed our rain in a cup experiment.

Rain in a Cup Materials {per group}:
1 clear plastic cup
Barbasol shaving cream
food coloring
*In my test experiment at home I first used a Dollar Tree brand shaving cream... let's just say it didn't work so well.  The Barbasol brand worked much better.

Directions:  Add water to each cup {about 3/4 full}.  Next, add shaving cream to the top.  {To help move the process along, use a straw to make a thin spot in the shaving cream.}  Last, add food coloring to the shaving cream.  Within a few minutes, the food coloring will break through from the shaving cream and fall into the water.  {Like when clouds get so heavy they have to release the weight as rain.}

Our weather study experiment will be on display at our school's science night.  Along with all of the displays from other classes, there will be hands-on science activities for the students to do with their families.  It should be a fun night!

Next up, plants!  Here is my latest little kindergarten unit available in my TPT store.

Tomorrow I get to attend a professional development with Dr. Jean!  So excited!  :)


  1. Dr. Jean!? I'm so jealous! Have fun!

    I hope you can join my classroom photos linky party this week

    Kindergarten Schmindergarten

    1. Yes, it's called "No More Worksheets". I have to take a bunch of supplies so I'm sure it'll be an awesome day! :)

      I'm so embarrassed to share classroom pictures this year. I was thrown into it the weekend before school started and have never really gotten it settled the way I'd like it. I like to have the summer to plan it all out. I'll try to snap some pics when I go back to school on Thursday though.

  2. Hi! I love the rain in the cup activity! I have to try that one with my kids. I just found your blog, I'm your newest follower!
    Science for Kids Blog

  3. Your weather unit looks fun. I'm going to use some of these ideas with my pre kinders. Please follow me when you have a moment. Glad to be your newest follower.
    thank you

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