Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Animal Camouflage: How Creatures Hide

3 Mini Posters with: Disruptive Coloration, Concealing Coloration, Countershading, Disguise and Mimicry
Octopus Disguise Project - template for kids to design and hide in the classroom
Walking Stick or Katydid Disguise Craft - kids find a leaf or stick and create an insect hiding in its habitat
Concealing Coloration Scavenger Hunt - how-to instructions and recording sheet
Disruptive Coloration Savanna Scene - kids draw a predator and prey, showing how this coloration helps animals in the savanna
Butterfly or Moth Mimicry Project - template for kids to design a paper pet that uses mimicry (no Viceroy butterflies allowed)!
Countershading Ocean Scene - kids draw a predator and prey, demonstrating how this type of coloring helps animals survive


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Alien Tour: Show Me Your Landforms

3 landform projects given to kids by Vladimir the Extraterrestrial! Vladimir sends the kids 3 postcards from Saturn via a space capsule (tupperware). He wants to know a little more about Earth's natural landscape. - No, he does not want to take over our planet! - In one postcard, the alien shows the kids his planet (an alien world with a familiar landform). 


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Googie Math / Art

Free Download:

Practice your money skills and get creative with Shel Silverstein's "The Googies are Coming," from Where the Sidewalk Ends. What is a googie? Who knows?! Have kids write a definition for a googie. Next have them make a snapshot image of a googie. Then kids add up the cost of certain children! Once they figured out the different costs, they become googies and choose 5 children (draw/ add up the cost). 

Note: Tell kids googies want children to play with, so no one gets scared!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Cryptozoology: Learning with Cryptids

Kids turn into cryptozoologists and study 3 cryptids closely: Sasquatch, Loch Ness Monster and Chupacabra. Then they create a field report on any cryptid they would like to investigate!

TPT - $1 -

List of 50 Cryptids
Top 10 Cryptids That Turned Out to be Real
Task Sheets for the 3 Cryptids: math / art projects with measuring, fictional sighting report writing, adaptation activity and survey / data collection
Adapation Recording Sheets for the 3 Cryptids
Bar Graph Sheets for the 3 Cryptids
Field Report Assignment to Research Any Cryptid

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Character Analysis with Tattoos

Cool concept made for middle / high school kids that every age would enjoy!
Kids give characters a symbolic tattoo and have to support the choice of the design using examples in the text.

Rock Band Storypath

Storypath units promote children as active participants in their own learning. Students learn about topics through cross-curricular connections woven into an imaginative real-world scenario. They role-play and make critical decisions independently and collaboratively. Invite your students on a rock band adventure! This unit integrates Common Core standards with project-based learning. Students discover that what they learn in school is valuable, even for a rock star! -

Choose Your Own Adventure: Rock Cycle

Choose Your Own Adventure Style: Rock Cycle Wheel (free download) Students find images or draw pictures on their wheel. They fasten the two circles together and ride the rock cycle. They spin clockwise and counterclockwise, choosing their own adventure!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Entomology: Cross-Curricular Learning

Kids have fun investigating insects in their natural habitat!

TPT - $3 -

1. Letters and photos from Entomologist Greg prompting kids to do different experimentations.
2. 3 Insect Investigation Worksheets: identifying, describing, comparing and contrasting
3. Insect Trading Card Project: measurement and data collection
4. 4 Insect Posters: insect characteristics, non-insect characteristics, mouth parts and compound eyes
5. Insect Fraction and Graphing: oversized images of insects are hung up around the classroom and kids have to circle whether the specimens are insects or not. Then they make a graph of their findings and record fractions.
6. Ant Restaurant Experiment and Recording Sheet: kids have a menu and add their own items to a paper plate for experimentation. Then they graph the results of the experiment (as a class).
7. Label Ant Worksheet
8. Metamorphosis Monarch Sequencing Cards and Worksheet
9. Create Your Own Ladybug Sequencing Cards and Ladybug Lifecycle Worksheet
10. Lifecycle Comic Strip Tech Project
11. Incomplete Metamorphosis Worksheet: Grasshopper and Dragonfly
12. Butterfly Feeder Instructions: kids make daily recordings of the feeder
13. Letter from Greg prompting kids to research an insect from a different biome

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Botanical Expedition

Botanical Expedition - $1 -
Kids are given a project-based learning project where they go on a plant expedition to one of the biomes listed on the scientific fact cards (included in the pack). They discover a new plant species and record their findings by designing their own scientific fact sheets! 

After their individual project, they collaborate in a group and design life-size versions of real plants that exist around the world in different biomes (4 plants). This section is called plant superlatives because the plants have extreme attributes! Kids research interesting facts about the plant their group is assigned (after they create it to hang on the walls of your classroom)!

10 Biome Scientific Fact Cards / Mini-Posters
(labeled: blue (aquatic) and green (terrestrial)
1. Coral Reef
2. Wetlands
3. Desert
4. Deciduous Forest
5. Temperate Grasslands
6. Savanna
7. Taiga
8. Temperate Rainforest
9. Tropical Rainforest
10. Tundra