Welcome back the elementary-education-major side of Kat’s 9 Lives.
Today we are going to do an experiment to show young minds the importance of taking care of our bones…because bones keep us upright, and no one wants to look like this:
Just pretend that you are back in fifth grade for a minute as I walk you through the steps of the scientific method.
1. Question – How do different drinks affect our bones?
2. Hypothesis – We are often told that milk is good for our bones, and we are discouraged from drinking soda. Therefore, we hypothesize that milk will strengthen bones and soda will weaken bones.
3. Experiment – For our experiment, we will soak eggs in three different liquids: 2% milk, Coca-cola, and distilled white vinegar. Bones and eggs are both strengthened by calcium carbonate, so any affects to the eggs’ shells are similar to what would happen to a bone.
3 seal-able plastic containers large enough to hold an egg
2 % milk
distilled white vinegar (although most people do not drink white vinegar, I included this liquid out of curiosity)
Place all three eggs in separate containers.
Fill each container with a different liquid so that the egg is covered.
Seal each container, and refrigerate for several weeks.
4. Analysis – Observe the eggs at different stages over the next few weeks. I placed the eggs in their various liquids on March 1. Here is how they looked on later dates:
5. Conclusion – This experiment proved that Coca-cola can effect the composition of bones (as seen by the bumpy substance that formed on the egg shell after a month of soaking). This experiment did not prove that milk will strengthen bones. There was no observable change to the egg soaked in milk.
As an education major, some of our required assignments are nothing more than gathering materials to use in our classrooms. In the present age, a list of web-based games is considered a necessary material. Here are ten of my favorite games that I have found this year.
Analogies – Students must determine which word correctly completes the analogies. Words will only appear twice, so they need to think quickly!
Guess the Homonym – SumSome students have a hard thyme time trying too two to determine the write right homophone or distinguish between homonyms. This game can help.
Food Chain Game – As students learn about all the components of a biome’s food web, this game can help them review and practice putting producers, consumers, and decomposers in order.
Photosynthesis Respiration Game – This game leads students step-by-step through the process of human cell respiration and plant cell photosynthesis. Students must truly understand both concepts to successfully play the game.
America on the Move – Perhaps the greatest evidence of our world’s advances is in the realm of transportation. America on the Move provides three different games that help children learn about the history of transportation.
Fruit Shoot Fractions – This game, reminiscent of Fruit Ninja, requires students to “shoot” the answer to a fraction addition problem. Because there are many levels, students of many different grades can play the game.
Pre-Algebra Addition Shootout – Children who love soccer will enjoy choosing their goalkeeper, jersey color, an skill level before solving a variety of simple algebraic equations.
Arthur’s Lunch-o-Matic – This tray needs some Vitamin A! Students must choose the food that fits the cafeteria worker’s description. The game will help children learn the benefits of eating a variety of foods.
Blast Off! – Children’s bodies are just like rocket ships–they need fuel! In this game, students fill their plate with a wide variety of foods to get enough fuel for an active day.
This semester, I took a class about physical, cognitive, and psychosocial growth from birth through the teen years. In addition to our textbook, we were required to read The Five Love Languages of Children by Dr. Gary Chapman.
I loved the book, and I read it within only a few days (even though we were supposed to read it throughout the whole semester). As I read, I started thinking of ways that people have shown me love throughout my life. I also pondered how I show my love for them. Parents, extended family, significant others, children, and friends all need to feel our love. The problem is that the words “I love you” sometimes seem inappropriate or inadequate. Thankfully, there are hundreds of other ways to tell somebody that you love them.
This is my final week of working at a daycare for the foreseeable future. While I will miss my kids and coworkers, I am looking forward to the adventures that await me this summer. As I was reflecting on the past few years as a daycare staff member and supervisor, I realized that I have gained some odd habits because of my time with the kids.
Top Ten Signs that You Work at a Daycare
1. Whenever you are with a group, you start counting bodies to ensure that no one has run away.
2. You accidentally tell your friends to quiet down and then realize that you are not responsible for them.
3. “Potty” is a common word in your vocabulary.
4. Your room is decorated with children’s paintings and drawings.
5. Animal crackers are your go-to snack.
6. Nap time is when you complete the most work.
7. Your bladder can hold a large amount for a long time.
8. You strongly emphasize the muscle- and bone-building power of milk.
9. You understand that a Hello Kitty or Power Ranger Band-Aid can heal any wound.
10. You greatly appreciate the fence around the playground.
Creative bulletin boards can be used to teach, entice, and amuse students. However, teachers often encounter a variety of problems as they begin stapling together all the pieces. Thankfully, most of these problems can be easily fixed.
Problem: You do not have enough matching letters to spell out your sentence.
Solution: Emphasize key words by using a different font.
Problem: You cannot hang letters in a straight line.
Solution: Purposefully and artfully hang them crooked.
Problem: You don’t have time to change your background paper.
Solution: Leave paper on the board from the previous board.
Problem: You don’t have enough border.
Solution: Use multiple borders or only place border along the sides.
Yesterday, I discussed the abstract beauty of spilt milk. Today, I am going to teach you how to spill your milk in a beautiful way.
I have done this craft with both elementary students and college peers, and both groups enjoyed naming their creations. With basic craft-cabinet supplies and a little bit of creative thinking you can make your own abstract paintings as well.
Fold each sheet of paper in half.
Squeeze a small puddle of paint onto the middle of the paper.
(Optional: use a straw to blow or smear the paint around the paper.)
Happy Fiesta Friday! Every fiesta needs a pinata, and I have a simple method for making miniature pinatas with elementary-aged children. They require no papier mache, no cardboard, and no candy (thus, no sugar-high!)! Simply color, cut, fold, and glue to make adorable, fiesta-worthy pinatas.
DIY Pinatas for Kids
Print templates (found below). You will need at least one template per child.
Color the sheet
Cut out the shape
Fold on every line and make a definite crease
Securely glue the tabs underneath
And there you have it! If you want, you can put a small piece of candy on the inside of each pinata and attach a string to one side.
Happy Fiesta Friday! What are you bringing to the party?