Worms- The Project
After we investigated worms, the kids decided on a mural as the project to show what they had learned. One thing they all helped with was painting the soil, then they worked in teams to make different parts of the mural. One team cut some green paper for grass. They studied what worm tunnels looked like and painted them onto the soil. After each team worked on the part of the mural they signed up for, they wrote information that they wanted to share about their part of the project. Another…
How I Plan and Implement Project/Inquiry Based Learning In My Class
Project/Inquiry Based Learning has been a passion of mine ever since I discovered it about 5 years ago. Since then, I have stepped out of m...
Learn What Dissolves in Water with a Preschool Science Experiment
Discover what dissolves in water with a fun, easy preschool science experiment. You'll just need water and a few pantry staples!
Transfer of Energy Marble Roll (Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational)
This week and last week have been nuts. It's taken a massive amount of organization and a whole lot of crockpot dinners to keep us going. Despite the way our schedule has blown up, I'm still fitting i
Fingerprinting Science Activity for Kids
Learn about fingerprinting for kids & play detective! Fun ideas for a CSI or spy party or science activity for preschool & elementary ages!
The Best Planning Books for Teaching Inquiry Based Science
Are you looking for ways to teach inquiry based science? This guide has books, research, and online resources to get you started!
Planning for a Full Day of Inquiry-Based Learning
Lately I’ve had the opportunity to work with educators who are either teaching Kindergarten for the first time or are moving from a half-day Kindergarten to a full-day Kindergarten program. I…
How Did We Explore the Concepts of Physics in Kindergarten?
Physics in Kindergarten? Absolutely! This is why play is so important in Early Childhood Education! How else could children begin to have a...
Morning meeting calendar
I found a great site, Mama Jenn, that had a great calendar for morning meetings. I decided to recreate one for my classroom and change a few things for my needs. (click on the Mama Jenn link for original calendar). I decided to keep the day, month and year (like Mama Jenn)- however I decided for the date to have proper dates instead of numbers. In Australia, our date goes day/month/year, so I also decided to put them in that order on my board. I downloaded a 2012 calendar from…
Explain How Soap Works with a Simple Experiment
Unicorns and Glitter help teach kids why we use soap in a simple, science experiment and a fun book!
Today I thought I'd share a strategy I use to help my students communicate their thinking during the inquiry process. See, Think, Wonder is a thinking routine I use with my students to help them think critically about an object or idea and express their ideas with others. See, Think, Wonder is a strategy that…
APRENDER INGLÉS – ¿POR DÓNDE EMPIEZO?
Aprender idiomas en el extranjero: ¿por dónde empiezo? Tarde o temprano, llega el momento de hacer las maletas e irse a aprender un idioma al
Force and Motion Inquiry- The Introduction
Ramps and a Focus on Persistence Here are some activities that have been going on since December during the kids play: Do you see the reaccuring theme in their play? These kids have been obsessed with ramps and creating motion! One child created a catapult out of blocks! So we have decided to inquire about force and motion. I have a feeling this will also take us into some simple machines! As the kids made ramps, the problem solving, teamwork and persistence amazed me. These are qualities I…
What Makes Sound?
This science center display helps children explore sound with common objects. I collected "found" items to display on the tray with a sign, "What makes a sound?", to invite children to explore. The first tray has