Its Sunday again! Sunday is one of those catch 22 days. I love getting up early and enjoying the morning but Monday looms in the future. Also... time changed today so I lost a precious hour. The light at the end of the tunnel is spring break in 9 school days.
Today I want to share with you the volcano projects I mentioned last week. My students have been studying earth changes. It has been a long unit, but the kids have been really into it. I mean how can you blame them... what is more exciting than earthquakes, volcanoes, and weathering? Ok... maybe not weathering, but overall it was a great unit.
Our final section of the unit was volcanoes and my school just got a mini iPad lab. My kiddos were so excited to get those little devices into their little hands.
I explained to the class that they were going to use the iPads to look up information about the interior structure of volcanoes. We brainstormed possible search terms.
A couple of days later (We don't get to do science every day.) I had my students get out their completed graphic organizer and they sketched their diagrams on a long piece of white construction paper folded into thirds.
|The clay was Crayola clay I ordered from Amazon for about $3 per box. Each box was more than enough for 4 kiddos. I have a lot of clay left over for a future project.|
|The example I gave my students.|
The final projects make a pretty impressive display!
I've also used this clay "painting" method for diagrams of nerves and the brain. I'm sure there are a lot of other ways to use it. If you think of one, please let me know by commenting on this post.
Well, I'm at the tail end of a new product I have been putting a lot of time and energy into for over a week. I'm so excited to post it when it is done. I thought I would leave a hint here. If you think you know what the product is, please comment below or visit my Facebook page and leave a comment on the related post there. I will be giving away the product to up to 3 people who guess correctly before I post it! Here are the hints:
Hint 1. 4th Grade ELA Common Core Standard
Hint 2. This product has required a Herculean effort from me!