Monday, September 26, 2011

Apple Science Activities

I know science week is this week and I am excited to see what everyone posts. I'm not sure that I have a lot of stuff to add to the party. But Friday we had our first science lesson. It was all about apples to finish up our apple week. I have been inspired by all the other blogs and their apple activities. I had seen a chart I really liked at Eberhart's Explores. (Click here to see here post about apples.) So I made a green apple, yellow apple and a red apple out of butcher paper but I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with. I originally thought I would do like I had seen on the blog, but I was going to print off their names using word art so they could color it to match their names. I was going to have them graph their favorite by putting their name on the right color apple.
But I woke up at 1:30 am on Friday morning and didn't go back to sleep until around 4:30 am. I do my best thinking at these times, which could be why I'm not able to go back to sleep. I got this idea that we could do science with our apples. And if I had a lab coat I could pretend to be a scientist when the kids came in. Luckily my boyfriend is a vet and has lab coats. He was happy to bring me one to school. When the students came in I had a lab coat and goggles on and told them I was a scientist. We talked about what scientist do and how they use their five senses.
I turned my apples into a kind of KWL chart. Only mine said, we know, we learned and we observed. We started by listing anything we knew about apples. Then I read them the book Apples by Gail Gibbons. I love this book. It has so much good information about apples. We then added information to our we learned chart. I then gave partners an apple and magnifying glass. They were suppose to be looking at their apple with it. We used our five senses to write on our we observe chart. I thought I had told the kids not to eat their apple because they were going to get apple slices in a few minutes. But apparently I hadn't and one little girl took not one bite out of her apple but several bites. Her partner told me I should have told them first. So maybe they were both eating off the apple. They got to try red, yellow and green apples and then color their name to match and put on the chart. After we finished our science we had some artsy fun and did apple prints. I'm not sure I took any pictures of how messy they got but it was messy. I'm not sure why some of the kids thought it was a good idea to wipe their hands on their clothes but I'm glad I had washable paint. Their prints didn't turn out as well as I had hoped but I'm thinking they'll get better with painting the more we do it. So check out our pictures of all our apple fun. I can't wait to see all the science week posts.
The apple chart

Apple Print making

I thought I had some pictures that didn't have the kid's faces in them of them examining their apples but I didn't and I'm a little unclear as to how to get blur their faces. We had a lot of fun with this and were so busy no one had time to get in trouble which is always good. Check out Science week!
Science Week

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