Friday, April 25, 2014

Springing into Science Blog Hop



I am excited to be a part of this fun Science themed blog hop.  As a busy kindergarten teacher, I find that I don't have a lot of time to devote to all things Science. Literacy & math take up lots of time.  But, our Kinder kids recently had the opportunity to participate in a special presentation by our county Soil and Water Conservation department.  My Kinders got to be Soil Scientists for an afternoon!

 Our guest presenter, Mrs. Benson, taught us about the types of soil in our area.
 Each student was given a "soil" sample made from kitchen ingredients such as cornmeal, cocoa, and flour.  After observing the samples with their eyes, ears (shaking the containers), and noses, the kiddos got to feel their samples.  Mrs. Benson gave the kids words to describe their "soil."  Rough, smooth, powdery, etc.  Some samples included cinnamon ~ which smelled much better than real dirt!
 Before adding a spoonful of water, the Kinders were instructed to give a practice stir in the air.  Mrs. Benson explained that soil scientists add water when studying soil.  The samples really did mimic different soil types ~ the cornmeal was like sand, and the cocoa/flour mix really looked like real mud!

After stirring their little pots of "dirt," the kids had fun trying to make mud balls.
I plan to schedule this presentation with my future Kinders.  What a great, hands-on way to learn about our Earth & be scientist for the day!
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13 comments:

  1. Being soil scientists looks like so much fun! We bet your kiddos has a blast!!
    Kelly and Kim’s Kindergarten Kreations

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    1. They really did! And, they really enjoyed sharing the experience with the other two Kinder classes.
      Linda

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  2. Every day is interesting and fun. Some days are a lot more fun than others though LOL !!

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  3. Nice pictures to illustrate your post! :)

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  4. You gave me lots of new ideas to help teach about soil. Thank you!

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  5. I am going to try and copy your soil "creating/making". It looks like WAY TOO MUCH FUN!

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  6. Everything! It's my passion. I love seeing the expression on a child's face when he/she learns a new skill!

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  7. Knowing that you are learning together with them!

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  8. I love watching everything "click" and their amazement at how much they have learned
    Julie

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  9. I love being a part of our future and helping kids do the very best they can!

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