Saturday, May 5, 2012

Electricity, Field Day, and FREEBIES, Oh My!

First of all, WELCOME to all of my new friends and followers!  I am so glad to have you join us!

It has been a busy week, so this is going to be a long one!
Thanks and a shout out to Ms. Jessica at A Turn to Learn for her picture collage tutorial!

In science we are working on electricity and circuits and the kids had lots of electrical exploration fun this week.  I started out by giving each team a D-cell battery, a light bulb, and a large paperclip.  Their task was to try to get the bulb to light up.  It was tricky and the paperclips get hot, but they had a lot of fun.

For their next task, they were given the same battery and bulb, but this time they got two wires instead of the paper clip (no burned fingers, and a mini lesson on insulators.)  They had to try out various configutations and find the ones that created complete circuits.

The ideas and materials I used for this lab are from

On Monday, we will use the Blobz Guide to Electrical Circuits

and do some problem solving to repair incomplete circuits.

It was also field day on Thursday, so we spent the afternoon outside doing a rotation od fun stations including kick ball, Splish, Splish, Splash (think duck-duck-goose, but with water,) capture the flag, king pins, water brigadges, and finishing off with popsicles!

After being out in the hot sun all afternoon (in the 90's,)  we had our Desert Valley Showcase for Parents.  4th grade all created wordles about the important things they have learned this year.

...And now for the freebies...

OK, so I missed the boat on linking up with the Teacher Appreciation Jackpot,

but I will be giving away a lesson perfect for 3rd and 4th grade tomorrow! Over 130 other teachers will be giving lessons away as well! Check out the Teacher Appreciation Jackpot giveaway that will take place on May 6th.   Click on the image above to check out all the freebies and let the blog hopping begin!

Wait there's even more!  TPT is having a HUGE teacher appreciation sale May 6-8, and you gan get up to 28% off files from your favorite teacher authors!  My entire store will be on sale for this event, so be sure to stop by and grab some goodies!

Whew!  What a week, and another BUSY one coming up.  I will be ending the year with a unit on wordless picture books.  Do you have any favorites and/or activities to share?  I would love to see them!  Stay tuned to see what my kiddos come up with.  I'm sure they will be fabulous.
Only 13 more days for me!  Happy Cinco de Mayo and Teacher Appreciation Week!



  1. Love that idea for wordles:) We just used Tagxedo for Earth day activities. I think we may do your wordles next week for our Word Work:) Thanks for sharing:)

    4th Grade Frolics


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