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First Week of School and a Science Experiment!
19 Aug, 2012. 5 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Back to School, First Grade, Science. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Why hello everyone!! I’m so sorry that I have been MIA lately. This past week was my first week back with my new class and we all know how that goes! If I had it my way I would have been in bed by 7:30pm every night but alas that did NOT happen!!
My class is precious this year. They are eager to learn and excited about school which is awesome. I had my parents fill out a “Getting to know your child” page and I was shocked at how many of them had written to me saying that their child did not enjoy school.
That hurt my heart.
Kindergarten (in my opinion) is supposed to be FUN! I taught kinder for 4 years and LOVED it. I could not believe how many of my students were coming to me wounded from their kindergarten experience.
So, I upped my game even more than I usually do. I wanted to make sure that this class would have a fantastic first week and I would say it has been a success!!
To give you a quick recap here are a few things that we did.
{{Side note- is it just me or are the first week of school lesson plans the HARDEST to write?!?! My co-worker and I spent hours creating these plans!! }}
Simply the Highlights:
Tuesday:
On Tuesday morning the children entered into my classroom to find a bowl full of legos and a recording sheet on their desk. Their job was to sort the legos and then to color in the graph that went with the activity.
Tuesday was filled with procedure games. Stand up, sit down… Line em’ up… Find a friend…  and turn and talk.

I introduced the whole brain method, “Class, yes” and “turn and talk” on this day.
We also created some really cute Pete the Cats to decorate our classroom with.

We also played with “MAGIC play dough.” ((One of my students during this activity eagerly expressed, “THIS IS SO MUCH MORE FUN THAN KINDERGARTEN!!))

Wednesday:
Wednesday we once again played lots of procedure games, named our class pet Peaches (a Beta Fish), Introduced the Phonics Dance, Math Bins, and completed a team building puzzle activity.
Thursday:
Thursday we had our first edible estimation activity, introduced journal writing, read stories about David, talked about being a peacemaker in first grade, and practiced increasing our stamina during read to self.
Friday was a fantastic day! We had our first science experiment, had a Jello party and practiced journal writing and Read to Self again.
To begin our experiment we created an anchor chart of what scientists are and what they do and then got decked out in our super special lab coats.

Here are my little scientists ready for an experiment in their “lab coats” and their safety googles.

I then demonstrated the experiment whole group as we talked about predictions.
Then it was their turn!
If you would like to duplicate this science experiment you will need:

Bowls
Whole Milk
food coloring
Dawn dish soap
and Q-tips
First pour the milk into bowls and place the food coloring near the center of the bowl. (Kind of in the shape of a cross)
Then, dip your q tip into the center of the bowl and watch what happens!! 
My students LOVED this!! 

I hope that you all are having a great weekend and enjoyed these pictures of my recap!

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5 Comments
  1. Your students are so stinkin’ cute! I love that milk experiment and the last time I did it, my students gave me a standing ovation. The one thing I learned, though, was not all food coloring is created equal. I tried one brand and it was a dud.

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

  2. Angi -

    Sounds like a fun-filled first week! I agree that the first week’s plans are the hardest to write. I was so glad when we were back to a normal routine last week. :)

    Angi
    ★ First-Graders from Outer Space ★

  3. Awesome! Welcome back! Do you only have 8 students? Please don’t make me jealous and say “Yes”! I have 33 first graders with no help! There’s no way I could do that experiment the first week of school….can you imagine?!

  4. So fun!!! I love all the activities that you did–I hope you get to bed at 7:30 at some point during the school year.

  5. What is the magic dough? Is it moon dough or a home made playdough?

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  • Your students are so stinkin’ cute! I love that milk experiment and the last time I did it, my students gave me a standing ovation. The one thing I learned, though, was not all food coloring is created equal. I tried one brand and it was a dud.

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

  • Angi -

    Sounds like a fun-filled first week! I agree that the first week’s plans are the hardest to write. I was so glad when we were back to a normal routine last week. :)

    Angi
    ★ First-Graders from Outer Space ★

  • Awesome! Welcome back! Do you only have 8 students? Please don’t make me jealous and say “Yes”! I have 33 first graders with no help! There’s no way I could do that experiment the first week of school….can you imagine?!

  • So fun!!! I love all the activities that you did–I hope you get to bed at 7:30 at some point during the school year.

  • What is the magic dough? Is it moon dough or a home made playdough?

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