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7 Sep, 2013. 9 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, First Grade Science, Kindergarten Science, Preschool Science, Science. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we started our first “science theme” of the school year. I start my year with weather because it echoes both my Math and Language Arts curriculums. In Math right now we are recording the weather and temperature each day during our calendar time and in Language our stories this week were centered around “storms.” 
My students absolutely LOOOOOOVED this week of school. We studied the three types of clouds: cirrus, cumulus, and stratus and also began to understand the water cycle. 
As an extension to understanding the water cycle and water vapor, we made these really beautiful mosaic rain drops. They took me longer to prep then they took the students to complete but they look amazing in our classroom windows. One of my students gasped after they were all up and said, “Oh, Miss Smith! They are just so beautiful!!” 
Yes, I think so too.
To create this project you need contact paper, blue construction paper, and blue tissue paper. 
Before the activity, I precut the rain drops (sorry, I just cut them out so there is no template) and I stuck them onto contact paper. 
Then I cut up a bunch of tissue paper.
After our mini lesson, we completed the project and hung them up! 
{As an aside, a great visual for water vapor is to take a clear plastic cup and breathe into it!}
So beautiful! 
I found these GREAT videos on youtube to help bring these topics to life for my students! Check them out, my students LOVED them. 
This first one is a great mini-lesson on the three types of clouds.
This next one is called the Water Cycle Boogie which my kids ADORED!
And finally, no unit on weather would be complete without the water cycle song!
All of these and a few more videos and songs are located on my youtube site! Feel free to subscribe! Click the link below to get taken there!
After reading the book “Cloudette”…. {LOVE!!!!!}
{Here’s a trailer for the book!}
….We created cumulus clouds out of shaving cream and glue! We are still finishing the writing to go with this but once they are finished, I will share them with you!
After we read a ton of picture books on clouds, created anchor charts about each type of cloud, and wrote about them, I handed out our brand new cloud books. 
My students were so excited to have real life Science Notebooks. We discussed how Scientists take notes and label their pictures to remember all the things they see. We then reviewed the three different types of clouds and ventured outside to go observe the clouds! 
My students LOVED this. I wish I took a video of the conversations as this was happening. They were pointing at different clouds, using the correct terminology, and recording such great observations!
At the end of the day on Friday, we ended our week with the “cloud in a jar” science experiment. This is an oldie but a goodie! First graders go wild for this one! Actually, this class was SILENT as they were experimenting on their own. They were observing so intensely!! 
This was by far my favorite week thus far this school year and my students have learned SO much. I can’t wait for next week when we dive into tornadoes and “extreme weather!” 
All of these activities (except for the rain drops) can be found in my Weather Activities pack! Just click on the button below to get taken to it! 
I hope you had a great week! 

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9 Comments
  1. Oh goodness – your kids look like they are having SO much fun exploring. I am impressed at how independent your friends are -WOW! :)

    Catherine
    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  2. What is the ratio of glue to shaving cream? I wanna do it!!!
    KaSandra
    http://memoriesmadeinfirst.blogspot.com

  3. Very very cool!

  4. The Queen of Science strikes again! Great ideas! Thanks for sharing your talent with those of us who are science challenged!
    Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

  5. You are seriously sooo incredible! Love your creations. You are one talented lady.

  6. What a fun unit! I agree with Lori, you are the QUEEN of amazing science units.
    Sarah
    Sarah’s First Grade Snippets

  7. It’s there a specific glue to shaving cream ratio? We have seen these huge puffy cumulus clouds all week here in Hutto and I’m dying to make those glue clouds!

  8. It’s there a specific glue to shaving cream ratio? We have seen these huge puffy cumulus clouds all week here in Hutto and I’m dying to make those glue clouds!

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  • Oh goodness – your kids look like they are having SO much fun exploring. I am impressed at how independent your friends are -WOW! :)

    Catherine
    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  • What is the ratio of glue to shaving cream? I wanna do it!!!
    KaSandra
    http://memoriesmadeinfirst.blogspot.com

  • Very very cool!

  • The Queen of Science strikes again! Great ideas! Thanks for sharing your talent with those of us who are science challenged!
    Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

  • You are seriously sooo incredible! Love your creations. You are one talented lady.

  • What a fun unit! I agree with Lori, you are the QUEEN of amazing science units.
    Sarah
    Sarah’s First Grade Snippets

  • It’s there a specific glue to shaving cream ratio? We have seen these huge puffy cumulus clouds all week here in Hutto and I’m dying to make those glue clouds!

  • It’s there a specific glue to shaving cream ratio? We have seen these huge puffy cumulus clouds all week here in Hutto and I’m dying to make those glue clouds!

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