The Science School Yard: August 2013

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Irrigation Malfunction

Friday, I went to check on our school garden that we have through our farm to school grant. Yikes, dry, dry, dry. We just had an irrigation system put in and it certainly looks like it isn't working so hot. So get out the hose and water a ton. Hope that they plants perk back up. I can't wait to show you some pictures. I have to get the hang of taking them and then finding the easiest way to post them. I will get it eventually.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Taking the TPT Plunge

Well, I finally did it! I put my first product on TeachersPayingTeachers. I was so nervous about putting something on the site. I didn't really know what I was doing at first, but after a short time, I had it figured out. I realize I have no pictures of myself to use as my profile pic, go figure I am the one taking all of the family pictures. The Cranberry Science lesson I put on, was some experiments that I used when we had three short days before Thanksgiving break and did they help make things a bit more fun. Taste testing and using Wisconsin grown cranberries that my own son got on his trip to the bog made it even more special. He brought back two BIG bags and we still have some frozen. Guess I should make some cranberry bread this week, now that I remembered. I am working on a whole bunch of new stuff that focuses on the NGSS, new science standards. Can't wait to post now that I am getting the hang of it.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Taking It For "Grant"ed

Time to focus on this year's goal after spending two weeks in a science STEM grant. I really need to connect with other science teachers so that we can start helping each other incorporate the new Next Generation Science Standards. During my last two weeks, we worked on a unit that incorporates FOSS and the Next Generation standards in 3rd grade for interdependent relationships in ecosystems and Life Cycles and Traits. We also used the second grade interdependent relationships in ecosystems to create a greenhouse idea that I think will be so much fun for the kiddos. We will be using it in our 2nd grade FOSS unit, plants. Speaking of plants... we received a Farm to School Grant to build a school garden, and have we ever. Check out our garden.