Activity 1: Keep Snowflakes to study (or just for fun!) by freezing a piece of glass and a can of aerosol hairspray. Keep them in the freezer until the next snowfall. When you are ready;
1) take them out of the freezer
2) spray the glass with the hairspray
3) go out and let the snow fall on the glass
4) bring it indoors and let thaw for about 15 minutes.
We’d love to see the results – send us a photo of the results or post the photos in the comments below!
Activity 2: Measuring Snow
1) collect some snow in a transparent (that means you can see through it) container
2) mark the level on the container (label this mark as “Initial Level”)
3) bring it inside
What will happen to the level when the snow melts? Try guessing where the level will end up and mark that level. Were you surprised by the results?
Try it again with different variations: packing the snow down, adding more or less snow to the container for your initial level, etc. We’d love to hear your results in the comments below!
I hear the RBG Frog exhibit is pretty good. Family Day 9-5. I'm hoping to check it out. Should be a fun day if you haven't any plans yet!!
Interesting Article: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/6139504?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063
Give her a potted plant instead of cut roses! Have the kiddies pass out seed packages to their classmates!
Have you checked out the National Geographic Website for kids yet? It's a fabulous website for games, facts, videos and lots more!!!
Sam spotted the difference! The clitellum is actually located near the head of a worm, but the one on the book cover seems to be talking out of his....well let's just say he's likely speaking authoritatively on a subject of which he actually knows little about.
Did you know the main purpose of the clitellum is to create a cocoon for developing eggs? Even more interesting...did you know scientists have digitized the brain of a worm and put it into a robot? It actually moved and behaved like a worm!!
You can read about it HERE, HERE and HERE.
Don't forget that while you are reading you should ask yourself questions, challenge the material, consider the source and look for points of view that weren't expressed in the writing.
I came across an art article by Reading Rockets, Colorin Colorado, and LD OnLine that reminds us to make sure we share a variety of reading material with our children. (The Importance of Reading Wildly)
Next time you are at the library, why not check out a children's magazine, a biography or an atlas? Encourage, and help your child to read articles from newspapers, store flyers, and road signs ...let them discover and make sense of the world around them!!!
If you are up for a challenge, I have created a checklist of various forms of print that you and your child(ren) can explore. Do you think you can check them all off before the year is done? You can download the PDF HERE.