Valentine, you make my heart soar! Literally!!
What's more fun than eating candy hearts? Launching them of course! I think they taste like chalk anyways, lol! In today's post, I'm sharing a fun activity for your students this Valentine's Day! These little kits are easy to assemble, cheap (you might already have everything on hand with the exception of the hearts) and it's SO ENGAGING!
First step is to assemble the bags. Ziploc bags are perfect for dividing supplies during COVID and even more helpful if you're sending the kits home with students! You'll need popsicle sticks (small work fine but large work even better!), rubber bands, plastic spoons, and candy hearts. I added some cute labels, if you'd like to use them as gift tags :)
Just like any other science activity, this is NOT a free-for-all. Please make sure to have a discussion ahead of time regarding safety and set up your classroom parameters for launching. Or if you're sending the kits home, have a chat via zoom first!
In this kit, I've included visual instructions for making a basic spoon catapult. There are different ways to make them, so you can investigate further if you want to change things up. Here's a quick video showing the catapults using large popsicle sticks.
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Once students have built their catapults, we draw the design and write about how the catapult works. Then it's time to test the catapult with the recording page!
After launching, engage in discussion about this simple machine. Follow up with a talk about strategy and design improvement. You could even test out theories together as a group!
I also included a How To template so students can share their newly acquired skill with others! Authentic literacy at its finest! I hope this activity gets your kids moving, learning, and brings a BIG smile to their face! You can find my Valentine Spoon Catapult activity HERE!
XOXO Samantha Henry
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Organized Systems in the Classroom
If you've frequented my Instagram or blog, you probably know all about my love for organization by now! For today's post, I'm sharing a collection of some of my favorite ways to stay organized in the classroom! These systems are tried and true and help save TIME & ENERGY! With so many teachers facing burnout, I hope these systems can prove useful going into the new year!
The TeachersPayTeachers Cyber Sale is HERE ->November 30 & December 1<- I'm gathering together all of my best selling teacher resources in one space! These resources were created to make your life easier because teaching (especially during a pandemic!) is exhausting enough on its own!
It's the most wonderful time of the yearrrr.... And today I'm sharing some of my absolute FAVORITE activities for the holidays!! Grab a mug full of comfort and join me below for some fun and festive ideas to share with your students this season!
November is such a sweet time of year, as we pause and reflect on all the things we are thankful for. Today I'm sharing some of my favorite books and activities for November in the primary classroom!
Take your FAVORITE Halloween read alouds to the next level! These CLASS BOOKS are incredibly engaging and perfect for early literacy!
It's finally here!! Amazon Prime Day runs October 13 and 14th this year and I've found some AMAZING deals for you!! Today's blog post is filled with some HUGE savings and all the links are included for your convenience!
Today's blog post is all about Learning Slides in the elementary classroom! I'll be sharing what learning slides are and how you can use them effectively in your classroom! While I love to use LEARNING SLIDES to establish routines and expectations for the school year, they are also incredibly helpful for distance learning. Let's take a look!
Hello teacher friends! I'm so glad you are here! Today, I've got a DIY project that might just change the way you plan for a Sub!
Summer is a great time to get caught up on classroom projects and this SUB STATION is my favorite way to organize for a substitute! Today, I want to show you just how easy it is to make your own Sub Station!
Making a Sub Station takes a small amount of time but yields a BIG return in terms of stress relief and planning! Today I am breaking down my Sub Station so you can see what's inside!
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Hello teacher friends! I'm so excited you're joining me today for this post! I'm excited to show you all how easy and cost effective it is to make your own teacher planner or binder at home!! You don't have to print anything at a specialty print shop (unless of course you want to!) and you don't need expensive equipment!
Today I will show you 3 OPTIONS for putting together your planner and lay out the costs as well as the pros and cons! I will also link to my home printer, basic laminator, and my fave budget friendly ink delivery!! **Pictured below: my kitchen island, which makes for a great spot to assemble! Wine optional ;)