The Wonders of Science

Two little girls with magnifying glass outdoors in the day time

For the past 8 years I was a reading intervention teacher, but now that I’m back in my own full time classroom, I’m loving all the core curriculum I missed out on! Let me tell you…my kids LOVE Science! Nothing excites them as much as seeing me set up with hands on materials for a science lesson. Well, maybe except for cupcakes and party favors!

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This is from a post I wrote on another blog when we were studying matter. I thought I would share it here today.  The kids loved this simple and CHEAP experiment we did that clearly illustrated the concept of water surface tension. We had been reading about the skin, or surface tension of water, in language arts. I could tell they didn’t grasp the concept. So a quick Google break netted this gem. Basically all you need is some water, a container, black pepper and some dish soap. All things we had access to that day. Since I always forget to take pictures, I recreated the experiment at home so you would have a visual. 

Water surface tension  Step 1. Materials needed. Step two Step 2. Add pepper to the water. Be sure the water is still.
Step 3 dip soapy toothpick into the center of the water filled container.


What you can’t tell by the pictures is how dramatic this experiment is, even though it is so simple. The pepper races to the edge of the bowl. One thing I did learn by doing this at home, is that the restaurant style pepper with the larger grains, is going to allow some of the pepper to sink. Using regular style pepper is best to demonstrate how the pepper floats on the surface.

Free Science Experiment

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I’m leaving you with your own downloadable copy of the experiment, as well as several response sheets your students can use as part of the scientific process or within your ELA block. You can click the experiment, or {HERE}, to download your copy. I hope your class enjoys this as much as mine did!

Until next time!



Great News and a Giveaway!

Great News and a Giveaway!

I have a very exciting announcement to make!
I have decided to team up with some of my very best second grade buddies to write for a collaborative blog!
That means ONE blog with TONS of great ideas from several super awesome Second Grade teachers!
One thing I L-O-V-E about this blog, is you will know exactly what to expect each day of the week.  For every day, there is a blogging theme.  Check them out!
I’m SO excited to get started on this new adventure, and am thrilled to invite you along for the ride.  Let’s celebrate with a little giveaway!
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graphics courtesy of melonheadz and creative clips.

You can win my Interactive Science Unit: States of Matter!  My students loved the activities, experiments, and vocabulary posters that are part of this unit.  It includes everything you need to boost your students’ understanding of states of matter.
All you have to do to enter is follow us over at iTeachSecond then follow the instructions on the rafflecopter posted below!

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Can’t wait to get started sharing some great Second Grade ideas with you!




Special Education Valentine Blog Hop 2015

Today  I’m excited to share with you examples of how I include all my students with special needs in group science lessons. I hope you walk away with at least one new idea you can use in your classroom, whether you are a regular education teacher differentiating based on student needs or a special education teacher. 

3 Ways to Engage all students in science

I love teaching science.  It is a core subject where I am able to include all of my students despite their vast and varying needs and differences.  Best of all, my students love science too!

Hands on Activities

Using hands on activities in science is a best practice.  It provides students of all needs the opportunity to view and interact first hand with science concepts being taught.

Use different methods of response

Providing a variety of methods for student responses and ways to demonstrate their learning is easy in science.  In my gift to you I have included three different methods of response sheets for a science experiment, as well as a word bank.  These response sheets assist with visual and communication impairments. They allow students who struggle with literacy to more fully participate.

Student led discussions.

Provide your students opportunities to talk and discuss their learning experiences and discoveries.  This is beneficial on so many levels.  It builds knowledge, social, and communication skills.  It is also considered a best practice and will assist you during classroom observations!

In honor of this hop I created a forever freebie science product which you can grab by clicking {HERE} or on the cover below!  

Forever Freebie  

I’d love to hear ways you differentiate in your classroom!  Please leave a comment below!


Thanks to Krista Wallden for the arrow clip art and Khrys Bosland for the font!

Happy New Year Blog Hop!

Happy New Year Blog Hop

I hope everyone has enjoyed their Christmas break and has gotten lots of rest!  If you’re like me, you’re already thinking about lesson plans for the New Year.  I’m sure this blog hop will help you make those planning decisions!

Here’s a freebie for you that is perfect for kindergarten through second grade.  You can grab it by clicking {HERE}.

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Here are a few of the pages included:

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When we get back to school we will be studying states of matter in science and reviewing addition with regrouping.

I have some fun activities planned, like these:

Bubble Bomb Experiment

Bubble Bomb Experiment with baking soda and peroxide.


Moving Water Molecules Experiment.

Moving Water Molecules Experiment.

You can find these experiments, interactive notebook activities, task cards and more by clicking {HERE}.  It will be 50% off through this blog hop!

Science Unit: Matter

If you need some winter math review, grab these at half price through the hop!  You can find them by clicking {HERE}.

Winter Addition Task Cards

Winter task cards

Winter task cards


Be sure to head to the next spot to grab some more freebies and deals for your winter planning!   Just click the logo below.

Cherry Workshop

May your new year be blessed!


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