Science with My Peeps

Spring is coming (right?!?) and I’m getting ready for my favorite kind of seasonal class room fun – candy science activities!

Weather you love them or hate them (ME!) in your Easter basket, peeps make great for some great science!

Today I’m sharing a couple fun experiments – that gave me surprising results – and two science snacks all featuring the sugar covered sugar AKA peeps!

I love simple science questions for the primary classroom and one of my favorites is to see what happens when candy is soaked in different liquids.  We’ve tried gummy bears, candy canes, candy corn, candy hearts and licorice and seen two types of results: the candy dissolves or it gets bigger. Students always expect the candy to dissolve so they are shocked by the other results.

For this experiment you need:

  • 4 cups
  • 5 peeps – one for each cup, plus a control
  • Vinegar
  • Banking soda
  • Salt

  1.  Start labeling each cup (water, baking soda, vinegar, salt) and filling them half way with water.
  2. Add one tablespoon of salt to the first cup.  Stir to dissolve.
  3. Add one tablespoon of vinegar to the second cup.  Stir.
  4. Add one tablesppon of baking soda to the next cup.  Stir to dissolve.
  5. Make a hypothesis about weather you think the peeps will sink or float.
  6. Place a peep into each cup.
  7. Document your sink or float results.
  8. 8.   Make a hypotesis about what will happen to the peeps in the different solutions.
  9. Allow the peeps to soak for 30 minutes (or more, my results were the same from about 30 minutes through 24 hours of soaking).
  10.  After soaking, remove each peep from the water and observe the results as compared with an unsoaked peep.

All the peeps grew larger and most of the water turned pink, except the vinegar water, which stayed totally clear.

We also tried heating the peeps.  This is a super fast, but awesome and messy experiment!

 

Start by packing the peeps into a cup.

Make your hypothesis.

Then, place the cup in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds.

Don’t blink because the results happen FAST!

You can find this lab booklet (that also includes two science snack lab booklets) in my Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking here.

Do you have a favorite science activity to do with your class?

 

 

 

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Making Rainbows {a simple candy science experiment}

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I love simple science experiments that have amazing results!  This candy science experiment couldn’t be easier and it’s guarenteed to amaze!  It’s the perfect introduction to the scientific method and the process of asking a question and investigating to find the answer.

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For this experiment you will need:

  • skittles
  • water
  • a shallow dish (white works best so that the colors stand out)

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First, arrange the skittles around the outside of the dish.  I set mine up so they were touching.

If you’re using the scientific method, you’ll want to stop here and write a hypothsis to predict what will happen when you add hot water to the bowl.

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Next, pour hot water into the bowl (I used hot tap water).  Aim for the middle of the bowl so that you don’t upset the skittles when you pour.

You’ll start seeing results immediately and it only takes a few second for the whole rainbow to form.

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This got me wondering: would we get the same results from cold water?

So we tried again.

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It takes a little longer to see the progress, but the results were the same.

You can see the lab booklet I used to guide students through this experiment by clicking here.

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If you’ve tried this experiment, I’d love to hear what our class thought!

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St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Jello Treat

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I love making simple treats with my students!  So many basic skills go into the creation of a snack: measuring, following step by step directions, taking turns.  Not to mention the science that goes into taking ingredients and transforming them into something new!

This simple St. Patrick’s Day science treat is sure to be a favorite with your class and is an excellent review for states of matter.

As we begin, I always divide my students into groups of four to complete science experiments.  I give each student a number that they keep on the table in front of them while we work.  Then, I assign each step of the experiment to a different number.  This allows all students to share in the expereince and keeps things organized and running smoothly.

For this experiment you will need:

  • green gelatin mix (one box per 4 students)
  • whipped cream
  • rainbow stripe candy belts
  • mixing bowls
  • mixing spoons
  • measuring cups
  • clear plastic cups
  • plastic spoons

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Simply follow the directions on your gelatin to prepare.  I use COLD and HOT tap water when working with students and it works fine.

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Pour the gelatin mix into a bowl.

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Pour in one cup of HOT water (I use hot tap water).  Mix.  Add a cup of COLD water.  Mix.

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Pour a half cup of mix into each cup.  I have my students use the measuring cup to scoop from the bowl and pour the liquid into cups.  This saves on the gelatin mix being spilled everywhere! 😉

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Place the cups into the refrigerator and chill as directed.

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After removing the cups from the refrigerator, add two whipped cream “clouds” on top of the gelatin.

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Gently place a rainbow candy between the two clouds.  I cut them in half and they fit perfectly in the cups.

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I use a simple lab booklet with this activity to review states of matter.

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Students identify the state of matter at the start and write a hypothesis.

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Then document results in writing and with an illustration.

You can find this lab booklet in my Teachers Pay Teachers store here.

Do you cook with your class? I’d love to hear about your favorite classroom treats?

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Mush Mush Readers {A Book Review}

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As an early intervention teacher, I am always on the lookout for materials to use with my emergent and pre-readers.  I end up making books for my students so that I can target the words they know and the words I want them to learn….but that is a time consuming process!

I recently connected with Joanna Merideth – a kindergarten teacher turned author – and she shared her Mush Mush Sight Word Readers with me!

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This sight word reader set featurers 10 titles that slowly increase in difficulty, while supporting early readers with bright illustrations and large, clear print.

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This reader series starts with a wordless text – perfect for your students who are not yet controlling left to right or are just building their book handling skills!  They will feel successful at telling a story (or listening to you tell the story) and can practice their pre-reading skills without the pressure of remembering the words!

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Then, the readers progress slowly, adding one word and supporting the earliest readers with paw prints to help with one-to-one matching in text!

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The ten books in this series focus on topics that most students are familiar with and build slowly – one word at a time –  to make them supportive for all early learners.  Plus, the illustrations are vibrant and the pages are nice and thick for those little hands to turn without trouble!

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My own kindergarten daughter loves to read them and they will be a great support for the early learners in my classroom, too!

You can find Mush Mush on Instagram @mushmushreaders or visit their website here: www.mushmushreaders.com.

Happy Reading,

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*The materials in this blog post were recieved free of charge for my honest review.  All opinions are the authors alone.

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Free Printable Valentines!

It’s almost Valentine’s Day!  If you’re like me, most years it’s February 13th and I realize that I need to have Valentine cards ready for my class!

Well, I’m here to help!  Check out these 4 easy, print and go Valentine options!  You can add a little gift – or just print them and pass them out!  As a bonus, they’re all editable, so you don’t even have to sign your name! 😉

Unless you’re a “mean mom” like me and you force your child to actually write their own name on all 24 cards for their classmates, then you can just highlight the editable field and delete the text before you print.

Click the images to grab your printables!

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Disney’s Cars Valentines printable

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You’re just WRITE Valentine printable

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You blow me away, Valentine printable

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Trolls Valentine Printable

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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