Friday, July 21, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - The Voice of the Trees by Bartholomaus Traubeck

The Voice of the Trees by Bartholomaus Traubeck 

video here:

Music is indeed all around us, but I never thought a gorgeous piece of music could be found in a cross-section of a tree trunk.
Artist Bartholomaus Traubeck designed and built a record player that “reads” the texture and color variations of tree rings and interprets them as music. Because every tree has its own configuration of rings, every tree has its own song. By doing this, Traubeck has essentially created the infinite library of records. You must love the time we live in.
If you think Nature would sound like crackling and random noises, think again. This is actually beautiful.
1. What instrument does this sound like?2. What does this music sound like to you?3. If this was from a movie, what kind of movie do you think you would be watching?

Friday, July 14, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Slinky

What is the man doing?
What do you notice is happening?
Why do you think the Slinky collapses into itself before it falls to the ground?

Friday, July 7, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Bio-luminescence Defense

What do you see?
What is the fish doing?
Why do you think the fish is "spitting" the glob of light?

This is called a "bio-luminescence defense". It means the fish is using the light to temporarily blind or confuse another fish or creature that may be trying to eat it.

Friday, June 30, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Physics Fun

What do you see happening?
Why doesn't the ring fall off the chain?
Do you think you can duplicate this trick?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

KIWI CRATE - Month Educational Subscription Box

From the Kids Activities Blog:

Kiwi Crate  is a hands-on learning box that includes art, science, games and more for kids ages 5-8. —>Kiwi Crate is offering an exclusive discount for Kids Activities Blog readers (yay!) for 30% off first month pricing (new customers only) plus free shipping with the Kiwi Crate coupon code:  KAB30!

Kiwi Crate Pricing:
  1. One month = $19.95 + shipping
  2. 3 months = $60 with free shipping
  3. Year = $205
The additional suggested activities included making a large robot out of boxes.  Rhett insisted on doing that and we spent the afternoon upcycling cardboard boxes from our recycling bin int a large robot.
What we liked best about the Kiwi Crate crafts subscription box:   My 10 year old got involved too – he couldn’t help himself.  The two boys created robots for 2 1/2 hours that afternoon without fighting.  The activities were ones that I would never have thought of on my own and were very clever.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Word Searches

My Kinder kids loved to do word searches. Giving each child a highlighter, I'd let them work in groups or individually to find and mark the words noted below the graph. Be sure to teach them how to direct another student to a word, rather than point it out. Ex: the word ON is 8 rows down, and 3 squares over.

It's important to start off slow, beginning with 2-letter words. (I've even done Letter Searches, when we first begin learning letter names and sounds, using upper and lower case.) Keep the words horizontal, going from left to right, as you'd normally read them.

When you're ready to graduate to 3-letter words, keep the words horizontal and L-R. Since they are beginning readers, do not place the words up and down, backwards, or diagonally. Some of the students may be un-diagnosed dyslexic.