Monday, May 2, 2016

After School Linky (5-2)

Let's party!


I can hardly believe how quickly the school year has gone. Are you already planning for summer fun?

This linky has loads of ideas and activities for inspiration.

Here are my favorites from last week's link-up.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Algorithm Activity and Printable at JDaniel4's Mom

 FREE 100s Chart Puzzles from Boy Mama Teacher Mama

 Kids' Color Mixing App at The Science Kiddo



Rock Sums at Creative Family Fun

The After School Linky is cohosted by
Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational

We would love to have you link up your School-Age Post (Ages 5 and up) about your learning week after school including Crafts, Activities, Playtime and Adventures that you are doing to enrich your children's lives after their day at school, home school, or on the weekend!

When linking up, please take a moment to comment on at least one post linked up before yours and grab our after school button to include a link on your post or site! By linking up, you're giving permission for us to share on our After School Pinterest Board and feature an image on our After School Party in the upcoming weeks.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Turtle or Tortoise? Reading Comprehension + Art


My boys have both been fans of the Wild Kratts cartoon. It seems to ignite not only a fascination with animals, but a curiosity too - at least it has for my sons. 


Because of this and a love of art, I thought my son would enjoy this activity.

To gain some knowledge, I read him a great book about the differences (and similarities) between turtles and tortoises. Trisha Speed Shaskan's book contains simple explanations and beautiful illustrations that captivated our interest with the turn of each page.



When we were finished, I asked him if he wanted to make a turtle or tortoise. He answered the latter, so we traced a big bowl onto half of a piece of brown card stock.



We added feet and a head, and then some paper shapes in a contrasting color, laid out like a mosaic to form the pattern on our tortoises' shell. Lastly, we glued a googly eye on.

Now it was time to test his reading comprehension. 


I gave him a worksheet that I designed and asked him to cut out the slips of paper at the bottom and put each of the characteristics under the proper reptile. He got them all right!


Download the free Turtle vs. Tortoise PDF I made here.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

That penny's not a lemon. Just shine it up!


There's SO much you can do with lemon juice - including shining up a copper penny. 


This little experiment is a fun way for kids to see what an acid can do. 

What You Need
Dull pennies from before 1982 (they contain 95-percent copper)
cup
lemon
knife (for use by grown-ups only)

What to Do
Rub a lemon under the heal of your hand against a table/counter. This will help release the juices after it's cut. Have an adult cut the lemon in half.

Kids should squeeze the lemon so the juice runs into the cup. Squeeze hard. (Don't worry if a few seeds drop into the cup.)

Drop a penny or two into the glass. Make sure it's completely submerged in the lemon juice and that the pennies aren't overlapping.


Wait 5-10 minutes.

Remove the pennies and wipe with a paper towel. Look how much shinier they are now!

Disappointed in the result? Soak it longer!

We started with four pennies, all of which were equally brown. The two we kept out of the lemon juice were our control, and made it easy to see how much brighter the juiced pennies were.

How it Works
Dull pennies aren't just dirty. Oxygen in the air has reacted with the copper to form a copper oxide coating. The juice from lemons contains citric acid, which effectively releases the coating from the penny, renewing its shiny appearance.

Monday, April 25, 2016

After School Linky (4-25)

Let's party!


Thanks for stopping by either to generously share your ideas by linking up, or for perusing all the wonderful blogs for inspiration. I'm so glad you've joined us.

Here are a few of my favorite links shared last week.



 FREE Numbers Battleship Games at Boy Mama Teacher Mama

 Map Books for Children at The Jenny Revolution

 Tree of Benefits at Fumbling Through Parenthood



The After School Linky is cohosted by
Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational

We would love to have you link up your School-Age Post (Ages 5 and up) about your learning week after school including Crafts, Activities, Playtime and Adventures that you are doing to enrich your children's lives after their day at school, home school, or on the weekend!

When linking up, please take a moment to comment on at least one post linked up before yours and grab our after school button to include a link on your post or site! By linking up, you're giving permission for us to share on our After School Pinterest Board and feature an image on our After School Party in the upcoming weeks.

Friday, April 22, 2016

5-minute Sight Word Uncover & Add


My son has successfully memorized 120 sight words this year. Unfortunately, not all of those words have stuck in his memory. With assessments coming up, his kindergarten teacher asked that we do some review at home.

Lately, my son has been really enjoying a Highlights' Hidden Picture book. His love for these puzzles inspired this game, in part. What I created is a basically modified BINGO game.


What You Need
Fun pictures either from photos or magazines for the game boards
PDF of the sight word game and call cards (download it here from Google Drive)
Heavyweight card stock
Scissors
Fine-tip marker
Star stickers (optional)
Timer (we used the microwave clock)

Have your own list of words to practice? Or another subject matter to quiz your kiddo on? No worries. The last page of the free PDF is a blank template.

Prepare the Game
Print the sight word pages on card stock. As a general rule, use a page of cards for each player and one to two extra pages of cards.

Cut the outer border of one sheet of game cards (the bigger square word cards). Use it to trace the shape onto one each of your pictures (I used some old LEGO Club magazine pages). These will be your game cards. Crop the excess but cutting along the lines.

Now trim one row at a time on the game cards, align with the game boards and trace a line along the edge. Use this technique until all the grid lines are drawn on each game board.

Once the boards are finished, add a star sticker (or drawn star) in one of the squares. In each of the other squares, write a number, cleverly hiding it for an extra challenge. Depending on your child's math abilities, keep the numbers small or make them bigger for harder addition.

Play
With two piles - the call cards face down and the game cards face up - scrambled, each player should add sight word cards (face up) to their game board until its filled.


Set a timer for 5 minutes. Begin selecting one by one the call cards. Have the child(ren) read the words on the cards, search their game board for that same word, and if it's present, remove it from the board.

At the end of 5 minutes, the child(ren) hunt for the hidden numbers in each uncovered square. They add them together. If the star is uncovered, they double the total.


The player with the most points is declared the winner.