Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Clouds

It Looked Like Spilt Milk - FREEBIE!

If you do not read this book when studying weather with your class, you need to start!  They will love it.  There are so many activities you can do with this book.  Inspired by a similar activity, I created a flip book to accompany this story.  I went ahead and folded my students' flip books for them because...well, you can imagine why...
The lesson went a little like this:
 We revisited the types of clouds we had learned about earlier in the week.  I pulled out the power point I made on clouds and we reviewed a few of the slides. {If you need a cloud power point, you can get mine from TpT by clicking on the cloud below}
 We read the book It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw, making predictions and confirming them along the way.  Then we began our flip books.  As I said, I had already folded them, but it only takes about 7 minutes to fold 15.  

The students came up with 2 new ideas of what clouds can look like and wrote it on the appropriate blanks.  They cut out the text boxes, glued them in the correct sequence, and illustrated their story under the flaps.  You can get a copy of the text boxes by clicking below.

Other activities do do with the book are:
  • write a poem about clouds
  • a lesson on contractions
  • research who clouds form (there are great YouTube videos on this)
  • drop a drip of white paint in the middle of a blue piece of paper, fold, rub, unfold, write a story about the shape it made
  • creating different types of clouds with cottonballs
  • serving blue jello with a dollop of cool whip on top (sky & cloud)
    More delicious than educational, I guess!
  • shaving cream in a cup of water with a few drops of blue food coloring on top.  Mimics rain falling through clouds.
And MANY, MANY more....
Please post some of your great cloud ideas!

11 comments:

  1. These are some really cute cloud ideas! I will have to remember these when we teach weather next year!

    I am happy to be your newest follower and a 1st grade teacher too! =)

    I would love for you to visit me when you get the chance. =)


    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  2. Thanks! I'm so glad to have you as a follower. I will definitely check out your blog!

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  3. Hi there - welcome to blogging. It is so much fun. You have great ideas! Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower and would love for you to come visit me too. I teach first. Have fun blogging.
    Vicky
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

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  4. This is so cute! I cannot wait to try to shaving cream and food coloring trick when we do our weather unit next week! I just found your blog through a comment on the teacher appreciation linky party :) I am your newest follower!

    Stop by my blog if you have the chance!

    Sarah
    The Fabulous First Grade

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  5. Sarah- I'm glad you found my blog! I'll definitely check out yours. I'll give you a tip on the shaving cream cloud- don't use a lot of shaving cream. The food color will never make it through to the water. I learned this the hard way...
    Dana

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  6. What cute ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    Sarah
    "Spot"light on Kindergarten

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