Christmas STEAM Centers!

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Hey y'all! We've made it through the first quarter of school! The rest is all downhill. 

With the holidays coming up, it's more important than ever to keep our littles engaged. Otherwise we start looking like this lovely teacher here: :) 


Our favorite part of the whole school day is science centers, so of course we need some for Christmas!

On Monday, we read "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell" and experiment with candy canes.

Tuesday through Thursday, we visit different centers exploring science with Christmas items.


Students build a trap to catch and elf, learn physics by shooting marshmallows into their hot chocolate cups, and test which holiday items are heavier.



They also graph gift bows by color, test which holiday items sink and which float, and build bunk beds for elves.




On Friday, we build gingerbread houses with graham crackers and learn about building materials for different purposes.


I love bringing the seasons into the classroom and celebrating holidays with my students. I hope this gives you some ideas for keeping your students actively learning during this holiday season. :) Check out the whole unit here.

Thanks for stopping by and keep an eye out for another holiday resource coming soon! Have a wonderful day.


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Christmas Math Centers for Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade

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Hey y'all! Can you believe it's almost the end of the year?! I just saw an ad for Christmas the other day and while that makes me panic a bit, I also know that it's time to start prepping centers. The dollar spot at Target is already starting to fill up with those adorable mini erasers and I have just the games to go with them!


The first grade Christmas centers were the first math centers I ever made and the kindergarten and second grade ones are very similar, just different levels of difficulty. 


Kindergarten math centers focus on counting, one-to-one correspondence, adding numbers to 10, and missing numbers to 20. 


First grade centers include adding coins, adding and subtracting numbers to 20, missing numbers, graphing, and more. 



If you can find those little gift bags at the Target dollar spot, they make perfect sized holders for game pieces and they're so much more fun than clear plastic baggies. 



Second grade centers look and feel like the kinder and 1st grade ones, but with bigger numbers.



These centers focus on adding and subtracting within 100, number order within 1,000, telling time, expanded form, missing addends, graphing, and more.



Each set has at least 10 centers. You can check out all of the December centers here

If you haven't signed up for the newsletter yet, you should do it soon. Freebies will be coming out any day now and you don't want to miss it! And stay tuned for Christmas STEAM Centers. They're going to be magical! Have a wonderful weekend!



November Math Centers for Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade

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Hey y'all! Are you ready for more math centers?! I know I am! My students absolutely LOVE math time and getting to choose their extension games. The best part is there are centers for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade! Each one has at least 10 centers.


Each grade level has a graphing activity with questions just for that grade. 


Kindergarten centers work on counting and beginning addition. 


These number puzzles are just right for introducing ten frames and number words. They're self-correcting so no need to worry about if they got it right. :) 


First grade centers focus on adding ten, addition and subtraction within 20, telling time, missing numbers, base ten numbers and more.




Second grade centers are very similar to the first grade ones but with bigger numbers. 


Students practice finding the missing number, adding and subtracting (without regrouping), showing numbers in expanded form, solving word problems, and more.



Each unit is very similar, so it's easy to differentiate and keep the same feel in the classroom. I've used some of the second grade centers with my advanced firsties and some of the first grade centers with my less advanced 2nd graders. They all look similar so there's no stigma about doing work that's different than another student's.



You can check out all of the November math centers here and all of the science centers here. I hope you found something in this post that you can use! Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for December math and science centers coming soon!



Thanksgiving Traditions STEAM Unit

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Hey y'all! I hope you have had a fabulous start to the school year! It's finally October and this is my absolute favorite time of year. Apples, pumpkins, changing leaves… It's just so beautiful.

I've been working hard over here (on the back porch and watching the leaves change) to get Thanksgiving centers up and ready. It's right around the corner, you know. And soon, we'll be watching all the Charlie Brown specials about it!

For these science centers, we'll be starting off the week reading 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving and making a class book to disguise our turkeys so they don't get eaten.



This STEAM unit integrates more subjects than ever before. Being that it focuses on traditions, it only seems right to include an "I am Thankful" poem. 


We also read about the traditions most Americans follow on the big day. (I left out watching football. If that offends you, I'm sorry!) :-p


And no talk about Thanksgiving is complete without some kind of turkey craft. (That's the A in STEAM!) I used regular construction paper because that's what I had on hand, but you could make some really amazing ones with scrapbook paper if you wanted. 


My students' favorite activity last year was testing which holiday foods sank and which floated. This is so easy to setup! I just grabbed a can of cranberries, a small package of rolls, some turkey lunch meat, and a bag of carrots. They LOVED it. You could even ask parents to send in donations. Parents LOVE to help out with science stuff!


Then on Friday, we made the simplest pumpkin pie recipe ever. Just throw some graham crackers in the bottom of a cup, mix milk with pumpkin pie Jell-O and spoon on top, and enjoy! Feeling snappy? Put a dollop of whipped cream on top! It's so easy and the kids where so excited they didn't even hesitate to write the steps down in their notebooks.


We also play a little Thanksgiving Bingo on Friday as well. The kids color, cut, and paste the pieces where they want them and their bingo cards are done! (You could even have them set this up at the beginning of the week and play it whenever they need a little brain break!) 


The week before a holiday is always so chaotic. These centers include so many ways to keep your littles engaged and learning right up to the break! You can check out this unit here, and all of the Thanksgiving centers here

I hope you have a wonderful holiday and a restful break. Stay tuned for Christmas STEAM Centers coming soon!

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