Teaching about Magnets (and giveaway winner!)

Well week one of school is officially over! I have to say I picked a rough week to begin this blogging journey! ;)

By rough week I mean, I barely slept and constantly worked on school, it did not help that the number of littles in my room was constantly changing the first few days of school. Things have seemed to fall into place now and I am looking forward to the rest of the year!

Those who know me well will not be surprised to heart that my classroom is incredibly hands on. Most everything we did this past week was tangible! I also adore science and try to incorporate it everyday. This past week we kicked off our class by learning all about magnets and the continents!

Just like every new teacher I had every day planned to a T and then... you know... life happened and schools happened. Halfway through day two I realized we would not have any specials, meaning I had 45 minutes of time totally not even thought out none the less planned!

I frantically searched around the room while praying that the kids would stay in their seats to let me find, something, anything for them to do! In the far back of a cabinet I found some foam and grabbed it along with a zip-loc bag full of small paper clips. Great we will make boats, I thought to myself, thinking that there was no way that my kids would go for boat making for the next 40 minutes.

I was so wrong. So wrong.

Each child got a small piece of foam, scissors and a paper clip. I told them to cut the foam any way they pleased and to come sit on the rug with me when they were done. Secretly I was praying the foam would actually float with the paper clip! I grabbed a plastic bin full of random tidbits and threw them to the side, using the container as a small lake (yes there is blue food coloring in there!).

When the kids came to the rug I showed them how each boat could hold the paper clip (YES!), and that we could use our magnet wand to move the foam boat around our small lake. The kids LOVED LOVED LOVED this activity. And yes, they stay entertained for a solid hour, we lost track of time and missed some of writing workshop! Whoops!

Thank you all so so much for participating in my little giveaway and so sorry for the late announcement (I said I would get it up yesterday!). After much thinking and awwing and maybe tearing up a bit I am happy to say that Anna Paulson won the gift card. She touched my little heart as she is also a 1st year teacher just struggling to get basic school supplies in her classroom. Anna I just sent you your giftcard! ENJOY!

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