Thanks to a rainy day, we were inspired…
We had our whole day planned out. From the book we read to each activity we set out on the tables, but our day went a little differently than we initially intended. Miss Lauren and I had planned to talk about dots. A majority of the day revolved around our original plans, but about halfway through our school day, a thunderstorm came through. Some of our students got extremely nervous so we sat them all down and started talking about storms to help calm their concerns.
Playing in the Rain
Sharing a Personal Story
I started out by sitting down on the floor with the students and sharing my own story about how I used to be scared of storms when I was their age. I told them all about how my grandma taught me how to be brave during storms and we all showed our muscles and put on our big brave faces.
Experimenting with Rain Science
They wanted to read books and kept asking questions about it and because of that it inspired the idea of tossing together an old favorite idea called clouds in a jar. All you need is a clear jar, shaving cream and liquid water color paint.
You fill the jar about 3/4 of the way full of water and then on the top, you spray the shaving cream. Then allow the students to use droppers and drop the liquid water color paint on the top of the shaving cream and it eventually starts to seep down into the water! As it hits the water, it starts to fall down to the bottom and it looks like a rain shower.
Joining in their Excitement
The excitement on their faces when the “rain” started falling is what makes being a teacher worth it. I love seeing them discover and explore new things and literally watching their curiosities come to life!
More to grow on;
To read more about this idea, click on Clouds in a Jar!
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