Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dare to Dream: TPT Challenge Week 2

Dare To Dream

The challenge for the week is Dare to Dream.  What do we dream for our store?  What are our goals?  We need to think big! 

I probably have way to many goals and aspirations.  This is a great challenge for me to really think of what my goals are for the year to come.  My goals are not only for my TPT store, but for my teaching as well. 

I have two parts of my business.  First, I teach science classes out of my home.  I have many goals for that.  Secondly, I publish investigations and science materials for TPT.  Since both are linked I call them both "Kimberly Scott Science".  I find that my lessons for my students are better thought out if I know I am also going to offer it as a product in my store.  I also find that the products are better because I have taken the time to create them for a lesson I am teaching.  They go hand in hand in making me a better teacher.  Working directly with students and seeing their growth inspires me.  I also am inspired knowing that on any given day a teacher somewhere may be doing one of my experiments with their class.  I can picture the students working on the experiment and having a memorable experience. 

First I will start with my TPT Store.  Now that my kids are in upper elementary school I have the time to focus more on TPT.  I will always be a mom first, but they are much more independent now.  I love that I can also integrate them into my work.  
First,  I would like to add more grade level versions.  In the first challenge, Makeover Madness, I created two other versions of my Glow Stick Journal.  I have several other products like that.  My previous blog describes how those work.  I really would like to do that with many of my investigations.  Science is very different for kindergarteners compared to fifth graders.  The grade level versions give teachers an option on teaching the same concept, but in a developmentally appropriate way.  These journals are my pride and joy. 

Secondly,  I want to continue to inspire teachers to integrate hands-on science.  I plan on accomplishing this by continuing to put activities and ideas on my Facebook page.  I use that often.  I want to blog more about my investigations and activities to help educators feel confident with the activities.  I also want to continue to create investigations and science fair materials that teachers will find useful.  You could probably say that is the goal for my store.

Thirdly, I would like to gain more followers.  I just started networking on TPT.  I realize I should have started that from the beginning.  I was so focused on writing and testing my investigations that I did not have time to network.  I am making sure to set aside time to network with other educators.  I hope this will help me gain followers so they can get access to the latest products and promotions.

Fourthly, I want to learn more about designing webpages.  I updated my blog recently, but it needs more.  I want to do more with gadgets, promotions, and other pages.  I know it will take time to learn, but I will get there. 

Lastly, I want to travel and save for household projects.  The added income will help us take family trips or may be a trip for just my husband and I.  It is Dare to Dream.  I also would like to work towards getting some new furniture and updating the house.  I know in about 5 years I will need new kitchen cabinets. 

Now that I have written this down I realize what big aspirations I have.  I still haven't written my goals for my science classes.  They are integrated in with the above goals, but I also have extra goals with that.  They are listed below.  I won't describe them in detail.

Good luck with any goals you have.  In helping me accomplish a goal come over and check out my Facebook Page.  It is a great way to share science and discuss ideas.  Check out the photo section for ideas.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Makeover Madness: Investigating Glow Sticks

TPT Seller Challenge:  Week 1 Makeover Madness
In my quest to learn more about networking on I joined a TPT Challenge.  This is such a great motivator.  This is a 4 week challenge.  For week 1 you are to update one of your products.  Luckily I was in the middle of updating my Glow Stick Journal.  Glow Sticks are fabulous for learning about chemical reactions.  Not only did I update the journal, but I created 2 other grade level versions.  I thought this is a great time to explain my different grade level versions as well.

First I will focus on the update.  I think it turned out very well.

I changed the background to black and the font to white.  I think that makes the glow sticks stand out more.  You will notice this investigation journal now says it is for 2nd and 3rd Grade. 

I also added some more clipart.  I updated some wording.  I even added a question to the assessment page.  The question allows the kids to use what they learned to solve a real life dilemma about glow sticks.  What do you do if your glow stick cracks when you are not ready to use it?  This question fits well with the *Next Generation Science Standards.   I also did simple things like increasing the font size and adding a little more space to write answers.  It is still the same great glow stick investigation, but more polished. 
About the Grade Level Versions
When you look at my products you will see that many look the same.  If you take a closer look you will find  that the journals are for different grade levels.  Typically I organize journals into 3 versions.
*Kindergarten and First Grade
*2nd and 3rd Grade
*4th and 5th Grade
Below is a description of each grade level version and how they build on each other.
I hope you like the makeover and the new grade level versions.  I love that I get to work with so many different grade levels teaching science.  I have watched students start at the kindergarten level and move up to being young scientists.  They leave for middle school ready to investigate and confident of their scientific abilities.
Click the covers below to find the full digital download.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Inertia Exploration

Exploring Inertia with Students

What is Motion?
Energy is the ability to do work.  In order to do work a force must be applied.  A force can be a push or pull that causes an object to move, stop, or change direction. A force strong enough creates motion.  Motion is the act of moving.   If there is not force there will be no movement. 
Energy can be kinetic or potential.  Kinetic energy is energy of motion.  Potential energy is stored energy based on its' position or condition.  When you hang from the monkey bars you contain lots of potential energy.  The potential to fall.  When you let go you now have kinetic energy.  You fall to the ground. 
Exploring Newton’s Laws of Motion
The first law of motion is inertia.  All objects have inertia.  The law states that an object will stay at rest unless a force acts on it and an object will keep moving until a force stops it.  When 5 pennies are stacked on a piece of cardboard on top of a can they are at rest. The pennies are not moving and have no kinetic energy.  The pennies have the potential to move if the cardboard is pulled out from under the pennies.  
When the cardboard is pulled out from under the pennies the pennies do not move.  The force was applied to the cardboard.  The pennies then lose the support of the cardboard and fall into the can.  It takes some practice to pull the cardboard straight out without having it push on the pennies.  If that happens the pennies are not at rest and will go flying into the air.  Simply, if nothing touches the pennies they will not move.
If the pennies are at rest, why did they fall into the can?  Without the cardboard the force of gravity pulled the pennies into the can.  The pennies had Gravitational potential energy.  Gravity is the attraction of matter to each other.  It is an invisible, weak force.  The larger the object the more gravity it has.  When on earth, it has the largest gravitational pull. The pennies fall straight towards the earth.  This is a great  trick and demonstration showing that an object only moves if a force is applied. 


Can you remove the card without touching the penny?

 Penny  Notecard  Index Finger
1.Using your non-dominant hand balance the notecard on your index finger.
2.The penny is then placed on the notecard directly above your index finger.
3.Using your dominant hand flick the paper straight out.  The goal is to get the penny to stay on your finger.
Explanation and Tips
This can be done, but it is a challenge.  It is so exciting when you get it.   You will realize that you need to move the card without affecting the penny.  The tough part is going to be to keeping your index finger steady.  Do not give up.  This demonstration proves perfectly that an object will not move unless a force is applied.  The wonders of inertia.
Here are some more great inertia demonstrations and investigations.