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.