Teaching Vocabulary in Social Studies and Science Part 3

Do your students like games? Are they willing to learn without realizing they are learning because it feels like a game? I know my classes (especially the morning class) will do anything if it is a game. Vocabulary acquisition can … Continue reading

Making my Interactive Journals more…INTERACTIVE!

Last year I began to involve journals into our everyday lessons in math, science, and social studies. I found several FREE resources for social studies, but did not find as many for science, SO…

I have made THREE FREE vocabulary sets for third grade science! Each set of vocabulary includes the words and definitions to be matched. Students could use these as a concentration game in a center, or as a matching activity in a journal.

I plan to use the definitions only and post it notes to go over each definition with the word written (or maybe printed—if I can figure out how to print on post it notes) on it. This allows students to continually quiz themselves in their journals.

Vocab Continued Eleanor

Click on each of the links below to get this free resource:

Earth Science

Physical Science

Life Science



Goodbye Science…For Now…

Fossils ended today…and really science ended today…we must go back to social studies.

Although I enjoy science more, social studies is much less stressful. What with the experiment set up and different materials and supplies needed on top of the fact that I teach openings more on the content and lead discussions in the closings about the experiment (if a child doesn’t end up throwing something across the room and need my disciplinary attention). It’s just a lot going on.

I have a fossil packet for FREE on teachers pay teachers. Find it here. This pack includes a pre assessment with answer key, a post assessment with answer key, an experiment power point presentation, study guide, and paleontologist interview.

Here are some images of our science notebook entries for fossils:

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Our standard, essential questions, and pre and post Post It notes

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Handout on how fossils are formed

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Pocket to hold our paleontologist interview sheet

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Fact and Opinion Sort on dinosaurs

Free HERE!

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Fossil Poem

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Dino Dig recording sheet

Here are some images from some of our fossil activities for the week:

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These images go with the free power point for Fossil Imprints. It is so simple. Take three plates. Put pebbles on one plate, sand on another, and flour (similar texture to silt and not as messy) on the third. Have the students push their hands one at a time on each plate. Observe the differences in the prints. Discuss which sediment allowed for the best imprint and why.

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This is an image of dino dig. I went to the dollar tree and purchased a square tupperware container with lid and plastic dinosaurs. I put the dino in the container and filled the container with rice. Then I used ribbon and take to grid off the fossil dig site. Then we used popsicle sticks to probe the earth. We also used spoons as shovels once we hit something with our probe. Super simple, but makes students realize how difficult it is to extract fossils.

We also made fossils. I do not like plaster of paris, so I used a different recipe.

Fossil Clay Recipe:

1 1/2 cups cold water

1 cup cornstarch

2 cups baking soda

Mix together in a sauce pan. It will be hard to stir at first. Cook over medium heat for a few minutes stirring constantly until consistency of mashed potatoes. Knead until smooth. Keeps in an airtight container. Will harden overnight if left out.

Great week of science!

So, as sad as I am to leave science I know we will return. Now on to Mary McLeod Bethune…

Soil Packet and Notebook Entries

Is it bad when you are introducing the soil packet with the notebook pages completed already? Well, I am finished teaching soil and apologize for just now getting this out to you, but last week was CrAzY!

My Soil Packet is FREE here and includes:

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Our Notebooks:

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Essential Questions

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Layers of soil diagram

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Vocabulary words with which layer of soil they can be found in underneath (some students had time to color these!)

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Observing soil sheet

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How much water can each type of soil hold?

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Sugar Cube Weathering (students take baby food jars and a sugar cube…SHAKE for 60 seconds…observe…add 10 drops of water…SHAKE for 60 seconds…observe…POOF! Instant water and wind weathering!)

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Erosion activity (dirt, pebbles, rocks dumped into paint tray, poor water -aka rain- what erodes easiest?, what does not move?)

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Foldable with…


definitions and examples!

Soil was easy and fun! If you do not have the time, energy, or money to get soil ask the students to bring some in for homework. Give out a reward for the students who do bring some. Ask some kids with sand boxes to bring in sand. Here in Georgia it is easy to find clay!