Kinder and 1st Grade

...please contact me via email. Most of the activities are fairly simple to explain with an email or quick phone call.
    (Don't forget to leave your phone number in the email. LOL.)
   Most of all, please have FUN doing these with your kids! 
 Week 1 - (April 13-17)
Part 1 -
  1. Go to YouTube and watch: 
  2. Go to National Geographic Kids and check out the wacky weekend hidden animals slideshow. See if you can find the hidden animals.
  3. Complete the activity - Candy Camouflage described in the video created by Mrs. Erickson
Part 2 -
  1. Watch - 12 Coolest Camouflage Animals and Insects -
  2. Watch video Camouflage Moths by Mrs Erickson
  3. Complete Activity - Camouflage Moths
Week 2: (April 20-24)
Part 1: 
    1.Go to YouTube and watch: 
           Bird Feeding Adaptations: How Beaks are Adapted to What Birds Eat -
          (This is longer than usual but really good for as long as they will watch).
    2. Watch the video - "Bird Beaks" by Mrs. Erickson and complete the activity.
          *In the activity you will use two different style beaks (one dixie cup cut on the sides to resemble a flat beak and one folded straw, tweezers work too, to represent a smaller beak). The food you will be collecting is dried pasta and black beans. Using only the pasta, attempt to pick up the food and put it into your stomach (another cup) as quickly as you can in a time limit. Decide which beak is easier to use and gets you more food. Then replace the pasta and add beans (gravel) to the mix on the floor. Now challenge the students to pick up as many pasta pieces as possible without collecting any gravel (beans). Now which beak is easier to use?
   3. Decide which beak would be best for collecting food in a pond and which would be best for collecting food off the hard ground. Tell your teacher. 
   4. Want to see more interesting adaptations? Watch these TedEd videos: 
        Why are Sloths so Slow?
        Vultures: Heroes of the Ecosystem
Part 2: 
    1. Go to YouTube and watch how animal parents help their young survive...
         Animal Parents, Wild Animal Families -
    2. Create your own duck caller so you can call to your parents for food and protection.
           Watch the video "Duck Caller" by Mrs. Erickson and make one from construction paper or straws
                      (or go to the website if you need further instructions)
    3. Show your teacher a picture or video of your completed project. 
    4. To see more interesting adaptations, watch these TedEd videos:
           Why Some Birds Can't Fly -
           How do Animals See in the Dark?
BIOMIMICRY - Using nature to make our lives better
      Start here: A note from Mrs. Erickson about the week.
Day 1 - Biomimicry Research
  1. Watch the video Plagiarizing Nature -
      Watch the video - CBS Sunday Morning - The Fascinating World of Biomimicry
  2. Go to the website and explore more examples of biomimicry.
  3. Choose ONE of the two following assignments:
        A. Go on a scavenger hunt around your house and see if you have any of the materials you have seen or ones you think might be inspired by a plant or animal. Draw a picture of your item and what plant or animal the idea came from. 
        B. Pick your favorite example of biomimicry from the videos or off the internet and draw the plant or animal on one side of your paper and the way we use it for on the other side of your paper. 
Day 2 - Mystery Science - 
  1. Follow the link to Mystery Science and click "I am a Student" to view the lesson - Why Don't Trees Blow Over in the Wind
  2. Complete the activity in the video:
        (In this Mystery, students examine structures like roots, branches, and leaves that keep trees from blowing down. In the activity, Wind-Proof Umbrella, they use their observations to create their own tree-inspired umbrellas that stay up in the wind.)
      *If you do not have the exact same supplies as Doug, that's okay. Use whatever you have at your house. Your goal is to make an umbrella that doesn't blow over as quickly when the wind blows but still shades you from the sun. Do your best and have fun!
Does this interest you? For more fun exploring this topic, go to...
Parts 1 and 2 (All together this week - go at whatever pace you would like):
1. Watch - Animal Architects (you only need the first four minutes of this):
2. Optional: Watch Wild Kratts Episode 1, Season 1 - Mom of a Croc - It is on Amazon Prime for free. 
 If you do not have amazon prime, the episode describes how a mother croc digs a hole to create a nest underground, (where temperatures remain constant), and then buries her eggs in it. She then guards in for several months until the eggs hatch and the babies begin to make sounds to alert the mother that they have hatched. The mother then frees them and moves them in her mouth to the water so they can survive. 
These clips are not as good as the episode, but if you cannot see it, they will at least give you a visual of what we are talking about. 
3. Watch some birds make nests: What do you notice about how they make their nest?
       (Investigate and add this to what you already know).
4. Watch the "How To" by Mrs. Erickson:
5. Build your own bird nest. If you live where you can walk around and collect materials from outside/nature and use those materials to build a nest for your eggs. If you cannot collect those things, use recyclable materials like cardboard, paper, cotton and Kleenex to build a nest for your eggs. 
6. Upload a picture or video to your teacher.
Part 1
1. Watch the videos -
2. Watch the loom introducing your assignment. 
3. Pick a habitat - desert, forest, arctic, or ocean - and draw it on a piece of paper. Draw ONLY the habitat, do not include the animals yet. 
Part 2
1. Watch examples of animals in habitats:
  • Add 2-3 animals that live in your habitat to your drawing. Figure out where they find their food in that habitat. Draw their food if it isn't already in there and then draw an arrow from the animal to their food. 
3. Upload a picture of your final drawing to your teacher. 
Part 1:
1. Listen to the story: A House For Hermit Crab by Eric Carie
2. Look at the pictures of where a hermit crab lives in nature and then where they live when we keep them as pets. 
3. Imagine you have decided to get a hermit crab for a pet. Name it. Decide what you think your Hermit Crab needs to survive. Write it down for tomorrow. 
Part 2: 
1.Watch the interactions for your assignment today:
2. Draw a habitat for a wild hermit crab or build a habitat for your new pet hermit crab.
3. Upload a picture or video of your habitat to your teacher. 
**Parents - if you would like more science or would like some ideas for summer, feel free to go to the second grade page, scroll to the bottom and open the tab that says Weeks 5-6: STEM Challenge Weeks! In there you will find several ideas for projects and crafts.