10 more days (but I'm not counting...I am just keeping track at calendar time)!
This is that wonderful time of year when you must plan LOTS of hands on, fun-filled activities. It seems that every student turns into a kinesthetic learner. I don't know about you, but I am exhausted.
However...I mustered up enough energy today to make dinosaur fossils with my kiddos (demonstrating how a fossil is created).
Here's how we did it:
First you need air dry clay (something like this, I got it at Walmart):
And you need small dinosaurs (something like these, counters from my math manipulatives):
Then, basically you give them a small amount of air dry clay and have them roll it into a ball. Then they flatten it on a small piece of waxed paper or paper plate. Next, have them select which dinosaur they want as a fossil and have them gently place it on it's side on the clay. Tell them to gently push down until it makes an imprint (They should look something like this):
Last, make sure you let them dry for a good 48 hours.
One idea I thought of doing for next year was making a fossil for each of the small dinosaur counters I have. Then put it out as a matching activity where the children match the dinosaur to it's fossil.
Well, that's it! The kids loved it! They all wanted to make more than one. If I could just afford another container of the air dry clay, I would do this activity for the next 10 days just to keep the busy (I know you know what I mean).
So...what kind of fun, hands-on learning activities do you have planned for the final days of school?