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Earth's Water Supply Lesson Plans for Elementary

Elementary Lesson Plan on Earth's Water Supply for World Water Day

Earth's Water Supply Lesson Plans for Elementary Homeschooling
Earth's Water Supply Lesson Plans for Elementary.
Where do we get water? How does it get to our faucet or in our water bottles? This lesson and curriculum on the water supply and water cycle will answer these questions. Scroll down for quizzes, science experiments, companion art projects, and more Earth's Water Supply Lesson Plans for Elementary students. Enjoy!


Earth's Water Supply Lesson Plans for Elementary
Where do you get your water?

First things first,  watch this short video on clean water. We recommend "Flow" and "Tapped". Here is a very good, free excerpt from Tapped. "The Story of Bottled Water" is also good and free to watch. Netflix has a similar film about the Nestle Corporation Water

the story of bottled water
The Story of Bottled Water.

Now, watch this video on how water is cleaned and used via the sewage treatment plant. This excerpt from, "Big River" teaches how water is filtered for nitrates. 


The Nitrogen Cycle from PBS is an interactive learning chart. Also, print and read this downloadable Nitrogen Cycle brochure from Stem Sims. It has quizzes and articles to help you learn more indepth about the cycle of Nitrogen!

If you want to learn more about big business watch GMO vs. NON-GMO. This is a full length documentary.

We have a Brainpop subscription, if you go in as an individual you can pay monthly, but you have to commit to a full year. You can also get a Brainpop Jr. subscription for children in K-3. No affiliate here, we just love Brainpop.

video on the water cycle
There are free lesson plans and activities on Brainpop.

If you subscribe to Brainpop, you can watch a video on the Water Cycle and this video on Water Supply. Brainpop has a daily free video, so click over either way and learn something new. While you are there, read the info about the Water Cycle in the left sidebar. For younger kids (K-3), watch this version of the water cycle.

Lesson Plans for Earth's Water Supply


Water Cycle infographic
The Water Cycle infographic.
Review the Water Cycle infographic above. Grab some paper and markers and draw your own version of the Water Cycle. When completed, share it with classmates or family and hang it for display. To show what you have learned, draw a Water Supply infographic without the help of a cheat sheet! :)

After all you've learned, visit this water supply quiz from the EPA or this (Brainpop) quiz on the water supply. If you have a Brainpop subscription, also do the activities and fyi for water supply.

Free Water Cycle Worksheet Printable PDF.

Learn about the Scientific Method (from Brainpop) so you can start an experiment about Science Projects.


Water Science Experiments:




Just for Fun:

Need a break from all of this school work? 

Play a free online game about Water or do a Water Word Scramble



Arts and Crafts Component:



Recycle Water Bottles into flowers
Water bottle recycling craft.



Recommended Reading:



The Water Cycle: Evaporation, Condensation & Erosion (Earth's Processes)*

The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor*

The Magic School Bus Wet All Over: A Book About The Water Cycle*






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6 Froggy Birthday Party Ideas for Book Lovers

Celebrate Froggy's Birthday with these 6 Fun Ideas

In honor of Jonathan London's newest Froggy book, which was released March 10, 2015, we're sharing 6 froggy birthday party ideas for book lovers. You can win your very own copy of Froggy's Birthday Wish just by visiting our Facebook page and leaving a comment. Feel free to share your own frog theme birthday ideas too. Enjoy!



Froggy's Birthday Wish by Jonathan London.

Froggy's Birthday Wish
Froggy is celebrating a birthday. He gets lots of wonderful, exciting presents, but he isn't happy. He wants something else. Finally, Froggy's mother shows him her present. Now Froggy is happy!

This book is fun to read in a classroom setting for a birthday celebration. You might like this fun birthday cake craft to go along with the story.

Birthday Cake Craft
Birthday Cake Craft.
Another fun birthday activity is to make your own Pinata from construction paper and a cardboard tube. Froggy had a moon pinata, but we're making a traditional donkey pinata. This mini pinata is perfect as a party favor or place setting decoration. Just fill with your favorite candy or treats.

How to make a donkey pinata party favor.
How to make a donkey pinata party favor.
You will need: construction paper, scissors, paste, 2 cardboard toilet roll tubes or 1 cardboard paper towel tube, and tape.

To make a donkey pinata birthday party favor:

Cut 1/2" strips of your favorite colors of construction paper. Use tape to attach to the base of the tube (torso) as seen in figure 1. Wrap until the cardboard tube is covered and tape to attach the end. Next, cut 1/4 of the other cardboard tube. This will be the head (see figure 2). Cut four 1/2" slits, 1/4" apart on one end of the head. This will allow you to connect the head to the end of the other tube. Leave the two center slits to attach the ears. With the leftover piece of the cardboard tube, cut two ears as shown in figure 3. Slide the ears into the center slits and then slide the outer slits onto the end of the other tube as shown in figure 4.

Next, wrap the head and ears just like the torso portion. Now, cut small strips and glue to cover the donkey until it looks like a real pinata as seen in figure 5. Cut two 2" wide strips of paper. Wrap one into a link, tape the ends, and stick into the head. This will be the nose. When complete, use construction paper to make a mouth. Use the other one on the other end- this will keep the candy in place. Finally, cut eyes out of construction paper and attach.

Congrats! You've made a mini pinata party favor. Breathe a sigh of relief... yep, it was harder than we thought it would be too, but if you are relaxing watching television you can knock several out in an hour. Practice makes perfect!

Froggy's Worst Play Date by Jonathan London.


Froggy's Worst Play Date
Froggy wants to go out to play, but all of his friends are busy. Good news! Mom has set up a playdate with Frogelina. He has to watch the Frog Prince. At the movie, they eat popcorn and have a food fight! In the end, Frogelina steals a kiss from her froggy prince!

Have you ever tried this movie popcorn trick?

Do you know the trick to eating popcorn?
This little girl doesn't know the trick! At your next birthday party, amaze your friends with magic. Did you know movie popcorn will jump on your tongue? Yep, all you have to do is stick your tongue out over a bowl of popcorn and Voila! The popcorn attaches to your tongue! Try this with our homemade microwave popcorn.

Fun Popcorn Recipe for a Birthday Snack

This is an fun alternative to Brown Sugar Pop Tarts.


Cinnamon Brown Sugar Popcorn

6 Cups Plain, Unsalted Microwave Popcorn (see recipe above)

¼ Cup Amish Country Buttery Popcorn Topping

¾ Tsp. Ground Cinnamon

¼ Cup Brown Sugar


Pour butter into paper popcorn bag and shake to mix. Add brown sugar and cinnamon, and shake bag again. Enjoy.

What else can you do with popcorn? Things to do with popcorn.

To celebrate the book, make a Frog Prince Puppet. Here's a similar frog puppet pattern and how to from DLTK. We used a mini paper plate and styled our puppet to look like Froggy! If you want, add a yellow crown to make a frog prince.

frog puppet pattern birthday party activity
Frog puppet for Froggy's Worse Playdate theme birthday party.
 You will need: mini paper plates, paint or markers, scissors, tape, and construction paper.

Froggy's Best Babysitter
Froggy's parents are celebrating their 10th anniversary. Froggy has to stay home with his baby sister and a baby sitter. Froggy makes lots of messes, and he plays in the bathtub with his baby sister.

Froggy's Best Babysitter by Jonathan London.

As a companion craft for this book, and a fun activity for your frog theme birthday party, you might like to make a froggy pond sensory play bin like this one from Growing a Jeweled Rose.


froggy birthday party activities for toddlers
A froggy sensory play bin, like this one from Growing a Jeweled Rose,
 is a fun birthday party activity for toddlers.

Have you enjoyed these books and companion birthday activities for book lovers? Are you ready to plan your own frog themed birthday party? You're going to need a book! Don't forget to HOP over to our Facebook page and leave a comment on our timeline.


Recommended Reading:

Birthday Party Activities and Ideas

Froggy Birthday Party Supplies:

Kiss The Frog Party Game *

Froggy Birthday Party Kit - 32 Person*


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Tips for Busy Families on the Go

Is your busy family always on the go? You need tips to make life easier!

We keep busy with lots of academic activities, but we also love to hike, swim, and play outdoors. As homeschoolers, we are involved in a special playgroup that enjoys playtime in local parks, roller skating, jump centers, and educational field trips. It seems, like many other busy families, we are always on the go and looking for tips to make life easier and less hectic.


Visiting an Aquarium
Enjoying learning about different species of fish.


Also, as busy homeschoolers, we search for special activities for physical education and fitness that can be a valuable educational experience. We are always coming up with new ways to learn while having fun. We especially love outdoor activities, but that can lead to cuts, scrapes, and allergies.


Tips for Busy Families on the Go
Dolphin and Manatee hunting in a kayak with Grandpa on the Manatee River.

When you head out for a hike or to go exploring the Manatee River in a kayak, it is important to always have a first aid kit, extra clothes, water bottles, bug spray, and we take allergy meds and Epipens too! Active families need to function like a team and be ready for just about anything. Now, we can take Puracyn® Plus along too. Puracyn® Plus is the first step in first aid. It helps clean wounds and is less irritating than peroxide or alcohol and more effective than soap and water. I find it amazing that it is safe for the eyes, ears, and mouth too! 

Puracyn® Plus is a convenient alternative to the otherwise messy job of cleansing the wound area, can be applied on the spot and on-the-go, and it won’t cause cell damage the way hydrogen peroxide can. It is the perfect addition to your first aid kits saving you the need for several different products.

We needed our Puracyn® Plus during Spring Break. Mayhem was excited about kayaking with Grandpa on the Manatee River. When she ran to the kayak, her clothes got stuck and toppled over a giant, concrete pelican! Then, when she hopped into the kayak, the tear from the pelican incident caught onto something in the kayak and scraped her leg. The pants are beyond repair, but her leg recovered nicely with a little help from Puracyn® Plus.


Getting some swimming in after a long road trip.

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Homeschool PE Egg Hunt for Elementary Students: Fun for a Family Get Together Party too!

Get Fit with this Creative Physical Education Easter Egg Hunt for Parties or PE Class

This Egg Hunt isn't just for Easter. Add physical fitness to your family get together, birthday party, gym class, or homeschool PE. Hide the eggs outdoors, and then hide physical fitness activities inside each egg. Make a game out of working out! In the video below, we improvised and had fun turning exercise into a fitness game that got the whole "family" involved. Enjoy!

Outdoor PE Games for Elementary with an Easter Theme.
Running around collecting strategically hidden eggs is a workout.



Outdoor Easter PE Game for Elementary Homeschool

Hmm... On second thought, this game is fun for kids of all ages! A high school class will get a kick out of this game too. So, gather your supplies from the list below, and get fit!

To play the game you will need:
  • Scrap Paper
  • Sharpie
  • 20+ Plastic Easter Eggs
  • 2+ players

How to Play the Game:

Sit down with the players and brainstorm PE activities. Choose things like: sit ups, push ups, jumping jacks, run around the egg ten times, jump over the egg 5 times, log rolls, touch your toes 3 times, arm rolls, deep knee bends, twist from side to side, leg kicks. etc.

  • Write 1 activity on a piece of paper. 
  • Place inside the egg.
  • Toss the eggs around the yard (or hide them).
  • Have the players line up at a start line.
  • "On your mark, get set, go!
  • Race to an egg, open it, read activity out loud.
  • Do the exercise.
  • Collect the paper slips to keep a tally of your accomplishments
  • Race to complete the most exercises.
  • The person who collects the most slips wins!

An Easter Egg Hunt is a fun way to sneak in physical fitness.
An Easter Egg Hunt is a fun way to sneak in physical fitness.



Recommended Reading: 



Ready-To-Use P.E. Activities for Grades 3-4 (Ready-To-Use Physical Education Activities for Grades 3-4) (v. 2)*


How to Make Easter Baskets


P.E. Games & Activities Kit for Grades 6-12: Over 250 Games to Put New Variety and Challenge into Your Physical Education
Program*


The Night Before Easter (Reading Railroad)*



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15 Resources for Dr. Seuss Lesson Plans Elementary School and Homeschool

Lesson Plans for Elementary and Homeschool Dr. Seuss Curriculum

 Dr. Seuss Lesson Plans Elementary School and Homeschool
 Dr. Seuss Lesson Plans Elementary School and Homeschool.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday with Dr. Seuss Lesson Plans for Elementary and Homeschool. We've scoured the web, especially our favorite blogs and websites, for companion activities for. Dr. Seuss books. When is Dr. Seuss' birthday? March 2. Enjoy!



Recommended Reading:


Bartholomew and the Oobleck: (Caldecott Honor Book) (Classic Seuss)*


And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street*


Oh, The Places You'll Go!*



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Cinquain Poetry: Fun Adjective and Adverb Video Lessons and Online Activities for Homeschooling

Cinquain Poem Examples for Students

In this online homeschooling lesson, we explore adjectives and adverbs and then use what we've learned to write a Cinquain poem. We found some fun videos and activities to help teach the difference between an adverb and an adjective. Scroll down for examples of Cinquain poetry. Enjoy!


Cinquain Poetry: Fun Adjective and Adverb Video Lessons and Online Activities
Cinquain Poem Examples for Students.


What does an Adverb do?

An adverb modifies verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Adverbs answer questions like: How? When? Where?


What does an Adjective do?

An adjective modifies nouns, pronouns, and phrases acting as nouns. Adjectives answer questions like: What kind? How many? Which one?

The adjective and adverb flash card video below is from Maple Leaf Learning. This video is best for preschool and early elementary, though it did help my third and fifth grader remember the difference between an adverb and an adjective.



Now that you are all caught up on adjectives, here is another fun video, which is more appropriate for second to sixth grade.



Here is another video from Grammaropolis. This one is my favorite!




Go old school and learn adverbs and adjectives with this Schoolhouse Rock grammar video.





Now, take what you have learned and use adjectives and adverbs to write a Cinquain. That's just a fancy word for a five line poem. Cinq means five in French.


Arts and Crafts Element

Supplies Needed:

Old Magazines
Construction Paper
Paste or Glue
Marker

Cut out adverbs and adjectives from old magazines.
Draw a line down your paper.
Label one side "Adjectives" and the other side "Adverbs".
Paste the words in the proper column.

Use the words to write a Cinquain poem.


Language Arts Element

How to Write a Cinquain


Line 1:  Use one word to describe the subject.
Line 2:  Choose two words to define the subject.
Line 3:  Pick three words to tell what the subject did.
Line 4:  List four words about how it happened.
Line: 5: Choose one word that restates or summarizes the action in your poem.


Math Element

Did you know there is math in poetry? It is better known as rhythm. If you completed all of the steps above, congratulations! You have written a simple Cinquain. Now, you are ready to plug in some more numbers and write a more complex Cinquain.

Rewrite your poem (or write a new one) using the following method. A true Cinquain is made up of a series of syllables.

Line 1: One word = two syllables.
Line 2: Two words = four syllables.
Line 3: Three words = six syllables.
Line 4: Four words = eight syllables.
Line 5: One Word and/or two syllables.

Once you've crafted the perfect poem, get some handwriting paper. Neatly, write your poem in Cinquain form. Decorate the paper to illustrate the actions and ideas in your poem.

Proudly display your poem for all to see!

Here are our examples of Cinquain poetry:

               Fishes.
      Black and Festive.
They wanted Mosquitoes.
Finally, they ate Mosquitoes.
              Delish!
-Jake

Is fishes a word? Yep.We used creative license to get two syllables in our first word. Jake wanted to write a poem about fish. So, he wrote a poem about various species of fish, or fishes to make the Cinquain work.

                       Kittens.
                 Tiny and Blue.
           Chasing Tiny Critters.
Catches the Fastest, Finest Chicken.
                     Pounces!
- Mayhem



Recommended Reading:


    A Is for Angry: An Animal and Adjective Alphabet*


    Poetry Patterns and Themes*



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    5 Best Sleepover Games and Activities for Teens

    Plan the Best Sleepover Ever with These 5 Cool Games and Activities for Teens

    These 5 easy party ideas for teenagers will help you plan a fun sleepover or even the best slumber party ever! Click the links to find more great birthday party ideas for both teen boys and girls. Enjoy!

    5 Best Sleepover Games and Activities for Teens
    5 Best Sleepover Games and Activities for Teens.




    plan a backwards birthday party
    Have all the guest wear all of their clothes backward.

    • Who's in the Bag?

    sleeping bag game:best sleepover activities
    Play, "Who's in the Bag?", at your next sleepover.

    Before the party, mark straws with the number of party guest minus

    one. On the last straw, write "it" with a Sharpie. Have each guest 

    choose a straw. Get everyone's sleeping bag and roll them out on 

    the floor in a large room. Send "it" into the bathroom or a closet.


    Now, everyone else climbs into a random sleeping bag (not their 

    own). Pull the bag over your heads so "it" cannot see who is who.


    When "it" comes back, he taps the foot of a bag and asks one question. 

    For example:  "What is your favorite color?"

    The person in the bag, disguises his voice to answer but answers truthfully.

    Now, "it" guesses who is in the bag. If he guesses wrong, he moves to the next bag. If he guesses right, the player gets to come out of the bag and watch the fun!

    Play continues until all player's identities are revealed.





    The guys from One Direction.
    The guys from One Direction.

    Before the party, find photos of cute guys. Make a Pinterest board

    just for the party. Pin as many cute guys as you can find, then pull 

    them up on the television screen with Chrome Cast. What would 

    you do with him? Make Out, Marry, or Dump?



    • Whip Cream Fingertips


    sleepover pranks
    Sleepover prank: place whipcream on a sleeping beauty's fingers, then tickle her nose.

    Put some whip cream on the fingers of the first one to fall asleep. 

    Unlike peanut butter, which is sticky and can be deadly if anyone 

    at the party has a peanut allergy, whip cream is an innocent 

    slumber party prank. Now, gently tickle sleeping beauty's face. 


    Watch what happens! For the record, I hate pranks. I'm opposed. 

    If you are the first one to fall asleep, you probably won't be a fan 

    of sleepover pranks either, so keep this in mind when choosing 

    activities for your party.



    • Cell Phone
    Play "Cell Phone", a sleepover game similar to 20 questions, but better!

    Gather the party guests and pick one to be "it". Send it to the 
    bathroom with loud music or headphones. Now, the rest of the 
    group chooses a noun for the game. 

    For example: Cat, Car, Flower, Food.

    Now, bring "it" back to guess the chosen word.

    "It" has to ask questions about the unknown word. So, she replaces 
    the unknown word with Cell Phone. She asks each player a 
    different question.

    For example: "Is the Cell Phone purple?" or "Does the Cell Phone 
    breathe?"

    Like Twenty Questions, the other players (in on the secret word),

    say yes or no until "it" gets the answer correct.


    The last player to answer the question before she guesses correctly

    becomes the next "it".




    Recommended Reading:



    Sleepover Party Mad Libs*




    The Everything Girls Ultimate Sleepover Party Book: 100+ Ideas 

    for Sleepover Games, Goodies, Makeovers, and More! 

    (Everything® Girls)*




    The Unofficial ONE DIRECTION Big Sleepover Trivia Party 

    Game: Find Out Who Loves One Direction The Most! - Star 

    Version (One Direction Trivia Party Game Book 2)*






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