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KICKING OFF THE BRIGHTEST TEACHER CONTEST 2017

Today I am helping kick off the Brightest Teacher Contest of 2017!!   I’m partnering with ASTROBRIGHTS® Papers to bring you a contest you don’t want to miss! Keep reading to find out the details on the contest at the end of this post. I am incredibly honored and thrilled to be working with Astrobrights again this year as a Bright Minds Ambassador.

 First, let’s talk about spring. With spring comes rain…and rainbows. In the classroom, spring brings a perfect opportunity to teach the water cycle. If you teach second grade, it might be part of your standard curriculum, however, I think teaching the water cycle can start as early as prekindergarten. The concept is simple and is one of the few science concepts most students encounter and have lots of prior knowledge to connect with. The water cycle unit can comprise of many activities such as poetry, science, art, math, and even social studies to study the effect rain can have on a community.

Today, I am sharing a simple water cycle craft students can complete. My favorite part of this craft is the rainbow. Although not an official part of the water cycle, I love bringing color to this craft. I know color helps retain information longer. Did you know eighty percent of the brain receives information visually. Color stimulates the visual sense. I think color is fascinating and definitely want to bring it into my lessons whenever I can.

 To complete the craft, students will be using my favorite paper from Astrobrights. Astrobrights provides the vibrancy of color I am looking for when teaching a new concept.

 

Water Cycle Craft

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Materials:

Rocket Red™

Plasma Pink™ (I threw this color in because I love pink 🙂

Cosmic Orange™

Solar Yellow™

Vulcan Green™

Lunar Blue™

Gravity Grape™

Cotton Balls

Glue Sticks or Bottled Glue

Directions:

First, I cut small squares of each color of paper. I used just clear baggies to store the pieces in. You can give each table group a set of baggies, call groups up to your table, or even put this out as a station.

water cycle craft

Then, each kid made their own rainbow with the cut squares.

They added cotton balls for the condensation (clouds).

Water Cycle Craft Collage

Next, kids added the rain and evaporation arrows.

Lastly, the kids labeled the parts of the water cycle. Since water cycle vocabulary can be a bit challenging, the craft makes it simple enough for them to remember.

Water Cycle Craft

I even taught them this fun song, sung to the tune of “Oh, My Darlin'”.

“Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation, on my mind.  It is called the water cycle and it happens all the time.”

And there you have it! A simple water cycle craft to incorporate in your water cycle unit. By incorporating color with the rainbow and movement with the song, I am confident the kids will learn the water cycle quickly.

And now…

Do you know the Brightest Teacher?

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Give them a chance to win their dream classroom! Nominate someone who goes above and beyond the lesson plan and they could win an amazing classroom makeover, valued at $5,000 sponsored by Astrobrights and designed by the Bright Minds. Head to their website to turn in a nomination.  All details can be found on Astrobrights.

This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. All ideas and opinions are my own and I only recommend products I am using and find value in sharing it with others.