February 12, 2017

A Day in the Arctic: Room Transformation

This week we spend a day in the arctic.
We've been studying habitats, animal characteristics and even started our own research projects.
But we took a day off to explore artic-ish things!
So grab your cold weather gear and get ready to explore.

To transform the room, I used lots of paper, snowflakes and a little sparkle.
I covered my door in paper and made a sign.
I also covered the word wall and window with sheets of "ice" and "icicles". 

I also ordered a few items on Amazon.
I hung sparkle snowflakes from the ceiling, snowflake banner on our SmartBoard and snowflake cut outs on the window and word wall "ice" coverings.

The tables were also covered with white paper and some iridescent Easter grass for "ice". 
We worked with the lights off and arctic wind sounds some of the time. 

Earlier in the week, we read a book about Polar Bears and found the main idea/details with non-fiction text. So it was there turn to try it out themselves. I checked out several easy reads on arctic animals from the library. Each group had to read the book and record the main idea from the text. 
Who goes to the arctic and doesn't have a snowball fight? Not us of course. I wrote words on squares of paper. I turned on music and let them throw the "snowballs" across the room. When the music stopped, they had to find a snowball, open it and find the other student with their match to make a compound word.

Since the arctic is so incredibly cold, most people don't just venture there. We imagined if we did, how on Earth would we survive. So they wrote a procedural text on how exactly they would survive if the were in the arctic.

Our favotire part of all were our STEM stations!

I split the class up into 4 groups each to work for 12-15 minutes at each station.
At station 1 they build igloos out of marshmallows and toothpicks. At station 2 they made snowflake designs out of q-tips. At station 3 they used geoboards and rubber bands to make snowflakes. And at station 4 we made snow!

These days are so much fun, and not to mention engaging beyond measure.
If you would like to check out my last room transformation click HERE.

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