Little Polar Bear

An Interactive Story That...Makes Learning Fun!

Today we read a story about a little polar bear that changes colors. He's trying to change himself to be like others. But in the end, he turns white again and learns to be happy with himself...just the way he is!
 This is always such a good lesson to do with little learners. Using an interactive story like this helped them really SEE the changes Little Polar Bear was going through as we read the story. 

We love to make learning fun and this interactive story was definitely a HIT! We even got to do a snap-clap chant during the story...so, SO FUN!!!
We also love being able to integrate subjects any time we can. And this lesson let us integrate a bit of Science and Art as we discussed how colors mix and change.



The first time we read our story, we changed our polar bear's color without our students being able to see how we were doing this. We used a chair at our group time to hide our secret;) 


We didn't let them discuss how this was happening until the end. We just focused on the message and the meaning within the story. 


After we read our story this first time, we let our students discuss and share how they thought Little Polar Bear changed colors. Then we reread our story and showed them the process of how the colors changed. 


They LOVED this!!! Many of them had great thoughts & predictions about the colors changing. But seeing the process (with our honey bear bottle) and discussing how colors mix and change made it so much more meaningful. 

Here is a little video of our 1-2 multi-age sweeties singing the chant from our story.❤️


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If you are interested in doing this with your kiddies, we recently uploaded this fun little packet to our TPT store! You can click our picture below to check it out.


Thanks so much for stopping by sweet friends!








STEM Learning

Hibernation Stations

Today we worked in small cooperative groups using Brooke Brown's Hibernation Station STEM activity from her January STEM Packet! If you aren't sure about using STEM learning in your classroom, we are hoping this post will be helpful to you...It's truly engaging, fun, and builds happy problem solving learners!!!

Before we got into our groups, we brainstormed, discussed and charted about working in our groups. 


Our students are used to working in groups because they sit at tables on a daily basis. We have 46 1-2 multi-agers. We do our projects all together!


We had various materials set out on our tables before we started...some supplies were the same and some were different for each group.


We used our classroom timer to keep our students on track with each step as they worked. 


As our groups worked, we walked around visiting, taking pictures and questioning our students. 


Out of 11 groups, we had only 3 groups that needed some extra guidance and reminders about our Group Work: Preplanning Chart. (Not too bad...we were VERY pleased!)


We were also very excited about how creative our kiddos were with their materials. They made heating lights out of pom-poms, heating pipes out of pipe cleaners, insulation from cotton balls & felt, and SO much more!


We are a "Leader In Me" School and we use the 7 Habits in our classroom everyday!
STEM activities support many habits: 
Synergize...working together. 


Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood...listen to each other with an open mind.


Think Win-Win...everyone can we...you are a team!


Put First Things First...work first then play. We worked hard and then enjoyed sharing our projects with our whole class in group presentations.


Be Proactive...you're in charge. Working on STEM projects allows students to create and be in charge of their learning as they work with their group.


Begin With The End In Mind...have a Goal. Each STEM activity has an end goal that students begin with. 


Sharpen The Saw...balance feels best. We can't do STEM projects everyday but they are definitely a very important part of keeping our learning in balance.


We worked for about an hour before lunch. Then took a break and finished up after recess.  We discussed our progress, positives and problems before we started back up.


After we finished creating our Hibernation Stations, we completed our blueprints and let our creations sit to dry. 


We took time out throughout the next day to share our Group Presentations. This took all day with 11 tables. 


As our students presented, we had them talk about the materials they used, how they made their hibernation station warm, what their challenges were, and what they did to make improvements. We gave each group a special celebration after they presented.
Then we displayed our creations on shelves in our hallway!


We hope this post inspires you to use STEM Learning in your classroom! We would love to answer any questions you may have. (The quotes on our pictures are real quotes from our 1-2 multi-agers.)

And you should definitely check out our super sweet friend, Brooke Browns', TPT store!
Click her picture below to see the packet we used to make our Hibernation Stations.


Thanks so much for stopping by sweet friends~
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!❤️