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Slime Science

Since I'm not in a school this year I have still been involved with kids even in my community.  Recently I held a slime science event at a local community center for parents to drop off kids and shop/wrap presents if need be.  We had four different slime stations and lots of learning and fun took place.

I loved that kids wanted to come outside of school and I tried to provide some great extensions about science from what they are learning.  The stations we had were:

  • Magnetic Slime
  • Color Changing Slime
  • Glow in the Dark Slime
  • DIY Slime
I wanted this to extend education in addition to the clear fun of "slime" on its own.  I made a specific booklet that contains all the recipes that we used and activities that go along with each type.  

For our specific event, we had kids rotate around in groups and really didn't get to do too much of the book work, but the table leaders went into specific details and experimented after making it.  

The way our event worked was 2 rotations of slime, then we met, talked and had snack, then finished up our last 2 rotations.  At the end, we met back up and looked at our books to find something new we learned or write it down and that is what they shared before they left.  

Overall, this would make a great family night for your school.  Buying the supplies in bulk really cuts the cost of the event.  We used 2oz cups since they got to take home 4 different types and that worked out great.  The booklet even comes with a whole page of parent extensions!

My four favorite parts:

1.  My Pearly Snow Slime:
Guys I seriously could not stop playing with my own slime I made.  At the DIY station I used White Pearl Paint combined with sequins to make a winter-y pearl paint.  I loved the shimmer and shine but it wasn't too much and the consistency came out just right.  We learned no matter how many times we made it that consistency varied each time it seemed like - too loose, too tight or just right.  It took lots of trial and error - we used pipettes to drop in the Borax solution to make sure we weren't adding too much.  Watering down the glue helps as well.

2. Magnet Fights
Because we used Iron Filings and Iron Oxide in different batches we could test the strength of each. Below is a video of the two different types and how they interacted with Neodymium Magnets .

*yes those magnets have to be used - I noted that in parent materials*

Pulling back the slime reveals the magnetic field!🤓🤓🤓

Also what's really cool is that those two slimes become magnetic to each other after polarized with the magnet.  If they are stored near each other the iron fillings will all gravitate towards the iron oxide slime - PRETTY COOL!

3. Exact Temperature Changes
The color changing slime was so fun to make and experiment with! Thermochromic pigment makes this slime so special. The pigment changes color with different temperatures! I could not find one to purchase that changes at a lower temp. Ours changes at 88 degrees Fahrenheit which actually worked out well.

We could dip it in hot tap water, warm with our breath, stretch out warm slime and watch it cool, and get metal utensils warm to make patterns!

The cool science part was letting students use a thermometer to experiment with exactly what temperature changed the slime. Lots of trial and error to figure it out. The powder can be a little pricey but woukd easily make a big batch for one class!!

4. “Literal” lightbulb moments 
The glow slime was really eye opening for some of the kids that have never seen black lights or used them before. It was so cool to see their reactions to he parts.  Clear Glue works better than white glue for glow slime!

We used Highlighter ink in our water since it glows in black lights, we used glow paint and black light paint to make sure our slime glowed in dark and under black light really well. I made sure kids got to see each part of that process as well! 

If you are interested in the workbook that goes with the materials to use in school or for parents you can find more information by clicking here or any of the pictures below.  It also comes with an editable invite and some promo resources!

My top picks: 

10 Ways to Make a Teacher's Day

I’ve been there! The long conference days, unplanned drills, sick students...each day is a surprise and we live for it.  We wouldn't have it any other way.   Teachers give day in and day out - all day every day.  Transferring the office world made me realize even more how little teachers get a break even though they have the most demanding job.   Want some ways to #thankateacher on special days or any day - they are with your child daily so even a little pick me up is ALWAYS welcome.

These are more idea for throughout the year.  We celebrate Teacher Appreciation week but they dedicate a whole year to your child.  Here's some ideas to get teacher they will LOVE!

1.  Target 

Target dollar spot items, the coveted Target Giftcard you name it - teachers love it all.  So many items they can use there!  You cannot go wrong.

2.  Cleaning Supplies

Especially for Christmas or flu season - we always seem to be out of Kleenex or Lysol Disinfecting Wipes and so desperately need them.  To save asking again in a newsletter this is great to help stock up later in the year!  Hand Sanitizer too!

3. Caffeine + Treat  

@whattheteacherwants shared how she brought caffeine and a donut to power through conferences. LOVE this idea - what teacher would not appreciate that.  I would sink in my chair and dive right in.

4.  Positive Note

Write just a little note saying how much you've enjoyed a particular aspect of their classroom, teaching, relationship to child, etc... Even if its work to find one thing - it would go a long way for your relationship.  The positive relationship between parent and teacher is crucial why not encourage it.   Your child can help write or make a card too.  I have some great FREE ones for teachers to start you off!

5.  Dinner

If you have a good relationship or really like your teacher - imagine showing up after pick up line with dinner for his or her family.  Even takeout you picked up so they wouldn't have to cook that night!  I would *faint* if this happened...maybe then I would scarf up the food.  In my previous schools, we were pretty tiny so our community was close and we knew each other well so this was a likely possibility but honestly any teacher would appreciate it!

6.  Donate to classroom

Does your teacher have a Donor's Choose Project?  Do they have an Amazon wishlist?  Use them!  I started those one year and got tons of books that we so desperately needed in our classroom.  Parents didn't have to guess because they knew what we needed.  They liked helping out the classroom too so all the students could benefit.  Look in their newsletter, website, or ask!  I don't think any of us are shy if it will benefit our students!

7.  Office Supplies

Teachers go crazy for Post-its EXPO Markers, Flair! Pens, sharpies, Astrobrights Color Paper, Thermal Laminating Pouches, --- sorry for the name-dropping but this stuff is like SUPER cool in the teacher world.  We go crazy for it.  Click on the links to check out my absolute favs that any teacher would be dying to have!

8. Volunteer

What can you do to help --- redo a bulletin board, help cut out pieces for a game, organize library books?  We could always use help AS LONG AS YOU ASK AHEAD!  We might send work home for you or have you work in school and maybe not in the classroom with your child but do know we appreciate your time to help things run smoothly.  *Bonus* if you make this a weekly or monthly task!

9.  Treats

Baked goods/ chocolate (or treat of choice) are a guarantee of getting us to smile. A little bit goes a long way.  Usually getting into 2nd or 3rd grade your child knows what your teacher's favorites are, sometimes they post them in a intro letter so there is no guessing.  Use that info!

10. TPT Giftcards

Teachers spend countless hours and money on supplemental curriculum for their students.  Why not help them out and they get to choose - bonus --> the students always win!  They get awesome resources and the students learn *and* love the outcome!

Why I'm Kinda Lovin my DESK Job! - Words I Never thought I'd Say

To be honest, I'm kinda scared to write this post.  I feel like I will be disowned as a teacher somehow but if there is anything I've learned in the education field - teaching never leaves you! I want to be honest because teachers are who I connect with - they're my people.  Well... I won't be in the classroom this year.  I'm working at a desk job....SAY WHAT?! You're probably thinking that's crazy...I would agree.  I want to explain and how I got here and how it's totally changing my outlook.
This school year I was suppose to move into a new position - teaching technology (which I would have loved!) but between different requirements and the workload I knew I could't take it on with my little (read 2 small boys) family.  I looked at other positions and now work for our state department of education.  Its a whole different world, but still connected to education.  Let's get into some reasons this has totally changed my outlook:

1) INDEPENDENCE - I can take breaks - people!! I can have lunch with adults and not have to also watch my class.  I can take a bathroom break ANYTIME.  I don't have 20+ sets of eyes and minds needing attention 7 hours of the day.  I love that I can commit to self care.  That is so hard to do while teaching.  I walk up to my floor (5 flights of stairs) and can bike at my desk with my awesome deskcycle and even walk around town on breaks which doesn't look weird because lots of people do it.  I've even lost 15lbs!  Sure I walked around my room teaching but I not near the amount I get here or I'm just way more aware now.  I don't hardly have to take time away at home to exercise which is so crucial for family time.  The tradeoff of no long breaks or summer might be tough but not spending all the extra time planning, grading, cutting, laminating...I'll give it up for a bit.

2) ADULTS - I work with adults in education.  Yes I will miss the kids tremendously but I'm still so connected to education and collaborating with adults on this side is pretty rewarding.  State depts always seem to get a bad wrap but seeing this side - the legislation, the obstacles, the triumph and battles fought here that students on a statewide level is pretty neat.  I get valued for my skillset not more or less just differently than before.  Most are past educators so we're really all connected.  Teachers are still teachers at heart and they are just the most amazing people.  Adults aren't all that bad - we do still get to decorate and plan fun events like Oreo tastings - I love that its not a "boring" workplace (so far!)

3) CONSISTENCY - I have set hours! No morning/after school IEP or faculty meetings.  I don't make sub plans when I'm at home or need to leave early to grab a sick kid (less guilt!) Sometimes monotony can be underrated especially with my Type A personality the dependability really helps mentally.  I know my jobs and can manage the stress from them and deadlines  -- which is not always the case with surprise assemblies, fire drills, sick students...

Thanks for letting me share this side.  Stick around I still have plenty of ideas to share as my teacher brain doesn't have a shutoff button.  I know this was the right step for my family and I'm definitely not closing the door to teaching.

Teachers are amazing AMAZING passionate selfless people and when I think of reasons I like my job they seem so selfish.  There is nothing - not one thing - that could compare to a hug from a student, a smile from a student, a note from a student and I will those moments so much.  I felt I had to write this since it has come up so much lately in my new job and from other educators.  I had to write this for me, make it ok with myself because I wasn't giving up on teaching (more of a sidestep) and don't want to be a fraud of sorts.

Don't worry my new office still has my pen caddy (which makes other jealous!) and they even passed around a Scholastic Order today.  Stay tuned for some exciting events these next couple months!

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