Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Roaring Laughter Bear Adventure

Here is an mad lib template of my own making to help cub scouts have fun writing their short story for the Roaring Laughter Adventure Badge.  

Writing is very hard and not fun for a lot of boys this age,  but they can certainly tell silly stories, so if the leader wants to play scribe--that is a good and a template saves a lot of writing time! 

Requirement #3: Create your own short story (“Summer” Mad Lib). Remove some nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs from the story, leaving blanks. Without telling the story, have a friend insert his or her own nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in the story you created.  Be creative, use lots of describing words like colors, numbers, squishy, stinky, scratchy, etc.  Think of ridiculous things that could happen.  Have fun!

Requirement #4 With a partner, play a game that makes you laugh.  Example ("Apples to Apples Junior" or the ever popular minute to win it “face the cookie”)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Door Decorations

I was just thinking as I finished up a door decoration for my daughter's class that I've done nine of these wall sized art projects over the years and it is a shame I haven't taken many pictures of them. I did find some of my ideas on the computer though.  So my blog entry today is just my ideas over the years for door decorations.  I usually pick the ideas based on something I know about the teacher or the class.  Most of my sketches are pretty rough, I wish I had more pictures:(  Most of the door decorations have cutouts for the kids to write their names on thats what all the little cutouts are in the pictures.  For the ninja one we wrote all the names on the background in ninja script, it was a lot of fun.  For the teacher that liked Hawaii, we took pictures of all the kids in the class surfing and put them on surfboards instead of writing their names.  The fishing boat was the first one I ever did and a friend helped me, it was cuter than the picture.  One teacher had a zoo theme all year so we did a monkey.  Another teacher liked to play the guitar so we put a guitar on her door.  One teacher had a VERY rambunctious class that was always getting "carried away", so we did the ant picnic for her.  This year I just did pop art because I like pop art and I'm about out of ideas.

their names on.  

Friday, March 25, 2016

Nursery Easter Lesson


I got the text out of the LDS New Testament Stories, and the pictures are from "Baby's First Easter"

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Cadette Special Agent Badge

Lots of fun, Lots of work!

Fingerprinting Gathering Activity (requirement #1)
First we fingerprinted all the girls and made a chart showing how many fingers were loops, whorls, and arches.  Compared it to the national average!

·       CSI Party, play detective! (requirement #1)

We had a crime scene and then solved the case to find out who killed Jack Duck!

20 minute rotations
Careers: Crime Scene Photographer requirement #5
Photograph crime scene and girls each got a suspect list
Reading Body Language, Detecting Lies requirement #4
 Girls acted out all the suspects and different types of body language cues.  Girls got to read clue #1 which eliminated one suspect with a body language clue.
Play Detective requirement #1
Girls solved a case using fingerprint minutiae.  Girls got to read clue #2 which eliminated one suspect with a fingerprint clue
Forensic Lab requirement #3
Make fake-blood droplet cards and analyze the difference shapes of blood droplets based on angle and distance. solve clue #3, a blood spatter clue.
Eyewitness Activity
Girls learn about the unreliability of eyewitnesses and try their hand and drawing suspects.  Girls get the suspect's shoe print for  clue #4. 
Careers: Forensic Document Examiner
Girls learn to look closely at handwriting and look for clusters of similarities to make an identification.  Girl's use writing samples to identify who left the note found at the crime scene for clue #5.

Bonus: not forensics at all, girls learned about handwriting analysis which is like a personality test and was totally fun!!

We had a small snack and drink between one of the rotations because this was a long activity with a lot of work for the girls to do!

Our clues had to be in order, but the rotation order was flexible.

When girls finished clue #5 we let them open the "Whodunnit" envelope and read the solution to the mystery and get their Special Agent Badge!

CSI Mystery Party:
Crime Scene Scenario
Suspect List
Suspect Statements
Clues #1-5
The “Whodunnit” statement!

We based ours loosely off the CSI Date, but added two more suspects: Rita Booke and Anita Faber.

Rotation #1
Crime Scene Photography By the Book 
·      Enough photography checklists for each partnership at the rotation to have one.
·      Enough cameras for each partnership at the rotation

5 minutes Give a list of of careers in forensics, explain the purpose of crime scene photography and how to do it correctly.
10 minutes Have girls be Crime Scene Investigators!  Take pictures according to the FBI handbook, read “the crime scene” scenario and “The suspect list”.
5 minutes to rotate

Rotation #2 
Reading Body Language, Detecting lies 
·      Suspect statements
     list of body language clues and what they indicate
·      optional:  a hat or clothing prop for each suspect

3-5 minutes instruction on how to read body language and detect lies (not making eye contact, blushing, raising vocal pitch, touching face, scratching nose, fidgeting, repeating words like honestly or truthfully, leaving out details in a story, or changing the story when told repeatedly, blinking frequently.)

10 minutes read suspect statements and start guessing who did it and why!
5 minutes rotate

Rotation #3
Investigation Activity 
·      Minutiae Chart 
·      "Sticky Fingers Case" available from internet, pencils

3-5 minutes instruction on the importance of minutiae in identifying fingerprints
10 minutes solve the “sticky fingers” case answer these questions as they work through the case:
What type of finger print pattern is each finger of the suspects?
Is this combination of fingerprint patterns common? No, extremely rare.
Find two minutiae on the suspect’s fingerprints.
Try to match the crime scene fingerprints to the suspect prints.
Was the suspect at the crime scene? Yes
Was the suspect most likely right or left-handed? Right
Are the location of his prints at the crime scene consistent with a customer or a thief? Thief-they are on the cash register.
Is it surprising that the prints on the display case don’t match the thief? No.

Rotation #4 
Forensic Science Lab 
·      2 packets red Crystal Light (enough to make 2 quarts) (you may want to make a new cup for each rotation)
·      2 teaspoons boiling water
·      Paper cup
·      Straw
·      Coffee Stirrer or Capri Sun straws
·      White construction paper
·      Ruler
·      Measuring tape
·      Something to protect walls and floor like a disposable tablecloth, butcher paper, newspaper, large cardboard box.
·      Instruction papers, pencils
·      Optional: aprons or paint shirts

3-5 minute instruction on what Forensic Science is, how it helps solve crimes, and how to do this science project.
10 minutes to make blood spatter cards and to compare them with cards made by the other girls and solve clue #3
5 minutes to rotate
Don't focus too much on blood aspect since these are middle school girls, just have fun with the shapes!

20 minutes: Have a break between rotations for a snack.

Rotation #5 
Eyewitness Activity (requirement #2 and/or #5)
·      Computer(s) if using the “Art of Detection” game from the internet OR make your own with
     a photo suspect, video suspect, or guest suspect to run through the room
·      Pencils; paper

3-5 minutes discussion on forensic sketch artists, how learning to drawing certain shapes and features is like learning a language, the more you draw the larger your drawing vocabulary is.  Most people don’t pay attention to shapes and spacing of eyes, eyebrows, noses, and face shapes.  Most people do notice hair color and skin color.  Discuss why eyewitness accounts are often very unreliable and why that might be (weather, stress, health, personal bias).  Explain what the Innocence Project is and share a story about wrongful conviction. 
10 minutes Try drawing a suspect.  Girls can even describe someone they know to their partner and see how they do. 
Solve the footprint clue. (requirement #2)
Answer to Art of Detection:

Rotation #6  
Forensic Document Examiner 
3-5 minutes: Talk about how handwriting always varies and no one writes the same way every time.  Talk about how a "cluster of similarities" can be used to indicate a match between a known writing sample and an unknown document.  Talk about the main points to compare.
10 minutes: match up handwriting samples and

For fun: Handwriting can give a peek into your personality.  Make a writing sample and analyze it.
Slant of base line
Size of letters
Dots on i and crosses on t.
Neatness of letters

When girls think they know who did it, let them read “Whodunnit” and get their Special Agent Badge!

Family Picture

Monday, January 11, 2016

Letter O preschool day

O is for Octopus!
Gathering Activity: Build with blocks or paint color circles (cardstock works best, but ordianary paper will do) I encouraged the children to make four different colors.  Some of them wanted to paint 3 or 4 color circles.  A few of my younger ones just built with duplos and had me paint for them.  I'm not super picky as long as they have fun.  (Boys especially often learn from blocks and Legos better than paint.)  I used finger paint since thats what I had, but I'm sure washable tempera paint would be best.  I had a pile of q-tips and paint brushes and textured items to stamp with, but what I liked best was painting the textures with a q-tip and then stamping.  I was going for octopus camoflauge so I did orange swirls for coral, q-tip dots for bubbles, blue/green/purple for rocks, and I did a purple fish.  The kids free paint was very cute, the ones I did were a bit boring. I didn't have any full circles left for the picture, sorry!
 If a child's color circle doesn't have four, distinct backgrounds or if they want to use colors from more than one circle you can cut and paste/tape down onto the card stock and then outline it with a sharpie.  

If the paint dries, these can be assembled at class, otherwise make holes for the fasteners and show the parents a sample and have them fasten at home.  I put our paintings in the dehydrator for 20 minutes to speed drying times, but that is probably not something most people have on hand.

color circles

Letter Awareness:
We looked for the letter O on favorite food packages and ate some!  Orange juice would have been good for this or cheerios and Froot Loops.

Little Owl's Night by Divya Srinivasan
before reading=Do you go to bed at night or in the morning?  When do you think baby owls go to bed?  What does an owl do for fun all night long?  This is a funny kind of bedtime story because the owl goes to sleep in the morning!

Octopus Alone by Divya Srinivasan
before reading=does anyone ever bug you? do you ever want to be alone where it is quiet?  Do you know someone who is shy?  Are you shy?  An octopus is shy, watch her hide in her cave and watch everyone else play!  
while reading= when she is happy in her cave she is ________(orange)
how many seahorses come to tickle her?________(1,2,3)
When she leaves the cave what color does she turn?___________(blue)
When she is stripey can you find her?
Here she turns pink!
When she is scared of the eel what color does she turn?___________(white)  
See how she changes shape when she swims fast.
After she sees the whale she looks bubbly, where are the bubbles?
She misses her friends, so she goes home, can you find them all?  What fish is the prettiest?  Do you see the shark?

Watch this 4min video of real octopuses playing hide n' seek.  Gray plant, scared giant cloud, brown rock, green plant.  Where's the Octopus?  (I skip over the color cells part).  There is a 1 min mimic octopus film that shows zebra stripes and the octopus being a poisonous fish too!

Free Play and Take Home Craft:

I finish with free play while we assemble the take home craft.  

brass fasteners ($3 walmart), tape, glue stick, doubled sided tape (if possible), sharpie marker (optional).

top layer: Print the octopus on transparency paper (similar price to color prints) or trace onto a page protector with sharpie and cut it out.  Print the text pages on regular paper glue or double sided tape together.
I attached the octopus text page on top of the transparency with double sided tape for speed, but glue or cleat tape on the edges could workk too.  Put this on top of the color circle.  Stab a hole in the middle with an exacto knife or something very sharp.  Insert a brass fastener.  If the color circle is still drying just put the holes in the transparency page and color circles.  The pages can be fastened together later.