Well, I haven't had much computer time lately but did finally finish an April Fools activity. It's in jpeg format until I figure out my PDF software issues. I made April Fools addition cards last year, so this year I made subtraction cards.
This is what "Spice" (my three year old) calls the space shuttle "Discovery" :-) We have been closely following Nasa for the past couple weeks. We watched as they prepared the Discovery shuttle for the recent mission, and watched the launch live. We've explored the Nasa sight and learned so much! Every day Discovery was in space Nasa.gov posted a video recap of the mission that took place the day before. Spice insisted on watching the launch 2 or 3 times a day, and I held my breath in anticipation every time even though I knew how it turned out!
The Discovery shuttle has an amazing history and after watching it land safely on earth for the last time, we decided to make it a goal that we see Discovery up close in the next couple years when it will be at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.
Also, Nasa's Twitter page is great! It gives up to the minute information and lot of great links.
Here are some cool things we found:
Fly Your Face in Space!
Our faces will be in space! I used pictures of my kids with their names but they thought it was funny that I put a picture of Buzz for me instead. Of course, I didn't realize that there was not a step to confirm, lol. So my name is going to space with a picture of Buzz! Here is the link to get your face in space for the next launch in April. https://faceinspace.nasa.gov/index.aspx
Buzz Lightyear went to space for 15 months!
Ok, my kids think he's still on the International Space Station because when they play the "To Infinity & Beyond" Buzz game from Nasa and complete the missions, you see video footage of him floating through the Space Station. One of the missions allows you to see how different toys work in space--so cool! This and many more games and activities that I haven't even checked out yet are here: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/index.html
See how astronauts eat, sleep, and play!
Tons of good info on Nasa's website! This link will link you to lots of cool interactive pages, including the interactive food tray pictured above:
Here are the last 2 things I made. The skill for the first game is money! Counting change. I kept it pretty simple, but flexible in the way you can use it :-) I made it in black & white, and in color. I also made some blank so you can add your own change amounts. You could also use real (or pretend) money instead of the pictures of coins I included.
And the last game is an addition game that can be made into a file folder game. The addition equations are on the gold coins, and they slide into the pots that are marked with the answers. I also made a version that has the pots on black & white (coins are still in color).
I have been working on some St. Patricks Day activities for a few weeks now, but my computer started to crash. So I spent days backing up to avoid what happened during my last crash (lost everything). It was a success, and my new computer is up and running. Now I need to get adjusted to some new programs, but at least I was able to use a junky laptop to finish these things on my old programs :-)
So here they are:
First up is a sight word review activity. We use Hooked on Phonics for our reading program, so these are from their list of "helper words". For every word that is read correctly, a coin is added to the pot. One sheet will be needed for each player.