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Stampendous K-3 Science Projects

By: Cathy Scolnick

Stamping images with rubber stamps is great fun for students. Because the image itself is already complete, children with little fine motor skill will feel successful in completing a project that has the polished look of some of their contemporaries projects. Children can customize their creations by using colored pencils to fill in the stamped images. Another option is to use washable markers to color directly onto the stamp itself. Children as young as four can be successful with this technique.


Waterless Aquarium

Materials: 2 paper plates per child, rubber stamps of sea life, stamp pads or washable markers, moist cleaning cloth, tape, scissors, blue plastic wrap (available at major retail chains or grocery stores), plain paper, and Easter grass.

1.Have the students stamp images on one of their paper plates and some images on the plain sheet of paper.
2.Cut out the images on the sheet of paper. Using a small piece of tape, wrap the tape sticky side out around your finger, creating a sticky cylinder. Place the cylinder o the paper plate and then pace your cutout image on top of it. Your fish will float off the plate, giving it a 3D effect.
3.Place a small amount of Easter grass on top of the plate, so the fish seem to be swimming behind and through the grass.
4.Tear off a piece of plastic wrap large enough to cover the entire plate, wrap it over the plate, taping the excess on the back.
5.Using the second paper plate, fold it in half and cut around the indentation of the plate. Lay the paper plate upside down on top of the wrapped plate and tape at the edges. You now have a "porthole" through which to view the ocean!

Book Links:
"Big Al" by Andrew Clements, "Swimmy" by Leo Lionni, "A Million Fish--More or Less" by Patricia McKissack, "If You Were a Fish" by S.J. Calder, "Louis the Fish" by Arthur Yorinks, "My Very Own Octopus" by Bernard Most, "Old Turtle" by Douglas Wood, "A House for Hermit Crab" by Eric Carle, "How to Hide an Octopus & Other Sea Creatures" by Ruth Heller, "Life in the Coral Reef" by Bobbie Kalman, "Life in the Sea: by Marie Ruis, "Follow Me!" by Bethany Roberts.

Thinking Skills:
1.If you were to create your own undersea ecosystem, what would you put in it? What would you leave out? 2.How is life in the sea similar to life in your class fish tank? 3.The sea gives us many things including fish and plants for food. What can we give back to the sea?



Weather Charting

Materials: Blank graphs, daily weather forecast, rubber stamps of weather, stamp pad, moist cleaning cloth.

1.This project involves three students each day: student of the day today (#1), student of the day tomorrow (#2) and student of the day after that (#3).
2.Each morning student #1 goes to the stamp box and selects the stamp (or stamps) that reflect the current weather and stamps the daily chart. Student #2 stamps the weather she/he predicts will occur tomorrow, and student #3 stamps the forecast made by the local weather forecaster (newspaper, radio, or TV, whichever you decide is easiest to track).
3.At the end of the month, tabulate the student predictions versus the professional predictions. Tabulate the results--you might be surprised!

Book Links:
"The Cloud Book" by Tomie dePaola, "What Will the Weather Be?" by Lynda DeWitt, "Weather Words and What They Mean" by Gail Gibbons, "Weather" by the National Geographic Society, "The Storm Book" by Charlotte Zolotow, "Sun, Snow, Stars, Sky" by Catherine Anholt.

Thinking Skills:
1.What kinds of weather do you like best? Why?
2.Is it important to go outside to play in all kinds of weather? Why?
3.What role do the seasons have with weather?