It is no secret, I am pretty crazy about carrots. I have created lots and lots of projects with carrots and shared many of them on my blog. This post is especially designed to share ways to use carrots in the classroom. From math and science to language arts, these ideas could be used to create a unit or a “Day of Carrots” with kiddos.
Carrots offer a variety of ways to teach mathematical skills to kids. I love this one for simple counting. I used my carrot die from the Nutrition Set that I designed for Ellison Education to make the carrots. I used my Lemonade Alphabet Lower Case die to make the numbers. Simply glue the carrots to a large piece of paper and allow the kids to number them from 1-5 and then paint green tops to match the numbers. I love the acrylic paint colors from the Apple Barrel collection by Plaid.
Roll And Cover Game:
This fun math game is fun to play with two kids in a center or a group of 4. Each kids gets a sheet and objects to cover the carrots.
I made these carrots with Sculpey Bake Shop clay for kids. They roll a die and if they can cover a carrot, they do. They pass the die around until someone has all of their carrots covered. You can download this sheet FREE here.
I actually did an entire math packet of activities and you can buy it in the Laura Kelly Classroom store on Teachers Pay Teachers right HERE.
Did you know that carrots will grow green tops once the bottoms are cut off. Simply cut the bottoms off and place the carrot tops in shallow water. This is a fun activity that allows a chance for observations to be made in a science journal over a period of days.
Sink or Float:
Carrots sink regular water but float in salt water. This is another fun experiment to do and discuss the difference between the two waters.
There are several great picture books about carrots. Two of my favorites are The Carrot Seed (Krauss) and I Can Dress Myself (Muller). I shared this fun literary connection earlier this week from I Can Dress Myself.
If you would like to buy my CARROT MATH Classroom pack, you can do it in my Laura Kelly Classroom Teachers Pay Teachers Store.
Cheers to Carrots and to Learning,
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