Feeling “Preppy” and a Freebie

One of my New Year’s goals is to not leave things undone.

This means finishing what I started, but also means closing out my

school day ready for the next.

So I’m feeling “preppy”.

Not the fashion look, but the peaceful

feeling that comes with being prepped for the next day.

I have been prepping my

1770-2013 timeline.

I am beside myself with excitement to put up the

13 American Heroes and get my kids reading the fluency passages

for each hero! Every Friday I’m going to put a Social Studies grade

in the grade book too!

MLK week is going to be my kick off… I’m giddy, I tell ya’ GiDdY!



American Heroes is on TpT if you want to check it out.

I have a freebie for you!


So this is all prepped and so is my hibernation experiment.

We are doing our lock down drill tomorrow, so instead of letting the

kids be freaked out…. I’m going to do wild, energetic science.



I will fill each jar with tap water and a thin pat of butter.

The hibernating bear's butter should be COLD water since their

body temp drops dramatically.

The awake bear should have warm bath water temp, since

awake animals are usually about 104 degrees or more.

The butter represents the stored fat that each bear has in his body.


The jar that is labeled the “hibernating bear” will go untouched

and his butter will remain intact and ready to keep him alive all winter.


I will give the “awake bear” jar to my hyper first graders.

They will shake the jar like only small children can.

I will play the song “Shake Your Booty”

and substitute in the word butter for booty….

*       *        *      a break from science talk    *         *        *         *   
We will pretend that we are not on lock down.

We will be so busy shaking our booties butter,

that not one child will have to go potty!

That’s the plan.

Because they are not allowed to go potty during

the lock down drill…

which admin announces over the speakers…

so power of suggestion……!

“Why can’t I go potty Mrs. Knight?!?!”

“Why? Why, you ask?”

Because we are pretending a psychopath is on campus with a gun.
Because we are pretending the world has really come to this.”
Because I have a plan if this ever really happens
and we are all going to make it!”

Because Mrs. “Thus and So” said you can’t go potty right now,

and she is the Big Boss, so I have to listen to her.

But here is a skittle. Let’s read a book.”

So hibernation science will be a great distraction!

No need to go potty when you are having fun.

*      *       * science talk resumes     *      *      *

The shaking will break up the butter.

This will illustrate how a bear who

is awake roaming, ice-skating, and making snow

angels will use up his energy.

Once he is hungry he will find out too late that the food supply is gone.

I gently point out, that without food the bear WILL die.

{cue mad scientist laughter}

(not really)

And that is why bears and other animal hibernate during winter.

Then, we fill out our science journal 

(from my unit Mammals of the Woods).
Hibernation journal 2

All the goodies you see above are for you, my sweet peeps!

I hope you enjoy them!

Leave me a comment telling me if you downloaded.

It makes me feel sooo good knowing that

other people are loving this too!


  1. This looks fabulous. I can't wait to try it with my kinders this week. Good luck with the lockdown. I am sure this science experiment will keep them so engaged that they will forget you are in a lockdown.
    Learning with Mrs. Parker

  2. LOL! We have a lockdown drill next week too! Stinks that it has come down to that.

  3. What a great little activity! I'm going to have to store that one away for next year ;) Thank you for the download!


  4. How cute! I absolutely love this! I'll have to squeeze it in somewhere ;)


  5. I lub how you doctor up your pics with cute fonts, Katie! And...I'm working very hard to get to that "preppy" feeling, too.

    Hugs - Lisa
    Growing Firsties

  6. This is so adorable! I downloaded it and hope to use it in an upcoming science unit. Thanks for sharing!

    Plus, your break in the science talk cracked me up. I spend our emergency drill breaks trying to get kids to stop playing with the coats in the closet.

    Compassionate Teacher

  7. I am super excited to do this with my preschoolers. In fact, I haven't stopped singing the song since I read your blog ("shake, shake, shake...").

  8. You are quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs! I love this idea and it's perfect timing because I am doing my bear unit this week and next. Thank you!
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  9. This is absolutely awesome! Thank you so much for sharing! I needed a good laugh tonight...which I got after I read your post for today!

  10. I have been reading many hibernation books to my kinders (Bear Snores On, etc.) and wondering what I could do to show why hibernation is necessary. This activity looks great!

    PS Our school has done several lockdown drills but is doing an actual evacuation (not just simple fire drill) next week.

  11. Just found your blog and think this is a really cute idea!

  12. Your blog is too cute!! I love it! I'm your newest follower. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I just found you over at Little Miss Organized. I am loving your American Heroes unit! Wow! I am your newest follower:)

    Amanda Bryant
    A Traveled Teacher

  14. Hilarious post. Thank you again! Was looking for your classroom pics...:)

  15. Thank you SO much for the blubber jar idea! Finding experiments that are mess free and good for a broad range of ages is super difficult, but I think my after school program kiddos will LOVE doing this experiment while we learn about hibernating animals! You rock!

    1. I'm so glad that you can find this useful!!! My kids loved it.

  16. I love your attempt at humor for the lock down drill. We have them here as well. We all need to be stuck in a corner as if it is happening so no cool science for us! I am always thinking that if someone tries to get into our classroom they are in for a treat because all of my students have autism. All of they students will exhibit behaviors at the same time and that intruder will be sorry haha!! Thanks so much for the hibernation experiment. You rule!!


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