Need ideas for a fun 30 min education outdoor activity

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  1. 773 Miles Away

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    My class has been doing so well lately with their behavior etc that I told them on Friday we would have a celebration. The weather should be nice so I'd like to go outside for about half an hour at the end of the day. I can't just give them an extra recess, so I want to plan some sort of outdoor fun activity that is educational. For some reason I am simply stuck on ideas.

    I have 22 4th grade students and we have a large square "playground" ... and by "playground" I mean a fenced in flat piece of pavement. lol.

    Thanks!!
     
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  3. teacher12345

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    hmmm.... talk about side walk chalk/ how it is made etc., you could even make side walk chalk and go outside and draw with side walk chalk.

    Make a bubble solution and kids can do bubbles.

    the coke and mento experiemnt is lots of fun!

    Kids always like to make flubber, that could be done outside.
     
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    How about Alka-Seltzer rockets?
     
  5. 773 Miles Away

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    Hmmmm that's a possibility!
     
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    Teacher12345...
    Can you share how you do the coke and mentos thing? I know, you just pop one in there and it goes nuts... but how do you keep it safe? That's my biggest concern. That, and without getting the kids all sticky.
     
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    The coke and mento thing would be safe if the kids step far enough away and the teacher would have to put the mento in, and step back, but the kids will love watching it! but tip, it only works once in a coke bottle, so you will need more than one to do it multiple times.
     
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    Im all for bubbles!!!

    Have the kids make the joy solution in the classroom (google the recipe, the one that uses joy is the best one)....following the recipe and measuring is an instant science lesson

    Ask them to bring in objects from home, wire hangers, sixpack plastic from soda, etc. talk about recycling/reusing and create bubble wands from these items.....bring some things in yourself too or get a few wands from the dollar tree

    THen friday they can try out their wands and spend the day making bubbles!! FUn!
     
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    773, when i need random household materials, I send an all-call out to the school via email. I can almost always find the things I need very quickly that way :)
     
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    If you do coke and mentos, use diet coke. It works better.
     

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