Sunday, October 25, 2015

Bartholomew and the Oobleck : A Recipe for fun learning !

Students in Grade 2 have been studying Dr. Seuss in an author study. In class, we have read many books by Dr. Seuss, examined his writing style and illustrations, have learned about his life, and also have had in depth book discussions on some of books his including The Lorax.  

Bartholomew and the Oobleck is a book about a very greedy King. He wanted to invent something that would fall from the sky (other than rain and snow) so that he would be famous forever. Sadly, he created ‘Oobleck’ which almost destroyed the town. He was able to fix his disaster by saying 2 simple words, ‘I’m sorry’.

After reading the book, students used their imaginations and wrote about something they invented to fall from the sky. They wrote about things like candy, chocolate, and endless fruit falling from the sky! They also made their own illustrations.

Of course, after reading the book, we had to make Oobleck! We mixed cornstarch, food coloring, and water to create a non-Newtonian substance, which is not a liquid and not a solid. Students LOVED the way this silky substance felt in their hands. The slime looked wet yet felt dry.  It acts like a liquid, but when sqeezing it, it turned into a solid.  

Looking for a rainy day activity at home?  Make Oobleck!  Our 2nd graders have the recipe!