Bartholomew and the Oobleck!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

This is one of my FAVORITE Dr. Seuss books to read to my first graders. It's about a young boy named Bartholomew who must rescue his kingdom from a sticky substance called Oobleck! After reading the story with my kiddos, we make Oobleck. Here is the easy recipe- 2 cups of cornstarch, 3 drops of green food coloring, and enough water to make the mixture thick like the texture of pancake batter. I usually mix equal amounts of water and cornstarch, but make sure you mix it in slowly. Once the Oobleck is made, I give each child their own sandwich bag full of Oobleck and let them explore it, which is oh so much fun. Every year, Oobleck is a BIG HIT! Knowing that Dr. Seuss would want us to have fun on his birthday, it's the perfect activity!!!

Some fun things we do with the crazy green stuff are...
  • Discuss how Oobleck is a solid and a liquid- we call this a "soliquid" :)

  • Oobleck does not bounce.
  • If you make an Oobleck ball and throw it in the air, it will lose it's shape and become flat in the air.
  • Oobleck can be molded in a container, but it loses it's shape as soon as you take it out.

  • If you fill a balloon with Oobleck, the air forces the Oobleck back out.

  • When you leave Oobleck outside in the sun, the color evaporates, it turns hard like cement on top and is like jelly on the bottom.

I also made a graohic organizer for my sweeties to illustrate, write describing words, and a sentence about Oobleck. Click on the picture below if you would like to download it.

I'm SO excited about reading Bartholomew and the Oobleck on Tuesday!
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!

This weekend had been quite busy with a wild toddler, lesson plans, and a bunch of grad school work, which means that my Spring/Easter center packet was put on the backburner for a bit...can you relate? I will get it posted later this week:) If you need centers for St. Patrick's Day, you can go grab my St. Patrick's Day Math and Literacy center packet on TpT HERE for only $5.00 right now!

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Reading Response Station

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Here is my Reading Response station that my kiddos go to after they listen to a story at the listening station. I differentiate it by using leveled book reports or graphic organizers. Students choose which reading response sheet they would like to complete out of their colored, labeled pockets (made with laminated file folders). I give each group two reading response options. I have 3 different leveled groups with 2 different options so altogether there are 6 different sheets in the reading response center. I typically change them out every 3-4 weeks! As you can see from the pictures, I use already made response sheets for this center. I don't know about you, but I have an extensive variety of graphic organizers. One of our first grade standards is that a student uses them to understand text, which makes them a perfect fit for the listening station!