Summary from Amazon:
In this Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, join Bartholomew Cubbins in Dr. Seuss’s classic tale of one king’s magical mishap. Bored with rain, sun, fog, and snow, King Derwin of Didd summons his royal magicians to create something new and exciting to fall from the sky. What he gets is a storm of sticky green globs called Oobleck, which soon causes a royal mess. But with the assistance of the wise page boy Bartholomew, the king (along with young readers) learns that the simplest words can sometimes solve the biggest problems.
How to Use Bartholomew and the Oobleck in the classroom:
- Have students justify the importance of apologizing. Let students share a time when they needed to apologize. Let them talk about some of the reasons they (and other people) are apprehensive about saying ‘I’m Sorry’.
- Learn more about the water cycle using the EPA’s Thirstin’s Water Cycle.
- Let students make and observe oobleck (non-edible). You can use this recipe from Food.com. If you want to use smaller amounts a great rule of thumb is two parts cornstarch and one part water.:
- 2 cups cornstarch
- 3 drops food coloring
- 1 cup water
- Mix ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. (Add water slowly as it may not need entire cup!).
- Find out the science behind oobleck and more from Scientific American.
I’ve done different oobleck activities with elementary students, high school, pre-service teachers, and my colleagues. From making observations (when you observe you use your 5 main senses) with kindergartens to investigating colloids and non-Newtonian fluids with high school students, oobleck is a fun way to explore science!
Note: It is important that participants make the oobleck themselves. It may get messy but clean up is easy. Never let messiness stop learning. Because really, what’s the fun in that.
Dr. Seuss is great for all ages. How could you use Bartholomew and the Oobleck?
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