Lesson plan developed by Ms. Erika Geelhoed, BA Ed
* Lesson plan objective and assessment can be adapted to use this activity with school-age children.
Prepare for activity by creating the Oobleck. Mix equal parts cornstarch and water in a plastic tub. Add in a few drops of the red food coloring and a small amount of cinnamon. Begin lesson by reading Bartholomew and the Oobleck with students. Stop and predict and summarize with students from time to time to practice reading skills. When finished, present the Apple Cinnamon Oobleck to the students. While they are playing, talk with them about what they are experiencing. Ask them to describe the scents and textures of the Oobleck. You can prompt them with questions like:
- What other things smell like this?
- Have you ever felt anything like this before? Tell me about it.
- What does this smell remind you of?
- Observe and record the student’s reaction to the Oobleck. Be sure to record any ideas or thoughts they had with you or other students about the activity.
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Inquiry Skills Activity
Make predictions about changes in materials or objects based on past experience.
Try it: Before spending time at the water table, gather an assortment of classroom materials and have students predict whether they will sink or float in water. Have children describe their prior sink and float experiences and use those stories to make predictions as a group.