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After listening to a reading of Dr. Seuss' Bartholomew and the Oobleck, students use graphic organizers and comic strips to practice sequencing. In a fun activity, small groups follow directions to make oobleck.
Primary Learning Objective(s):
Students will listen as the teacher reads the book, Bartholomew and the Oobleck. Students will list the sequence of events using a graphic organizer. Students will work in small groups to read and follow a recipe to make "oobleck." Students will create comic strips to retell the story using computer software.
Additional Learning Objective(s):
Students will demonstrate effective listening skills.
61 to 90 Minutes
Materials and Resources:
Bartholomew and the Oobleck, by Dr. Seuss; sequencing graphic organizer from Makes Sense Strategies (see attached); "oobleck" recipe and ingredients(water, corn starch, green food coloring), overhead projector, mixing bowls, measuring cups, Ziplock bags, comic strips
Technology Resources Needed:
computer; word processing program with graphics such as Print Shop, Print Master, or Microsoft Word; printer
Review key words used when sequencing events (first, next, then, last, etc.)
Students will complete the graphic organizer with 100% accuracy. Students will successfully read and follow the recipe to make "oobleck." Students will complete their comic strips following the sequence listed in their graphic organizers.
This lesson could be used in a science lesson about states of matter. (Is "oobleck" a solid or liquid?) Because a recipe is used, this lesson could also be used as part of measurement and/or fractions lesson in math. Advanced students could design their own comic strips that could be cut apart and used to help struggling students put events in sequence.
Students could be given frames of comic strips from the newspaper that have been cut apart. Students will put them in the correct order based on the events.
Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom
for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading
or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at
a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with
short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions;
poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.