Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bubbles Unit Study and Making Giant Bubbles


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I decided to put together a short unit study on bubbles. I used some great materials that I found on Teachers Pay Teachers like this freebie from Nicole Shelby, Bubble Gum Fun. And check out this bubble gum themed math freebie. You remember "Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a dish, How many pieces do you wish?" I enjoyed introducing my daughter to this rhyme along with some good ol' basic math practice. Then, there's this cute poem we read and discussed. We talked about the -ew digraph and listed some more -ew words. Then we built the words with Bananagrams letters and stamped them, then wrote them. Be sure to click on the pictures to get your own copies:

"Bubble Gum in a Dish" 0-20 Math AdditionLong u sound: /ew/ Bubble Gum Phonics PoemBubble Gum Fun in Reading Class Freebie
 
We also read some great books:
  • Bella Blew Blue Bubbles by Amanda Rondeau (Homophones)
  • Pop! A Book About Bubbles by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Bubbles Float, Bubbles Pop by Mark Weakland
  • Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy

Of course, bubble gum isn't the only way to study bubbles. Who doesn't love blowing soap bubbles?? And what about GIANT soap bubbles? Can it get any better?

They're easy to make. Here's what you need (if you can't tell by the picture)...

  • 1 small swimming pool
  • 1 hula hoop
  • about a cup corn starch
  • about a cup Dawn blue dish soap
  • about a Tbsp of glycerin (I don't know if this was necessary but we added it anyway)
  • about 1/2 a pool full of water
  • a big spoon for the fun stirring job
  • kiddos to make the bubbles

The best part of all is when you can get your big brother to make a giant bubble with YOU INSIDE!!


We tried and tried but could never get one of our giant bubbles to actually close up and be a big round bubble, but it was still a blast. We left the pool out for a couple days and the friends in the neighborhood played with it, too. I'd say it was a hit.

Check out this video we used to talk about some soap bubble science:



Here are some of the books we used and some other items that look really cool for a bubble unit. I especially like the bubble gum scented ink for stamping your vocabulary words, spelling words, or just for fun. I'm all about involving as many of the senses as possible in our learning.







Thanks for exploring bubbles with us. Can you think of anything you would add to a Bubbles Unit? It's sure a great topic and so much fun!

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