Tuesday, June 3, 2014

We Love Books!


I'm linking up with Mrs. Jump's Class today for:


It's a link all about the books we love! 
The absolute ONLY thing I can say I am unhappy about with my STEM lab job is that I do not read aloud to children everyday.
I squeeze it in now and then and they love it!

Here's a favorite of mine that I used when we studied Physical and Chemical Changes:

It's written by the same author that wrote Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
It's the story of a divided kingdom.

 On the right side are people that are right-handed and on the left people are left-handed. Their differences are so extreme they even paint a yellow line down the center of the kingdom.

The line is heavily guarded by the Order of the Ambidextrous Knights of the Dotted Yellow Line. Not only do the knights guard the line, they also guard the marshmallows.
It seems one of the knights had won a contest a few years earlier and his prize was  marshmallows. Lots of them!

The people find very clever ways to use the marshmallows- including pizza, fluff, feeding horses, and roasting them (the Marshmallows, not the horses).

Everything seems to be going fine until someone accidentally falls over the line! The knights react quickly and fire their weapons.....

with their only supply- marshmallows. Soon the two sides of the kingdom are covered in marshmallows.
The people discover many new uses for the marshmallows and even begin to sit down to talk.


One of the knights declares firing the marshmallows to be silly which leads to a talk about how silly the yellow line dividing the kingdom is anyway.

The line is erased and everyone lives happily ever after!

It's a very cute little book with many lessons. It would work at the beginning of the year to use while establishing community in your classroom. You could talk about how our differences are sometimes silly!

You could also use it with any activity you do in the classroom that uses marshmallows.

You could even make s'mores!
We tried that one year in a microwave oven.
Do you know what a marshmallow looks like when you zap in the microwave??

Enjoy!


6 comments :

  1. Sounds like a great book. I just read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to my class last month after finding it in the book corner (I sadly hadn't even realised it was a book and not just a film...!). I'll keep my eyes open for this one too!
    Growing Little Learners

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  2. It is a great little book! In fact, I bought it only because of the other book! Turned out be to be great!

    Carol

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  3. Thanks for the great book. I love Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and am already planning marshmallow inspired activities to go with this book!
    Mrs. Spriggs’ Kindergarten Pond

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  4. Hi Melissa! I am glad you discovered this book then! It is a fun one and marshmallows are a great classroom tool -relatively inexpensive. I use them for building things all the time. The gooey ones are hard to get off the table tops, though!

    Carol

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  5. This linky is killing me- so many books I want to read now! I need this one for my son who is obsessed with marshmallows!
    ~Heather
    The Meek Moose

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  6. I know! I agree! I just keep finding great books and resources for them. Thanks for visiting!
    Carol

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