This unit was implemented throughout a 9-week course with one hour long classes.
Standard 1: K.ESS3.2 Explain the purpose of weather forecasting to prepare for, and respond to, severe weather in Tennessee.
Standard 2: K.PS1.2 Conduct investigations to understand that matter can exist in different states (solid and liquid) and has properties that can be observed and tested.
Standard 3: K.RL.KID.3 With prompting and support, orally identify characters, setting, and major events in a story.
Standard 4: K.RL.IKI.7 With prompting and support, orally describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear.
Students started easy by making soup and mashed potatoes. Although easy, students had to work together and collaborate. Discussions were focused on characteristics of both dry soup and mashed potatoes prior to water being added. Kinders had to describe the characteristics of the water through the boil process.
After cooking, students reflected on how soup and potatoes compared to weather we have in our area. Following the Front-to-Front, Back-to-Back protocol, students discussed their drawings and findings.
As we continued to read our way through the book, students picked out a food that fell from the sky: frankfurters already in their buns with mustard clouds! So... we made them!
Discussions about what is possible and impossible continue through day 3.... but, let's add a bit more. Students took time to reflect on emotions and "stepping in someone else's shoes" by thinking about how the townspeople must have felt in specific events from the book.
Time to repurpose stale bread and use some STEM knowledge to push the boundaries of learning. Think of this lesson as a STEM-Culinary cross!
We finished the book but had to make sure we hadn't forgotten key details and events from the story. So.... we played true or false! Students colored statements according to the evidence found in the book.
Afterwards, we started the sequel! Pickles to Pittsburgh!
We played a game afterwards to meet our learning goals about using details to describe objects.
Who can make the biggest cookie like the one from the book?