Over the past weeks we have been deciding what our magic pills will do if they are taken. To inspire the kids we used packets of mini m and m’s. Each coloured m and m represented a different pill and what it was for. The only limitation to what the pills could do was the imagination of our grade twos. There were ones that made you invisible, strong, creative and colourful. We had a lot of fun with this activity 🙂
We also took a look at prescription labels and what information is on them. We had a go at filling one out. We included the Doctor’s name, date, directions and what the medicine would do for the patient. After some discussion and debating as a class we came up with what we would all write on the prescription label.
Our iPad activity this week was to review the book George’s Marvellous Medicine using the app Strip Designer. We have been learning about this app for the past four weeks. The grade twos had to create a layout, change cell styles, add a header and footer, add three photos with frames and borders and give the book a rating. Then save their work to WebDAVNav and print it out. Text fonts and colours were left up to each child to make as colourful as they wished.
The grade twos did an amazing job and we were very proud of their efforts 🙂 🙂
Here’s just a sample of some of the book reviews and we think we can happily say the grade twos love the book ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ by Roald Dahl
As you can see the students were captivated and didn’t want me to stop reading!
As George removed the cork and began very slowly to pour the thick brown stuff into the spoon, he couldn’t help thinking back upon all the mad and marvellous things that had gone into the making of this crazy stuff – the shaving soap, the hair remover, the dandruff cure, the automatic washing machine powder, the flea powder for dogs, the shoe polish, the black pepper, the horseradish sauce and all the rest of them, not to mention the powerful animal pills and powders and liquids…and the brown point.
‘Open your mouth wide, Grandma,’ he said ‘and I’ll pop it in.’ ‘Here we go!’ George cried out. ‘Swallow it down!’ He pushed the spoon well into her mouth and tipped the mixture down her throat. Then he stepped back to watch the result.
It was worth watching… and these were only some of the things Grandma did!
It’s the start of assessment again for the Grade Twos. This week and next week they will be given the chance to show us what they have learnt to do with the app ‘strip designer.’ This week we modelled everything we have learnt about the app and next week there will just be a list of instructions for them to follow.
The Grade twos weren’t exactly happy with us when we told them we weren’t reading ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ this week. You should of heard the groans… You see we are at a very exciting stage where Grandma is about to drink the medicine George has made!
George’s Marvellous Medicine continues to inspire us. We created our own medicine bottles full of colourful pills. This is only part one of the activity and our imagination is needed to complete part two.
We do have some inspiration to help them though… ssh its a secret 😉
Just like George from ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ we wanted to have some science fun too. Our first experiment and fun trick involved a bar of ivory soap and a microwave.
So what happens when you put a bar of soap in the microwave? Something strange that’s for sure. The soap expands into a foam that is more than six times the size of the original soap bar.
The soap heats up, softening, and heating the water and air inside it. The air expands inside the soap, pushing it out and making it foamy. The soap is now brittle and flaky but it is still soap, putting it in the microwave causes a physical change but there is no chemical reaction.
To watch what happens you can go to: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/videos/experiments/soapinamicrowave.html
It can be a bad idea to put things other than food and drink in a microwave, but this is a fun trick that won’t hurt either your microwave or the soap. The only thing is you need to make sure you get the right soap, it needs to be Ivory soap. We got ours from Costco.
This photos shows you how engaged all the grade twos were with activity. Something so simple caused all sorts of excitement and smiles…
For the iPad activity this week, the grade twos had to take photos through the soap experiment to show the four different stages. These photos were then used in a strip designer to produce a poster of today’s activity. Here’s just two samples of their work, hopefully everyone took their work home to show you what we have been up to 🙂
Roald Dahl is one of the greatest storytellers of all time. He started writing after nearly dying in a plane crash in World War II. His first children’s novel was James and the Giant Peach and was followed by many other successful best-selling titles…
Ms McLeod’s favourite Roald Dahl book is ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘GEORGE’S Marvellous Medicine’ is Mrs Brough’s favourite.
So guess which book we are reading… yep Mrs Brough’s favourite!
Here’s a quick overview of George’s Marvellous Medicine…
George is alone in the house with his Grandma. She is grouchy and grumpy. Luckily,
George knows how to cure her. He decides to brew up an extra-special remedy – a Grandma Medicine. He mixes together all sorts of things and creates the most marvellous medicine. The problem is, George doesn’t know exactly what his medicine will do. From growing into a gigantic ball of air, to growing so tall that she bursts through the ceiling, George’s medicine has a number of amazing and very funny results…