And now confession time! I am a New Yorker at heart and know Manhattan like my backyard. I have grown up with the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes and the Macy’s Day Parade. Since I was never tall enough to be a Rockette, I have always wanted to help hold onto a giant balloon in the parade.
Read Balloons over Broadyway by Melissa Sweet. This book will go great with invention books mentioned this week. It was awarded the 2012 Cook Prize for best STEM picture book.
For your literacy centers, allow students to create puppets with popsicle sticks and felt to summarize the book, or even better, step up with Blooms taxonomy and have yours students create an additional chapter to the book. You can add or substitute the ipad app Sock Puppets for free at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sock-puppets/id394504903?mt=8. Movies will can be saved to your ipads or uploaded onto YouTube.
Add tons of science along with this book. Focus how scientist problems solve by creating diagrams and notes like shown in the book. Log onto Discovery Education and check out “Dr. Dad’s PH3 Gas Laws.” Either use segments of the 14:42 minute video or upload the videos to your iPods for another center. If you want, use your science time to investigate Charlie’s Law.