Teachers can turn everyday, ordinary items into the most impressive curricular activities encouraging discovery and investigation. It is NO secret to teachers that the testing and documentation for everything take the time away from teachers to create those FUN activities that students will remember for life (as opposed to the boxed in the book, follow this plan). Ask anyone what one lesson remembered from school days, and I’m willing to bet it will be a unit/lesson the teacher developed that was FUN, making it memorable.
Did you EVER think of a cross curricular investigation for ADHESIVES? Can K-5 graders understand adhesives, polymers, monomers, casein and synthetic vs natural? You bet they can, especially with this well thought out investigation, The World of Glue by Elmer’s. Don’t fret, Elmer’s has covered the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts and Math and for good measure they threw in science, history and art! Both teacher and students will enjoy this fun investigation–and students will retain their knowledge of adhesive into their adult life to take someone out in a random trivia contest some day!
Begin the unit by reading Too Much Glue. Students will infer a mess of glue, and completely enjoy listening to the story. We have read the book numerous times. Our firsties just had to take turns reading the book to each other.
Elmer’s provided the set pictured for us to review and test out PLUS Elmer’s would like to award the same set to a Penniless Teacher fan.