Ohhh Oobleck!

Super scientists find out whether Oobleck is a solid or a liquid in a lesson all about the head-scratching substance. The whole class completes a T-Chart that describes solids and liquids then listens to the story, Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss. Small groups gather their materials, observe Oobleck, and discuss their findings. Independently, learners reference their T-Chart to discover which characteristics of a solid or a liquid did Oobleck display. A whole-class discussion reflects on the day and questions how the other discoveries can be made. 

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Allows pupils to choose which color they want to make their oobleck
  • Display a collection of solids and liquids, allow learners to examine the examples up close 
  • Send a copy of the recipe home for class members to make a batch of Oobleck with their family 
Classroom Considerations
  • Oobleck can get messy, be prepared for spills and remind learners with long hair to keep it back so not to get into a sticky situation 
  • If time permits, allow participants to make their own Oobleck
  • Instills the responsibility of cleaning up after the lesson is complete 
  • Several assessment options are listed 
  • Includes a variety of extension ideas
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