Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bubble Gum....Bubble Gum

We all have stretched out words in our classroom using a yo-yo, rubber band, slinky, or a fun stretchy toy.  During RtI this week, we are working on S-T-R-E-T-C-H-I-N-G OUT WORDS with REAL bubblegum!  From the Pond Blog has a great unit called, "Stretch it OUT like Bubblegum".    
Click {RIGHT HERE}  to go to her blog post about S-T-R-E-T-C-H-I-N-G OUT WORDS and where to purchase her unit.    

During my RtI group time, I have 3 students come up to the front of the room and chew their bubblegum until it is soft and stretchy.   When we stretch out the words, the 3 students slowly stretch their bubblegum so it does not break; the rest of the class makes the sounds out loud for each sound in the word, as I write the sounds on the board.  Our lesson could have lasted an hour and I would have not lost their attention.

My RtI group thought this was just the greatest thing ever!  The excitement on their faces during the lesson was priceless, and they cannot wait until it is their turn to stretch out the word with bubble gum.  I also have heard of using silly putty, instead of icky sticky bubble gum!   

Great Resource from Heidi Butkus...
Click {here} to go to Heidi Songs post on How to Teach Children to Write Words Like They Sound, and a Great Gift for Kids to Make! 

Thank you for reading, 

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