Understand the process of glass making
What natural resources are needed to make common household items?
Prepare for a field trip to a glass blowing studio by reviewing:
Have students compile a list of words that describe the properties of glass. Is it a liquid, solid or gas?
What materials are used to make glass? Are the materials living or non-living?
Attach a balloon to a straw and ask kids to blow up the balloon. A balloon is made of latex - a milky fluid found in many plants that exudes when the plant is cut and coagulates on exposure to the air. The latex of the rubber tree is the chief source of natural rubber.
Balloon Trees by by Danna Smith
Rubber versus Glass by Lawrence Lowery
Exploring Materials Glass by Abby Colich
Zoom In On Materials Glass by Andrea Rivera
With chaperones, some kids can attend the Westside Market, some can visit Mitchell's Ice Cream and some can make their own glass hearts at the Glass Bubble Project-and then, rotate.