Read more about day one here and day two and three here. Below I will detail the activities planned for days four and five of our Wonderopolis inspired Camp What-A-Wonder. Camp What-A-Wonder was a great way to keep my second graders engaged in learning the last full week of school.
Day 4 - Superific Science
After reading and learning about the different states of matter we made oobleck in order to experiment with both a liquid and a solid at the same time. We made it in the classroom and then carefully carried it outside to play with.
We learned what makes ink permanent since we used permanent markers to make our creations. I also thought that these creations reminded me a bit like stained class, so we learned how class is colored. My students especially liked the video that went along with that Wonder. We used small scraps of white fabric, put them over a cup and attached with a rubber band. Then students used permanent markers to draw designs on the fabric. Students used bottles with rubbing alcohol to spray the fabric. Easy and fun experiment.
My students have been looking forward to shooting off our own Coke and Mentos geysers since I came back with my nozzle from the National Center for Family Literacy Conference. Be sure to check out the video below that was shot during the conference with the EepyBird Guys. After learning what a geyser is and why some drinks sweat, we headed outside so all twenty four students could set off their own geyser. This by far was the favorite activity of the entire camp.
Day 5 - Awesome Adventures
This was our last activity. I had other planned, but because we didn't get to everything each day, we finished about all of the other activities on Friday and at the end of the day had our bubble blowing contest. Several kids didn't know how to blow bubbles, so we worked on that first. We learned about what happens to gum when we swallow it and then set out on our awesome adventure. It was lots of fun watching and trying to decide who blew the biggest bubble.
We had planned on making our own bubble solution and spending time blowing real bubbles with pipe cleaners.
I purchased different sets of cards from the dollar bin at Target. Students were going to get in groups and play Old Maid, Go Fish, Crazy 8 and Memory. We are planning on playing these the last day of school.