How To Make Oobleck!


I read this book to my students and was supposed to make the Oobleck, but ran out of time. I will make this one of my first science experiments when I return to work. I love to connect literature with everything. My students loved this book.

What is Oobleck? Oobleck was the name given to a type of slime in a Dr. Seuss book that was capable of gumming up a whole kingdom. The oobleck that you can make for a science project isn’t gummy, but it does have interesting properties of both solids and liquids. It normally behaves like a liquid or jelly, but if you squeeze it in your hand, it will seem like a solid.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 10-15 minutes

Here’s How:

Mix 1 part water with 1.5 to 2 parts cornstarch. You may wish to start with one cup of water and one and a half cups of cornstarch, then work in more cornstarch if you want a more ‘solid’ oobleck. It will take about 10 minutes of mixing to get nice homogeneous oobleck.

Mix in a few drops of food coloring if you want colored oobleck.

Tips:

Oobleck is a type of non-Newtonian fluid called a dilatant.

If you slowly lower your hand into oobleck, it will sink, but it is difficult to quickly remove your hand (without taking all the oobleck and its container with you).

If you squeeze or punch the oobleck, the starch particles will not move out of the way quickly, so the oobleck will feel solid.

Oobleck can be molded in a container, but when the mold is removed, the oobleck will lose its shape.

What You Need:

water

corn starch

food coloring (optional)

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Purposeless Me!


I don’t know how I never really made the connection of deep depression in the summer. I have always valued my summers because I had the chance to do absolutely nothing. I could also sleep and read as much as I wanted to. However, I’ve run into a snag this summer. I didn’t have anything planned or for that matter, any money to do anything with. So, therein lies my problem. I have nothing to do. I get up in the morning and have no destination. There is only so many times I can go to the library; so many times I can go to the mall; so many times I can read, etc… What everything boils down to is that I have no purpose to my day. I am actually looking forward to returning to work. I don’t remember too many times that I wanted to return to work rather than do nothing. However, now is one of those times. The one bright spot I have to look forward to is the Los Angeles Black Book Expo. That’s 1 1/2 weeks away though. I guess I’ll have to find something to do until then. What?…. I don’t know.

In The Money Me!


That’s right people, I am in the money. Joe Ryan, from the Career Ladder called me and informed me that the Career Ladder owed me a scholarship payment of (drum roll!!!) $1,500. You could not tell how excited I was from how calm I remained on the phone. Inside I was screaming… Yes, yes, OMG, yes! Finally, something’s going right. I mailed the required paperwork yesterday. I should be receiving that scholarship check @ the end of the month. Hallelujah and Thank you Jesus!

The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau


quiltmaker's giftThe Quiltmaker’s Gift (2000), written by Jeff Brumbeau and illustrated by Gail de Marcken, was a wonderful book. I plan on purchasing this and reading it to my class. As I sat in the bookstore, in the middle of the aisle, so engrossed was I in the story, I didn’t realize that I was blocking the way for other patrons.

I saw the front cover and just had to know what the inside held. This book is good for ages 3 yrs. -jr. high school. This book would be good for parents who have children who are having problems sharing or who like to hoard things, and it would also be good as a read-aloud for a classroom teacher. It would have to be over a couple of days ’cause it’s a little long.

Now, on to the review. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The illustrations are wonderful. They are very colorful and full of life. The illustrations alone will capture your attention and make you want to purchase the book before even reading it. The text will let you know for sure you need to purchase this book. The message is priceless.

Here’s how the story begins. A quiltmaker, who happens to live in the clouds, makes beautiful quilts that she does not sell. She only gives them away to the poor & needy. This should not present a problem. However, it does because the king is a greedy man who expects everyone to give him gifts. The problem is he hoards the gifts he receives. He does not want to share. He has so many gifts, they are everywhere.

The king asks the quiltmaker for one of her beautiful quilts. She denies him, telling him that she only gives them to the poor & needy. Do you think that stops him? Of course it doesn’t. He’s the king. Furthermore, the quiltmaker tells the king that she’ll give him one of her quilts if he gives away the gifts he’s been hoarding.

“NO WAY,” says the king.

“Well, no way,” says the quiltmaker.

Through a series of situations in which the king tries to force the quiltmaker to give him a quilt, the king learns one of life’s most valuable lessons. What is it??? Well, I guess you’re just going to have to buy it at your local bookstore or borrow it @ your local library. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!