I just love Dr. Suess week at school! So much fun and silliness in one week!
For several years, I spent the weekend before this week making book themed treats. The kids loved them and they were the perfect addition to our unit.
Then I realized something: why didn’t I have the kids help me make these silly treats? It was the perfect science connection to our unit and for many students, the first time they had the chance to prepare their own snacks.
First up, I have some yummy One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Jell-o! This activity ties in perfectly with states of matter, because not only are you changing the state of the power mix by dissolving it, but you are then changing a liquid to a solid to make the Jell-o.
For this activity you need blue gelatin mix (one box per 4 students), red fish candies, measuring cups, mixing spoons, small plastic cups and plastic spoons.
I like to have my students work in groups of four to make the Jell-o. I facilitate this by giving each student a number 1, 2, 3, & 4, then asking each number to complete a different step of the process.
Just follow the directions on your Jell-o mix:
- Open the mix and pour it into the bowl.
- Pour in one cup of hot water (I typically just use hot tap water).
- Mix to dissolve the Jell-o – then pass the bowl so that everyone on the team can mix, too!
- Pour in one cup of cold water.
- Start mixing and pass the bowl so that everyone on the team can mix.
- Use the measuring cup to scoop out about a half cup of mix and pour in into a plastic cup. (This just makes for easier pouring than firsties trying to pour from a bowl into a cup!) It’s best if you pre-label the cups with student names so that they can be easily passed out after they chill.
- Put the cups in the refridgerator for 2 hours.
- Put 2-3 fish gummies in the cup.
I use a simple science lab booklet with this activity so students can make a hypothesis and document their results.
Quick and easy! If you haven’t done any “cooking” with your class, this is the perfect activity to start with!
Do you cook with your class? What’s your favorite thing to make?