Wednesday, April 2, 2014

On the Road Again

A short trip tomorrow to present at a library conference in central West Virginia. Much as I like having my roadie with me, he's elected to stay home this time because he has so many projects going on.

This is a presentation for the summer reading program for state libraries, on the national theme of Fizz! Boom! Read! I've had so much fun today playing with experiments! I have been messing about with various ideas here and there for the past few weeks, but today I focused on choosing what to use in my presentations. It wasn't an easy choice--there are so many cool, easy experiments using just the things we typically have in our homes.

You might wonder what a storyteller could be doing with a science program, but folktales contain all sorts of topics perfect for extension activities involving science. One of my favorite Appalachian tales, Sody Sallyratus, for example, is about baking soda, and who hasn't made a baking soda and vinegar volcano? Kipling's story about how the elephant got his long trunk goes well with a discussion of optical illusions, and so on. So many tales to choose from, so many ideas of what to do with them!

So the van is loaded and I am ready to head out with cabbage juice, vinegar, baking soda, dish detergent, puppets and all kinds of fun things. It should be a fine time, and quite messy.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the suggestions of pairing stories with experiments. Hadn't thought of Sody Saleratus & explosions. YS librarian loves it for elementary school promotions. Other combinations you're thinking of doing? Batsy in Idaho

Sue said...

What fun! Those kids are so lucky to have you visit.


Granny Sue said...

Batsy, I will email you the handouts I had for today, and I'll see if I can get Jo Ann's as well. Pairings: Elephant's Trunk with optical illusions, testing red cabbage water with The Giant Cabbage (Turnip story), floating eggs in salt water with Why the Sea is Salt, and some others. I have most of them on the handout :)

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