Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Elmer's Giveaway

Ever since I was a little girl buying my own school supplies, I always picked Elmer's glue.  It just worked the best.  And even back then, I wondered how does glue work in the first place? It was only much later in life (in a college class no less) that I learned that glue was a polymer.  Well, I didn't want my own kiddos to wait until college to find out, because they were just as curious as I was and there are so many ways to learn about polymers that are super fun!  So, I was super excited when I was asked to review Elmer's The World of Glue - a cross-curricular investigation of adhesives for grades K-5.   The kit includes the book Too Much Glue along with lesson plans, ideas, and glue (and not just the plain old regular glue, but the fun glitter glue as well)!

Along with the kit, Elmer's has developed the Elmer's Teachers Club which is free to join for both teachers and homeschoolers alike.  The site is filled with lesson plan and project ideas for all ages!

Included in the kit are all the items above

The book Too Much Glue by Jason Lefebvre
The World of Glue Activity Booklet (22 pages of educational bliss)
3 bottles of Elmer's glue (I received the original, the natural, and the glitter versions)

One of the first things we noticed when we opened the book was that it was signed by the author!  My boys were beyond THRILLED!
The book itself was amazing!

I loved the illustrations and I have had this experience with at least one of my boys!  We later learned the "Dot, dot, not a lot" poem really quickly!
In addition to the beautiful illustrations, the text is very engaging and suitable for all sorts of teaching topics.

Just a few that came to my mind:
                                                     *  Onomatopeia
                                                     *   Similes
                                                     *   Adverbs
                                                     *   Descriptive writing
                                                     *   Vivid Verbs
                                                     *   Rhyming
                                                     *  Making Predictions

After reading the book, the guide recommends that you ask your child if they have ever wondered how glue was made.  Then the scientific exploration begins! The guide gives several activities including making your own glue, reading a non-fiction passage about Elmer's Glue, comparing and contrasting the different types of glues, writing to the author, making a timeline, interactive notebook pages, and more!

You can download the activity guide for FREE here.

And... if you are super lucky, you can win the whole kit just like the one I received by entering the Rafflecopter below!  Good luck!

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