Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Too Much Glue: Review and Giveaway

Love is like glue.  Having the right glue will supply the necessary bond to make that which was once broken, even a heart, just like new.  Cute quote right?  To tell you the truth, I truly have a love, hate relationship with glue.  It's a crucial component to our instruction with interactive the name of the game.  But seriously, glue can be found anywhere and everywhere.  Control is so challenging for a six year old.  In their mind, a dot of glue will NEVER do!  It's my goal to establish strong routines so that I keep myself from making a regular appearance in the school supply section but allow balance so that my kids soar with creativity!


A mind blowing tip from Dinah Zike, the originator of foldables,  has become the way I manage glue in my classroom.   Don't take my word for it, watch and see!!!


One of the first lessons I did with my then Kindergarten class was teaching my kids specific gluing techniques.  I used Krissy Minor's Top Secret Gluing Techniques, a fantabulous freebie on TpT. It's amazing how a five year old will absorb and hang onto your every word. What I find, students need constant reinforcement!! The above freebie gave my kiddos practice in dotting, creating lines, and a cute little poem that we so proudly chant before pulling out the wet glue!

This leads me to why I'm here writing you today!  I was over the moon with excitement when given the opportunity to review Elmer’s World of Glue: A Cross Curricular Investigation of Adhesives, for grades K through 5th from the Elmer’s Teachers Club.   The kit includes the book, Too Much Glue by Jason Lefebvre, The World of Glue Activity Booklet (22 pages), 3 Glues (Classic, Naturals, and Glitter), and a Teacher's Pamphlet!



As well as the kit, Elmer's has created a Teacher's Club which is free to join.  The site is packed full of lessons and project ideas!

The World of Glue Activity Booklet is filled with content aligning to common core standard!  Wowzers, they were really thinking out ever step of their prep.  Included...

Academic Objectives
Recommended Reading Lists
Lesson Introduction
Adhesive Investigation
Polymers Activity
Compare and Contrast
Letter to Author
Glue Suit Activity
Reading Comprehension
Elmer's Timeline
Additional Extension Lessons
Parent Involvement
and Student Reproducibles!

There was so much content available in the toolkit that I had to figure out the most appropriate steps for my now first graders!  After being together for more than a year, I wanted my approach for these lessons to be new and exciting.  Nothing could be more exciting than the story Too Much Glue. What a hoot!  The kids were engaged and highly intrigued with the illustrations.  Zac Retz did a magnificent job creating such vivid images that truly showed the spirit of young Matty, the main character!



This book is filled with different ways to approach curriculum standards.  The first lesson that comes to mind is Onomatopoeia!  The pages are filled with vivid verbs and descriptive writing.  Oh the predictions that can be made.  A teacher's dream!

Following the story, the kids created their own glue suit.  To ensure I allowed some creativity, I pulled a small group of gifted students to complete an interactive book which turned my focus from the mess that was to ensue.  My small group discussion content was well above the average first grader's head but tailored made for my young fellas with a deeply scientific mind!



The kids were eager to know more about the three bottles of glue from the kit.  The following day, we read through the comprehension story on the evolution of Elmer's Glue and recorded the dates and events.  A major focus for our class this past month has been timelines.  We worked on timelines for Martin Luther King Jr. and Jackie Robinson!  This fit right in with the core standards for first grade!  Following our interactive journal, we tested the three glue samples.



The final piece for kiddos was to observe the change as the glue dried.  This change was recorded by comparing and contrasting each sample. 


Each of the above lessons were completed whole group, prior to students working independently.  The lessons used strong vocabulary that needed to be broken down for a first grade class to understand.  The examples above are samples from the teacher journal.

And for those of you that are interested in what educational standards the above activities have met then see below...

Common Core:
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.4
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.6
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.9
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.10
National Science Education Standards:
  • Science and Technology Content Standard E
  • Physical Science Content Standard B
  • The Nature of Technology: 3C

If you are interested in the activities shown above, link here. The fun doesn't stop here.  If you are interested in a toolkit and copy of Too Much Glue by Jason Lefebvre then enter with the rafflecopter below!  Due to the my on again, off again absence from the classroom this past month, this giveaway is long overdue. Good Luck!!!





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53 comments:

Vickie Miller said...

Cute ideas! I need this for my firsties! Boy do they like to use a lot of glue!!

Vickie Miller said...

Forgot to add-drying the glue to show the differences. They love experiments and hands-on!

Amanda Reynolds said...

Super cute! I would love to win :)

Ordinary Everyday said...

That book looks great! It all looks wonderful....we need this in my first grade classroom...can you say intervention! LOL! :)

Danielle said...

I love this book and so do my Kinders. It was great reading with my students. Especially when, them and I both thought something different was going to happen when he got home, like he would be in trouble is what they thought for sure. They would love to do these activities.

Emelie said...

I have used that free TPT glue lesson and my kiddos STILL make puddles and they are in second grade. What a fantabulous lesson from elmers!

Chad Daun said...

What a fun book! I love the phrase a dab will do you! I also lik the glue suit. Thanks for the chance to win!

Julie Davis said...

This looks like an amazing lesson! I browsed the other lessons on the site too and the disappearing purple glue stick looks fun too. Great giveaway! Thanks!

kborden said...

Love the glue suit and the timeline!

Leslie the Librarian said...

I teach in Texas and there has been increasing emphasis on teaching the elementary children about timelines. Love that you include a simple timeline in this lesson package.

Amber Patout said...

I love the Glue Suit... I would have my little ones write and describe how they made it.

Cathy Roberge said...

This book looks hilarious! I love the premise of a child using "too much glue". I have numerous offenders in first grade every year! What a great way to send a message to kids about what could happen if they use too much glue! After the story you have the perfect moment to model with your class on the proper way to use glue!

1stgradefireworks said...

I am so getting small glue bottles & Vaseline! wendy 1stgradefireworks

Kena Matthews said...

Great ideas! I would love to win.

Mrs. Garcia said...

The book looks like quite a hoot. The kiddos would love it!

Marianne L said...

I love the glue suits!

Mrs. Berard said...

This activity looks like so much fun! :)

Mrs. Berard said...

This activity looks like so much fun! :)

Julie said...

This is just what I need. I especially love the Adhesive Investigations.
Julie

doterralove said...

I soooooo need this book! I was just bemoaning how much glue my kids were using to glue white yarn onto their hundred year old portraits today. I need to find some of those baby size glue bottles!

susan said...

I think the glue suit would be a great lesson!

Amber Fouard said...

Would be so much fun to win!

Jackie Painting said...

I like the lesson on observing the glue as it dries! Great ideas!

Lori Raines said...

This book looks great! We always say "just a dot, not a lot!"

Jeanne Bergeron said...

Love the observation and Venn diagram activity

mommy2gray said...

I love the comparison of the glues as they dry! I would love to have this book and kit!

cdeforge said...

Absolutely love the entire idea.
I hate glue myself and tend to use glue sticks which are not much better with little hands.

3rdgradethings.blogspot.com said...

Love the venn diagrams AND the timeline -- Soo many uses-- I'm thinking upper grades with those observations!

Jenni Taylor said...

this would work wonderful in my classroom of first graders - great ideas - thanks for sharing

Meryl said...

The glue suit and the compare and contrast activity sound good for my kids. The book looks cute!

Meryl said...

The glue suit and the compare and contrast activity sound good for my kids. The book looks cute!

Conchy said...

I love this!!!! This is soooooo much fun!

I love the venn diagram activity!

Conchy

Conchy.Marcano@gmail.com

Laura Scheunemann said...

I think the glue-suit would be a really fun way for my first graders during the back-to-school season!

sarah said...

I like drying the glue to show the differences! mcreynolds.sarah@gmail.com

Steph B said...

I love the lesson with the Venn diagram and comparing and contrasting the kinds of glue.

Megan Horman said...

I like the lesson where they are comparing the different types of glue. Looks like fun!
Megan
mhorman@north-cedarstu.org

Caitlin said...

I like this idea for my third graders...they are like sponges and would just soak this stuff up.

Kim Jemmings said...

What a fun book...Glue!!! Such a hard concept to teach kids that just a dap will do you....LOL ..I would love to win the glue kit...

Kristi Smith said...

OMGosh, this book looks hilarious...I need to get me a copy!!! Lol. My Grade 2 kidlettes also have a MASSIVE issue with using WAY TOO MUCH glue, leaving popsicle sticks in the bottle, and losing the caps!! Grrr!! Since we are studying "Liquids and Solids" right now, I am most intrigued by the science experiment. I would love to be the lucky recipient of this give-a-way <3. Thank you for considering me =). leafsgirl@rogers.com.

millerfamilylife said...

Love the glue suit!

Karyn said...

This book looks like so much fun! I can't stop laughing about the glue suits! Love it!

Powerpoint Gaming Chandra M. said...

I need to read this book to my students. Definitely adding it to my First Week of School reading list!

Linda said...

Love the glue book!

Jen said...

Onomotopeia lesson with the book.

Ellen said...

The glue activities look like lots of fun!

Susan said...

I've seen the book before and thought about ordering it. I was glad to read your endorsement of it. My kids would get into making the suit.

Susan F.
Lizf38@aol.com

SweetAndSassyXtreme said...

This would be perfect for my K's! We use a lot of glue, but it's usually in stick form. Using this kit, we could do so many other things!

Brianne said...

I love the lesson on how glue dries!!

Lynn Montgomery said...

This book looks so cute! I would love to do the predictions with it and the glue suit!
Lynn

Betsy Brown said...

I have tons of books in my classroom, but Too Much Glue has been on my Amazon wishlist for two years. We have been using glue sticks, but I cringe at what we are doing to the environment for the amount of glue sticks we go through in kindergarten. I do belong to the Glue Crew, but after reading this post, I think I'm going to switch to bottles very soon. Therefore, my favorite lesson will be the glue poem and mini-lessons, followed by the book.

Amber Michelle said...

I am loving your blog! I especially love all of the cross-curicular activities for "Too Much Glue!" My kids would love this!

Melanie Arizmendi said...

I too love the glue suit!!

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It Happened One Day in 2nd Grade said...

Glue suit for sure. :)

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