If you have been to a Target lately the end caps are stacked full with colorful Marshmallow Peeps. It is hard not to be inspired by those beautiful colors. I personally LOVE incorporating food into lessons whenever possible. Here are some Peep-a-licious activities you can use in your classroom over the next few weeks.
Science is a subject that is one of my favorites to teach because I don’t need to get the kids to buy into it. They are already engaged, almost 100% of the time. Each year I love doing food experiments for the scientific method.
With the Great Peep Experiment, students try to dissolve these marshmallow critters in various household solvents including soda, vinegar, detergent and a few others. This year I am going to have the class vote on one or two more solvents to mix it up.
For three days the students observe the peeps visually drawing what they see and recording it in words too. They make their observations and see if their predictions are correct. It is a quick, fun but powerful activity that is great before or after Spring Break.
Peeps and writing! This fun activity is part of my Persuasive Writing Bundle.
This writing task asks the students write from the perspective of a Peep, and their job is to persuade a hungry kid to NOT eat them. The kids always come up with several clever reasons and because the prompt is so fun, it makes the writing task less daunting for the more hesitant writers. I have a lot of ELLs in my class, so I have included a lot of Thinking Maps and sentence stems to help them as they compose this fun essay. It is a great center activity for the spring. I like to have some of the kids share their stories in an author’s chair read around, concluding with a Peep Feast at the end. Grab Persuasive Peeps here!
We are finishing up Fractions right now and before we move on I am going to use this as a quick assessment to see their mastery of improper fractions and their mixed number equivalents. This is a concept we have gone over so much this module that I have high hopes for high scores or I will PEEP out!