I love “How To,” Writing and “How to Blow a Bubble,” is a favorite every year. In class, I take a survey of who can blow a bubble. Usually I will have about 5 kids who can. I split them up into groups, with the bubble blower as the teacher. Their job is to try to teach the other members in the group how to blow a bubble, going step by step, and show them the process along the way. Many times, the others do learn! And even if they don’t end of successfully blowing a bubble, they learn the process that they should take. Then we separate, I do one demonstration myself and talk about the sequence steps as I am doing it, and then kids fill in the graphic organizer using sequencing and transitional words to explain the steps in blowing a bubble. Once that is checked, they write their final copy. I’ve included three templates for the final copy. A primary handwriting lines one, and two upper elementary lined paper – one that has more lines for writers who like to write a lot… and, and one has a few less.
I've also included a poster to hang on the bulletin board.
To make the craft:
Have kids take a face template, and hair pieces. The boys get only the hair piece, and the girls get a hair piece and either one or two ponytails. They put it together, and then cut a hole in the mouth area. The teacher can blow up the balloon, tie it, and then stick it through the hole and put tape on the back. Staple the head to the writing and you will have a wonderful bulletin board display. Blow the bubble less than half way.