Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Marshmallow Day

One of my very creative and fun co-workers came up with the idea to do a marshmallow day! We had SO much fun! So much fun in fact, that I didn't take a whole lot of pictures....oops! :)

We first learned some interesting facts about marshmallows (the students wrote the facts in their marshmallow books). Here are a couple of neat things we learned about the history of marshmallows
  • Were made by the Egyptians using sap from the root of a mallow plant and mixed with nuts and honey.
  • They were used as medicine for sore throats by the Romans and Greeks.
  • The French later developed a recipe for marshmallows that didn't use the mallow plant so it became a candy instead of medicine. 
  • They were made by hand and the process was long and slow. Eventually they found faster ways of making the marshmallow and they are now made in factories.
We also did a science experiment with marshmallows. We wanted to see what would happen when we microwaved a marshmallow. They had to first write their hypothesis in their marshmallow book and recorded their results and conclusion after we did the experiment.

Next came their marshmallow challenge: They had to design Mrs. Abeyta's dream house using marshmallows and toothpicks. But...it had to be 3-D (because Mrs. Abeyta can't live in a 2-D house, of course!)

There were lots of GREAT designs...

This one has a fire pit in the backyard! 

This kid built a house AND a garage!

They LOVED this activity! They probably could have been entertained for HOURS doing this if I had let them! :)

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