Saturday, March 10, 2012

Ice Cream in a Bag

I tricked my third graders Friday.  Thursday was our last day of ISTEP testing...for now, but I decided to trick them into thinking that we had forgotten a section and had to make it up.  So, when they arrived back to the classroom after lunch, I had ISTEP written on the board.  They dutifully sat in their seat ready for more testing.  Then I began writing:
Ice Cream
Everyone wants to

We made plastic bag ice cream.  If you have never done this with a class, it is a must.  We used it as an opportunity to brush up on following written directions, measuring, and science skills.  They loved it!  The first time I did this lesson was in college with a group of second grade students.  It didn't go so well.  As a matter of fact, my professor said something to the tune of, "Well, I bet you'll never do that again!"  But, you can't keep me down, I persevered and perfected this lesson.  Everyone had yummy ice cream to eat, and it was so relieving to see pure joy and fun in their eyes, after a week of hard work. 


  1. You are too clever! What a tasty treat to end a distasteful task.

  2. What a wonderful surprise for your students. They must love getting to work with such a kind teacher who gets just what they need. But you have to tell: what is plastic bag ice cream and how do I make some?

    I think my favorite bit of your slice was your assertion that you can't be kept down, that your professor's comment didn't deter you from trying this again. I'm so glad, and I'm sure your students are, too!

  3. Making memories...making memories. It's one of the things you do best. Cool acrostic poem. (I never thought I'd say that about an "ISTEP" poem.)