Make a Donation - For the privilege of chewing gum,
ask the students to make a donation on that day, from a penny to any loose
change they want to donate. Allow students to help chose the charity
they will donate the money to.
Cars vs. Couches Activity - Ask your students where they think they
might find more loose change, in their couches at home or on the floor of
their parents car(s). Have them predict where they think they will find more
loose change. Have them keep track how much money they find in each location.
When they return to school , each class could graph the results. Have
students ask their parents if the money could be donated to a worthy cause.
Think how happy parents will be just to see their children cleaning?
Read the following picture books -
The Bubble Gum Kid by Stu Smith.
Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum by Lisa Wheeler. Click here for link to Amazon to learn more about
Follow up activities could include writing letters to the author(s), drawing
a picture of their favorite part of he story, writing a different ending, or
creating their own bubble gum poetry.
Learning about Nouns Writing Activity - After a quick lesson on nouns
the teacher will distribute two sets of cards (which the teacher creates
ahead of time);
1) 25 "place" cards (one for each student) - The places could
include - in a bathtub, on top of the Empire State Building, in the
jungle, in a helicopter...
2) 25 "person" cards - For example famous people, actors,
actresses, musicians, athletes, kids in the class.
3) For "thing" everyone must use, “bubble gum”.
Give each student a place card, a person card and a bubblegum card. Have them
write a story using all three cards. This is a great way to get students
writing (and to use their creativity.) For eample, they may have to write a
story about Abraham Lincoln, in a bathtub, with bubble gum.
Estimation - Place a container filled with
gumballs in a central location and have students estimate how many there are.
Prizes could be awarded for the top three estimates. Prizes could include a
Have a Bubble Blowing Contest - Measure the diameter of each bubble
either using customary measurement or metric units. For older children
you could introduce circumference. You could run this like a spelling
bee. Have an assembly for the top bubble blowers at each grade level.
Even have a category for teachers (with the principal too of course!)
Math Fast Facts - Students are given a sheet of basic math
facts. As students finish they must come up to the front of the room, grab
and piece of gum, and successfully blow a bubble (The bubble must stay
inflated for a minimum five seconds). Awards prizes for top five
Weighing Activity - Have students bring in a variety of
gums, including some sugarless varieties. Ask your students if they think gum
weighs more of less after you chew it. Discuss. Have the students
weigh the gum (with the wrapper on) using a balance. Use grams as
the unit of measure. After chewing the gum, weigh the gum again on the
wrapper. Does it weigh more, or less? Record the results in a table or
make a graph. What's the answer to the question? You'll have to
find out for yourself!