Imagine Your Story: Tall Tales and Myths! June 12

This week we will explore the genre of myths, fables, folk or tall tales, and fairy tales. Today we will do a fun STEAM activity with eggs, share our myths, draw a constellation, and write a story about the constellation!

STEAM Time!

I want to talk about Jack again. Yesterday, we had Jack escaping on a zipline to the ground. Hopefully this worked out for Jack, but maybe he didn’t have time to set up this zipline before he climbed the beanstalk. He needs to have a backup plan. How can he get to the ground? Now we know he is too high up to safely jump. Or could he?

We need to think like scientists.

Let’s look at Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion:

  • The First Law of Motion: An object at rest will remain at rest or in motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force. (We don’t want Jack to hit the ground.)
  • The Second Law of Motion: An object’s acceleration is proportional to the magnitude of the net force acting upon it and inversely proportional to the object’s mass.
  • The Third Law of Motion: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. (How can we create a safe landing?)

For this activity, you will need a hardboiled egg. (This will be a lot less messy than a raw egg.) The egg is going to be Jack. If we can drop the egg from the height of the counter and it does not crack, we know that Jack will make it safely to the ground.

The other materials you need are up to you. You might want to try cotton balls, bubble wrap, sand, feathers, tape, string, or baggies.

Design a way to help Jack (the egg) land safely on the ground using materials you find around your house. Here are a couple of ideas I thought of:

  • Can you make a parachute for Jack (the egg)?
  • Can you make a bouncy suit for Jack? Place him (the hard boiled egg) into a baggie filled with cotton balls.
  • Can you make the ground softer? More bouncy?

What can you come up with? Try out your design and see if the hardboiled egg lands safely on the ground. Take a picture and tell us how Jack did.

Story Time!

I sure hope that all of you have shared your stories with us. That is one of the things I miss the most about not being in person. I don’t get to see and hear you in action. I am watching for your drawings and your stories!

So here is my story.

Writing Time!

I have one more writing activity for this week. When we went to Hastings Museum and listened to the planetarium show, we learned about the constellations. If you remember, the story that went along with the “star pictures” was part of a myth.

The Northern Crown, or Corona Borealis, is the crown of the princess that helped Theseus to find the minotaur and get out of the labyrinth (remember the story from earlier this week?). She is the one who gave him the sword and the ball of yarn.

You can see the constellation Corona Borealis around midnight this time of year.

So what is our writing project for the day? I want you to get out a piece of paper and make a constellation. It can just be some dots on the paper, or you can draw stars, or use star stickers. Then I want you to think of a story to go along with your new constellation. 

Share your constellation story with us by sending it to Mrs. Montoya or putting it in the comments! And share your photos of your safe landing for Jack the egg in the comments or on social media using the hashtag #HLSSummerReading!

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