Saturday, March 4, 2017

#sol17 Day 4 Slime

The Oxford Dictionary says slime is a moist, soft, and slippery substance, typically regarded as repulsive.  It claims synonyms should be ooze and muck.  I must respectfully disagree with this definition!
Science teachers might describe slime as a polymer, composed of very large chains of molecules that are composed of repeating units known as monomers. A single polymer molecule may comprise hundreds of thousands of monomers. The monomers may be identical, or they may vary. 
The In the past few months, since SLIME became the rage among the upper elementary set, I've used slime to teach reading and writing the "How To" genre to students who  were excited enough to show up two periods early for "reading club."  
I've used slime to encourage focus, persistence, and dedication as it really takes a long, long time to make some really great slime.  I've had students who avoid writing as if it were the plague, excitedly copy recipes and bring in suggestions for making it again!.  In fact, I thought, foolishly, that I as a bit of an expert of SLIME, formerly known to me as made-at-home-play-dough.
But, thanks to You-Tube video clips, I now know that you can make edible/inedible slime, slime with/without Borax, slime with/without cornstarch, slime with/without shaving cream, slime with/without shampoo.......  I now know that the possibilities for slime are endless.  I now know that slime has taken over the internet and may just be the most wonderful Friday night date imaginable!
My definition for slime would be: a magical substance that is messy and takes a lot longer than those You Tube videos suggest to make.  Slime makes kids of all ages happy and it's magical polymers are engaging and powerful.  Synonyms: fun, happy, magical.  Antonyms: repulsive.  Sorry Oxford dictionary; however, I must disagree with you on this one. 
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elsie said...

Slime does have its own magical appeal. I have not explored the crazed world of slime, yet. Perhaps this summer when I babysit my 2 year old granddaughter, we will venture into the land of slime. Fun post today Anita!

Tara said...

Slime has become the bane of my existence - the sixth graders in my school have gone slime crazy and it is literally showing up all over the place, with many colors and slime-y features. I am trying to have a sense of humor about it all but am failing :(

Unknown said...

I lovely this post - fun, science, learning, literacy! Great way to instill a love of learning to last a lifetime.