Various teachers came to share with the students their field of expertise. Mrs. Barber fascinated the students by having them create a Kansas tornado. The students were awed by watching miniature houses swirl in water-filled bottles churning their way down the tornado’s vortex. In teams, they raced to label model of a skeleton to prove the importance of the skeletal system, and they experimented with water solubles by melting various sugar witch parts discovering different solids dissolve in water.
Since Dorothy lived in Kansas where there are an abundance of sunflowers, Mrs. Basaldua showed how to multiply numbers by having students count sunflower seeds on a yellow brick road that was laid out throughout the hallways of Refugio Elementary. The students were shown how volume is a measurement in space, and measuring the inside of the cup is an example of volume. They extended the lesson by filling the cup with potting soil, planting a sunflower seed, and taking it home to watch and measure the plant’s growth.
On the yellow brick road, Mrs. Garcia taught an ELA lesson by having the students draw a Venn diagram comparing one of the characters in the book to themselves. The student’s illustrations included the cowardly lion, the brainless scarecrow, the heartless tin man and Dorothy’s sincerity while using adjectives to accomplish this activity.
Hot dogs and all the fixings were donated and cooked by Rene Garcia, and the evening ended by watching The Wizard of Oz under the stars behind the library.
All students can still read the book by logging on to http://www2.sintonisd.net/techcamp. Click under The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and read the book in its entirety.