Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Elephant in the Bathtub

Elephant in the Bathtub
written and illustrated by Kristina Andres
(NorthSouth Books) 2010
Source: Orange County Public Library

Elephant fills the bathtub with water and brings a rubber duck. Seeing that there is plenty of room to spare, Cat climbs in with his box of tub toys. What follows is a parade of Elephant's animal friends joining in the bathtub fun and using their imaginations to take a trip on the high seas. In the end, Elephant and friends learn a valuable lesson about volume and the displacement of water.

Elephant in the Bathtub could inspire young readers and writers to make connections with how they use their imaginations when playing in a bathtub, a pool, or the ocean. There is also a prediction lesson that can be taught as you could ask students how they think this story is going to end with more and more animals joining the bathtub crew. A science lesson is possible as well as students could work with water and predict what would happen as you added items to a container of water. The big lesson would be that objects take up space and have volume.

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