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Grade: Elementary
Subject: Literature

#526. It Looked Like Spilt Milk

Literature, level: Elementary
Posted Mon Jul 20 13:12:41 PDT 1998 by Literature Chatboard ().
Materials Required: varied
Activity Time: varied
Concepts Taught: Literature Extensions

IT LOOKED LIKE SPILT MILK
Loved Peachy's idea Here's a new book to work on

Posted by Becky, on 6/06/98

I loved Peachy's idea and plan to print out the ideas for
Caps for Sale. One of my favorites is It Looked Like Spilt
Milk. It has a good pattern and is fairly easy for
beginning readers (level 7 reading recovery).

Read several times and familiarize students with the
pattern.
Make shapes out of white felt and let students use the book
to sequence the shapes in the story.(There is a book with
patterns and ideas: Literature Activities for favorite
stories by Teacher Created Materials)
Talk about clouds. Go outside and observe some. Make a
cloud in the classroom using steam.
Put a blob of white paint in the middle of a piece of blue
paper. Let students fold the paper and unfold when it is
dry they write: Sometimes it looked like ________ but it
wasn't ________. These are great for the bulletin board. I
used craft ribbon with suns and clouds for border. Put up
the words Sometimes It Looked Like... but It Was Just a
Cloud. It attracted a lot of attention.
Becky

Re: Loved Peachy's idea Here's a new book to work on
Posted by Djinn on 6/07/98
Have students create clouds using "torn" paper instead of precutting the image - then they
must look at their cloud and decide what it looks like.
Read "Little Cloud" by Eric Carle
Go outside and lie down on the grass - watch the clouds go by and discuss what they look
like.
Take cotton balls apart and glue onto blue paper . Write It looked like_______.
Make a cloud in the classroom - science experiment.
Write a class poem - using C*L*O*U*D as the beginning of each line- have students
brainstorm descriptive words that start with c etc. Transfer your poem to a large sheet of
butcher paper - cut out two pieces of paper to look like a cloud and stuff with tissue -
hang your cloud poem from the ceiling.
Djinn

Re: Loved Peachy's idea Here's a new book to work on
Posted by Joni, on 6/10/98
I got this idea for "It Looked Like Spilt Milk" from the preschool Mailbox --can't
remember which one.

Spoon out a blob of whipped cream on waxed paper for each child. Have them shape it
into a cloud with a spoon. This can get tricky!

Next, put all of the clouds on a tray and freeze them. Voila-- frozen clouds!

Here's a song that also came from Mailbox:
to the tune of "twinkle, twinkle little star"

Floating clouds up in the sky,
Changing shapes as you pass by.
Floating by without a sound.
Won't you come and touch the ground?
Floating clouds up in the sky,
Changing shapes as you pass by.

Joni

Re: Loved Peachy's idea Here's a new book to work on
Posted by Grace, on 6/11/98

Read several times and familiarize students with the
pattern.
Make shapes out of white felt and let students use the book
to sequence the shapes in the story.(There is a book with
patterns and ideas: Literature Activities for favorite
stories by Teacher Created Materials)
Talk about clouds. Go outside and observe some. Make a
cloud in the classroom using steam.
Put a blob of white paint in the middle of a piece of blue
paper. Let students fold the paper and unfold when it is
dry they write: Sometimes it looked like ________ but it
wasn't ________. These are great for the bulletin board. I
used craft ribbon with suns and clouds for border. Put up
the words Sometimes It Looked Like... but It Was Just a
Cloud. It attracted a lot of attention.
Becky

Becky, I have done a similar activity for "It looked Like Spilt Milk" with my kinders, but
instead of using white paint, I give each child a small piece (6x9) white construction paper,
and they tear a cloud (after observing clouds outside). Then they glue their white paper
shapes on blue paper, and we finish with the same sentence frame you used. I have then
put the pages together into a class book.
Re: Loved Peachy's idea Here's a new book to work on
Posted by Nedra, on 6/15/98

My class has made big books using 18"x24" blue construction
paper and painting the pictures to go along with It Looked Like
Spilt Milk and Little Cloud. I made Little Cloud into and
accordion book so it spread most of the way across the room when
it was all opened up. The kids loved it! For Spilt Milk I had
the kids write the text. For Little Cloud I typed it on the
computer and we added it to the correct page.
We also made a memory game using the words from Spilt Milk