Friday, March 4, 2011

Hoppin' Popcorn

We've been busy lately working on Download N Go unit studies but I haven't taken the time to write up any reviews.  One of our most recent units was Hoppin' Popcorn.  I LOVE popcorn and eat it almost every day.

Download N Go unit studies are written for grades K-4 but I have been successfully using them with my 2nd and 5th graders.  Hoppin' Popcorn was a lot of fun.

With each Download N Go study you get 5 days of lessons.  In Hoppin' Popcorn you will find:

Day 1: Popcorn—What Is It?
Day 2: The Story of Popcorn
Day 3: The Flavors of Popcorn
Day 4: The Science of Popcorn
Day 5: Fun With Popcorn

A few of the pages you will find in Hoppin' Popcorn
In this unit you will learn about geography, science, writing, history, Bible and  even math activities! One of the things I really wanted to focus on for this year was geography and every Download N Go unit we have done has included geography in such a way that we are being exposed to maps of not only the United States but places around the world.  I love that the kids are learning geography in a natural way.

We chose not to include any books from the library in this study.  We didn't need any.  Although we sometimes choose to use many books from the lists they are completely unnecessary.  I do appreciate the book lists though because when I do want to add to the study it makes it so easy.

One of the projects in this study is to sprout popcorn.  I really didn't know that you could take popcorn from your cupboard and sprout it.  We decided not to plant ours but it was fun to watch the sprouts grow.

soaking the popcorn

a tiny sprout after just a couple of days

sprouts were grown in a plastic bag on a wet paper towel

popcorn sprouts

We also popped a popcorn in a test tube over a candle so we could observe the moisture in a kernel of popcorn.  I thought it was pretty cool.

Emma watching the popcorn in the test tube

It popped! (and if you look closely you will see
moisture on the glass)
Overall, we really enjoyed Download N Go's Hoppin' Popcorn!  Now for the best part.  Download N Go has given me an opportunity to give away 1 copy of Hoppin' Popcorn.  The giveaway will run from today until  Tuesday at noon EST (or as soon after noon as I can get to it).  You get one chance by making a comment and one chance each by sharing this on Twitter, Facebook, e-mail or other social media.  Just come back and make a separate comment for each.  Tell your friends!  All entries MUST include an e-mail address so I can contact the winner.  The winner has been chosen and contacted.  Thank you for participating!

To see what others are saying about Hoppin' Popcorn.  Go on the blog tour: 

disclaimer: I was not given a copy of Hoppin' Popcorn for the purpose of this review but I did get it at no charge in exchange for a preview review before it was published.  The opinions expressed are solely mine.  


Kristin said...

Popcorn is a favorite in our house. My kids would love this!

Olsens R Us said...

This would be something I would enjoy doing with all of my kids. I like that it has activities that would engage children of different ages and different styles of learning. Great find Karen!

donnag said...

This looks like a wonderful study and ties so much together through fun with popcorn!

tumbleweedsandtwisters said...

Wow, this one looks so interesting! My kids would love to go through this one!

Kendra said...

I would LOVE to use this unit with my guys! :D We LOVE popcorn here and buy it in a 5 kilogram bag (that's 10lbs 10 ounces) at a time!

Anonymous said...

Looks like you guys had a lot of fun, too!

ThreePts said...

My kids would pop with excitement if they got this unit study. :)

Kahri said...

I love love love popcorn! never thought of learning more about it!

Karen said...

donnag is the winner! Thank you for the comments. :)

Stacy said...


Saw your request for followers and came over to follow you. Please do the same for me. Thank you!

Kelly said...

Came over from the DNG review team to follow you but it said it was down. I'll try again later to follow you.

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