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Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum

Last updated Friday, May 3, 2024

Author: Meghan McCarthy
Date of Publication: 2010
ISBN: 1416979700
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Apr. 2024

Synopsis: Gum. It's been around for centuries - from the ancient Greeks to the American Indians, everyone's chewed it. But the best kind of gum - bubble gum! - wasn’t invented until 1928, when an enterprising young accountant at Fleer Gum and Candy used his spare time to experiment with different recipes. Bubble-blowing kids everywhere will be delighted with entertaining pictures and engaging fun facts as they learn the history behind the pink perfection of Dubble Bubble.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What do you think are some of the ingredients of bubblegum?
•  What flavors of bubble gum do you like?

•  Accountant - a person who checks and takes care of business records or accounts.
•  Beakers - an open glass with a flat bottom and a pouring spout.
•  Sap - the liquid that carries nutrients and water to all parts of a plant.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  How do you think bubblegum is made?
•  Walter works in a laboratory. What do you think it's like working in a laboratory?
•  What invention would you like to create?

Craft ideas:
•  The children can make bubblegum by making circles out of paper, stuffing the paper with tissue paper, and then gluing the pieces of the paper together.
•  The children can draw Bubblegum machines.
•  Earth Day is April 22,2024. Make a poster or flyer about something pertaining to the day.
•  Draw a picture of something you did on your spring break.

Special activities:
•  The children can follow along to this Icky Sticky YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4zWauZFpyo

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!