Spring Break STEM Movie: The Princess and the Frog

It was a very successful program, with 20 children participants and 11 parent participants. The parents really appreciate being able to bring the whole family, even their toddlers to see the movie and know that other parents will be understanding and have a good time. The experiment was also a great time, and I can’t wait for my next one: The Lego Movie in the summer!

princess and the frog

A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she faces the same problem after she kisses him.  (G, Film Running Time: 1 hour 38 minutes)

Snacks and a science experiment will be provided. Feel free to bring additional snacks, blankets, and stuffed animals. During the intermission, we will talk about frogs and make “frog skin.”  

Set-up- 1 Hour

Prep/Supplies

  • Popcorn
  • Cups
  • Drinks (Water)
  • Borax Powder
  • Glue
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Baggies/Handouts: To Make Gak
  • Blankets/Pillows/Stuffed Animals/rugs
  • Film/Projector/Laptop
  • Books about Frogs/Princess and the Frog stories

Set up blankets, pillows, rugs, and stuffed animals around the room for all of the kids to sit on. Set up projector, and laptop with movie successfully playing. One table with related books (frogs, other versions of the frog princess, amphibians) and popcorn with some kind of container (I prefer cups as scooping mechanisms and containers). Another table with the science experiment set up.

Outline

5 min Opening: Hello everyone, and thank you for coming, my name is Ms. Elaine, welcome to a STEM Movie Night. We’re going to get started in just a few minutes, so you can get comfortable with blankets, pillows, stuffed animals and get some popcorn from the back of the room. About an hour into the film, we’re going to take a 20 minute intermission so that everyone can use the bathroom and we can learn a little about frogs and do a science experiment. If any kids are having a hard time and need to take a moment, just step out with them for a few minutes, but please feel welcome to return… we’re excited to have you all here. If you’re kids are over 7, they can hang out here with us, but otherwise you’ll need to stay in the room.
6:10 pm Film Begins
6:50pm Pop Second Round of Popcorn
7:10 pm5 min Intermission (point in movie:Mama Odie Banishes the shadows) Bathroom break, more popcorn
2 min Introduction to frogs:
Frogs are amphibians, which means they live part of the time on land, and part of the time in the water. This means they need to be able to breathe underwater. How do you think that they do that?A frog’s skin absorbs water to drink what they need, and also to breathe. They pull oxygen directly out of the water.
10 min Frog Skin Experiment ((5 borax:1 water):(1 glue: 1 water): 3 drops food coloring/tablespoon)

  • 1 Cup of Water: 1 Cup of Elmer’s Glue
  • 5 tablespoons warm water: 1 tablespoon Borax Laundry Powder (in laundry section)
  • 1 medium/large sized bowl
  • Stirring implement/Hands
  1. First, mix glue and water in medium to large sized bowl.
  2. Stir the Borax powder into the warm water, doing your best to integrate the two materials (it doesn’t dissolve very easily, but you want it completely integrated.)
  3. Slowly add the Borax/Warm water mixture to the glue, while stirring the mixture with an spoon or your hands until all of the Borax has been completely dissolved into glue/water mixture.
  4. Continue to mix until the solution has a gak texture. This can sometimes take a little time.
5 min Discussion Points/Facts

We’ve just created a long chain polymer. Polymers tend to be dense, strong, and flexible.  Some examples are plastic bottles, stryrofoams, latex paints and chewing gum.

Frogs need a clean environment because they are sensitive to any kind of pollution, pesticides, and acid rain. This also makes it very important to rinse your hands (with NO SOAP) before handling a frog, because they will absorb everything that you have touched on your hands directly into their skin.

7:32PM Movie restart: 38 MINUTES REMAINING
8:10 PM Movie ends, Hand out gak in plastic bags with the handout stapled to it. Clean up begins! (1 hour, including vacuuming)

Sources:

Frog Skin (Gak)

How to Make ‘Frog skin’ or ‘Gak’
http://kids-activities.wonderhowto.com/how-to/make-frog-skin-gak-349760/

How to Make Your Own Slimey Gak At Home
http://kids-activities.wonderhowto.com/how-to/make-your-own-slimey-gak-home-349761/

Polymers
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/lessonplans/chemistry/polymers.html

Frogs

Frogland. Strange but True Facts. Frog Skin.
http://allaboutfrogs.org/weird/general/skin.html

Save Our Frogs! What’s causing these problems in our Frog populations? Pollution, Pesticides, and Acid Rain
http://allaboutfrogs.org/info/save/threats.html

Blog About Frogs: Handling Frogs
http://blogaboutfrogs.blogspot.com/2011/02/handling-frogs.html

Anatomy of the Frog. The Skin and Respiratory System.
http://www.lookd.com/frogs/anatomy.html

More about Frogs:

Scientists find bizarre lungless frog: Enigmatic amphibian apparently gets oxygen through its skin
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/23996711/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/scientists-find-bizarre-lungless-frog/#.VQnEfuGLWew

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