Sunday, March 6, 2011

Hoppin' Popcorn DNG Review

In our house, popcorn is "comfort" food.  It's a great late night snack for this Momma, a special movie-time treat for the kiddos, and a reminder of a distant land once (and forever) called home.  Jeremiah and Rachel took to popcorn quite easily because it is very familiar to them.  Minus the butter, salt, and seasoning, popcorn is a very popular snack in Ethiopia.  In fact, it is typically served at a traditional coffee ceremony. 

Below is a picture of a coffee ceremony we were able to take part in while visiting an orphanage in Ethiopia.  As you can see, on the silver tray there is puffy white popcorn.  Jeremiah and Rachel were quick to eat this treat as we sipped our freshly brewed coffee.

True to DNG design, Hoppin' Popcorn is an all inclusive, comprehensive week-long study that targets K-4 students.  Utilizing vivid graphics, engaging videos, informative websites, hands-on and just-for-fun activities, and lapbooking, the DNG appeals to children of varied learning styles. The Hoppin' Popcorn DNG, a delectable educational treat from Mrs. Amanda Bennett, brought a whole new element to our understanding of popcorn.  Yes, it is a delicious snack, but as a unit study theme, it also provides a unique opportunity to study history, geography, and science. 

An overview of our week of study as well as some sample pages follow:

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

What makes popcorn different from other corn?
Where is popcorn grown in the U.S.?
How is it grown?
To what lengths do farmers go to ensure a bountiful harvest?
How does popcorn pop?

Want answers???  You need the Hoppin' Popcorn DNG.  Gather your family together and poll them regarding their favorite popcorn flavor - salty, buttery, movie theater, cheesy, caramel, etc.  Better yet - taste test each one.  Get creative and come up with your own.  Everyone in your family can get involved with the Hoppin' Popcorn DNG.  For all this family-bonding, togetherness time - $7.95 is not a bad investment.  Fun, Tasty, and Educational - why would you want to pass this up?

Pop on over to the Hoppin' Popcorn DNG Blog Tour!  See how others enjoyed this yummy study!


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