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Story Time: EMT Morales-Clamshell Stretcher

Language, science, crafts, and snack activities for a Story Time featuring EMT workers in EMT Morales-Clamshell Stretcher

Oh, my friends, I have a new Glad to Do It! book for you this week, and I’m excited to tell you that this one comes with a giveaway!

I’m co-hosting a giveaway of 4 Glad to Do It! books along with my friends Lisa from Homeschool Insights and Joanne from Our Unschooling Journey.  The cool part?  When you include today’s Story Time, the giveaway is for all 4 of the J2B books for which I’ve created activities.  You can read Lisa’s entire post about the books here.

Are you pumped?  I am!  Let’s get to it!

EMT Morales, the third character in the Glad to Do It! series, is her own special brand of helpful.  Like our other two everyday heroes, Fireman Rocky Hill and Officer Jack, she is always glad to help.  In this book, EMT Morales works with her partner, EMT Flynn, to help a man who has dislocated his hip on the side of the road.  In order to keep from hurting him, they use a clamshell stretcher to get him into the ambulance.

James Brewster from J2B has once more worked his magic, my friends.  This is an upbeat, interesting story that informs children about exactly what it is that EMT workers do.  So I’ve come up with some awesome activities to get your littles even more excited.

Language, science, crafts, and snack activities for a Story Time featuring EMT workers in EMT Morales-Clamshell Stretcher

This post is sponsored by J2B LLC, but my opinions?  Oh yeah, they’re my own.

EMT Morales-Clamshell Stretcher Activities

Language

The wonderful writing of this book provides a great opportunity to practice sentence variety.  Here’s a free printable that explains how and why sentence lengths should vary with a paragraph for your kiddos to practice with.

Sentence Variety Free Printable for Story Time: EMT Morales--Clamshell Stretcher

 

Science

Use a battery to create a flashing light bulb in this experiment while studying EMT workers in Story Time: EMT Morales-Clamshell Stretcher

Flashing Light Bulb Experiment

One of the steps the EMTs take to race to the emergency is flicking on the flashing lights of the ambulance.  If you want to wow your kiddos with a simple light experiment, this is the one.  It’s super easy, and they can even make the light flash!

What you need:

  • 1.5 volt lightbulb (we removed ours from a standard flashlight)
  • D Cell battery or larger (we used 6-volt battery because we had it in our science kit)
  • 6 inches copper wire
  • Knife or wire strippers for striping wire

Use a battery to create a flashing light bulb while studying EMT workers in Story Time: EMT Morales-Clamshell Stretcher

What you do:

  • Strip about 1/2 inch of the insulation from both ends of the wire
  • If you’re using a D cell battery, tape one end of the stripped wire to the negative or bottom side of the battery
  • If you’re using a 6-volt like we did, wrap one end of the wire around the negative post
  • Make a loop in the other end of the wire that the metal base of the light bulb will sit in.  Make sure the copper is touching the metal
  • Holding the wire, touch the bottom of the light bulb to the positive end (or post) of the battery
  • Light!
  • To make it flash, simply move the bottom of the light bulb off the positive and back on

If it doesn’t work, it means one end of the copper wire isn’t making a connection.  Fiddle around with them until it does.

Even my older boys thought this was super cool.

Craft

Craft a skeleton from pasta to study bones in Story Time: EMT Morales-Clamshell Stretcher

Pasta Skeleton

Because the injured man is dealing with a dislocated hip, making a skeleton so your kids can see where the hip bone is becomes the perfect craft.  This is also really easy and cute as heck.

What you need:

  • Salad Shells Pasta
  • Elbow macaroni
  • Penne pasta
  • Spaghetti pasta
  • Acini de pepe or other small pasta
  • Card stock
  • Glue

What you do:

  • Glue one piece of salad shells pasta near the top of the card stock for the skull
  • Run a 2-inch straight line of glue from the base of the ‘skull’
  • Place the acini de pepe along the line for the spine
  • Below the skull, glue a piece of elbow macaroni on either side of the spine for the shoulders
  • Glue a piece of penne below each shoulder for the arms
  • At the base of the spine, glue a piece of elbow macaroni on either side for the hips
  • Glue a piece of penne below each shoulder for the upper legs
  • Glue a piece of elbow macaroni below each upper leg for the knees
  • Glue another piece of penne below each of the knees for the lower legs
  • Break a piece of spaghetti into 20 small pieces and glue 5 of the pieces below the arms and legs for the fingers and toes

Snack

Apple Snow Custard Recipe for Story Time: EMT Morales-Clamshell Stretcher

Apple Snow Custard

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.  It might not help with emergencies, but this snack sounds fancy, looks pretty, and will wow your kiddos with its yumminess.

What you need:

For the Apple Snow:

  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 egg whites (reserve the yolks for the custard)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

For the custard:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

What you do:

For the Apple Snow:

  • Pour the applesauce into a medium bowl
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until foamy
  • Continue beating, gradually adding water and lemon juice to egg whites
  • Beat until stiff but not dry
  • Fold into applesauce
  • Cover and chill until needed

For the Custard:

  • Heat the milk in a heavy-bottomed pan until very hot but not boiling
  • Bet the egg yolks for about 3 minutes, slowly adding the sugar until mixture is a pale lemon color
  • Very slowly pour the hot milk into the egg mixture while stirring constantly until fully blended
  • Return to pan and heat over medium-low heat to just below boiling point (froth will disappear)
  • Don’t boil it or the milk will curdle.  So stay off the phone for a few minutes. haha
  • Remove from heat and quickly pour into a bowl
  • Stir for 1-2 minutes to cool it
  • Allow to cool completely then add vanilla, stirring to blend well
  • Cover and chill until needed

Put it together:

  • In a dessert cup or glass, add a layer of custard
  • Cover with a layer of Apple Snow

Miscellaneous

In the beginning of the book, the EMTs are teaching CPR to the firemen (I just love how Mr. Brewster connects all the stories together).  CPR is an important skill that all children should learn.  Why not find a local course and get trained?  You can find them easily on the websites of the American Heart Association or Red Cross.

Enter the giveaway!

Enter to win 1 of 4 J2B Publishing books

If you have enjoyed the Story Times I’ve created for J2B, including Aunt Louise Comes to Visit, Rocky Hill, Fireman-Fire!, Officer Jack Underwater, and today’s Story Time, you can win one of the books by entering here!  The giveaway ends 0n 8/21 @ 11:59 PM ET, so get on it, my friends.  I promise, you will love these books!

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Good luck!

Love wins,

KT

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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