Friday, April 15, 2011


Today in our weather unit we studied thunderstorms.  We learned that during a thunderstorm electricity may build up inside clouds and cause lightning.  When the super-hot lightning bolts suddenly heat the air it makes an explosive sound called thunder. We read the book Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco.
Here's the recipe for Thunder cake to try at home:


    • 1 cup shortening
    • 1 3/4 cups sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 3 eggs, separated
    • 1 cup cold water
    • 1/3 cup tomato puree
    • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
    • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease and flour two 8 1/2 inch cake pans.
  3. Cream together the shortening and sugar.
  4. Beat in the vanilla and egg yolks.
  5. Mix in the cold water and pureed tomatoes.
  6. Beat the egg whites until they are stiff and fold into egg/tomato mixture.
  7. Sift the cake flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  8. Mix dry mixture into wet.
  9. Pour batter evenly into cake pans.
  10. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
We sang a "Thunder" song.
Here's the words so you can sing along: Thunderstorm song We also made thunder clappers. Here's how: 1. Fold a paper in half like a taco.
2. Open paper and fold each corner down to the center fold.
3. Refold the papr toward you along the same fold as in step #1. The flaps will be inside the paper.
4. Fold in half once again so that the opposite sides match.
5. Open the paper so that you can see the fold line.
6. Fold the top two corners toward you so the meet at the fold line.
7. Bend the paper backward along the fold line with the corner points facing you.
8. Hold the two corner points between your thumb and middle finger with your finger in the fold. Quickly move the clapper down with a click of your wrist to make a popping sound.

1 comment:

  1. Kris, the kids look so cute singing that song. I wish I knew it wehn David was little. He was so afraid of storms. It would have beeng great. I guess I will teach it to Emma! :o)