Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bremen Town Musicians

This week's Reading Streets literature story is The Bremen Town Musicians. I thought it might be fun to do a simple puppet show retell.  My class are very good readers and would put a lot of drama in their retelling using lots of expression.
Coloring page can be found HERE at on

At Haynes Marionettes  is a cute printable puppet head collection. I will use 3 of the puppets and adjust the 4th puppet to be a horse. A fun FLASH story interactive for the kids to read along with  is HERE.

Anyway, we did a lot of fun acting today while reading The Bremen Town Musicians.  has a cute coloring page that you could use to add math facts to or just as a fast finisher or a retell. The possibilities are ENDLESS!!  .

You could also do cereal box puppets. We did those last year covering a cereal box with construction paper and making stick puppets to retell a story. Here are some pictures. The link is for Cereal Box Puppets is here for you to check it out.  It's fun to do a puppet show as a retell too. Yeah! 

Some interactions and some other games can be found HERE.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Veteran's Day Activities

Veterans Day Report Writing and Handprint Art Project 

This week is Veterans Day. We will celebrate the day by honoring soldiers who have died in the line of duty, protecting Americans in the U.S.A.  I will teach the kids all 5 branches of the military; Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, Marines. We will also share that they all have their own song (with lyrics) and their own cool uniforms. We listened to them and watched them march out with the flag on utube.
 Veterans Day reports. I love Henry's description of bombs "such as the smoke bomb". Spoken like a true 2nd grader! :D
HERE is a Veterans Day Crossword Puzzle.  The kids really enjoyed.  I told the kids about  Mr. Moss's dad, and how he was a flying navigator in the U.S. Air Force. He flew bombing missions in several wars.  He is still alive and retired. I will also share a picture of my nephew Garrett, who was in the army and shares my birthdate with me.

We painted our right hand brown with a blue thumb and left hand brown with a red thumb. Then we did a white finger for the white tail feather and painted heads in white and a yellow beak (I outlined them in pencil first). Then we glittered red, blue and silver glitters over the tail feathers.

              Veterans Day Youtube we watched. There are 2 others on my last year's post HERE.
I am the daughter of a U.S. Marine who served in 2 wars and was in the military for 8 years. He is gone now, but he is buried in a military cemetary in Southern California. I honor him this week and all other vets who serve, protect and defend our citizens at home and abroad. As a classroom teacher it is my duty to teach my students about Veterans Day each year.
H Is for Honor: A Millitary Family Alphabet (Alphabet Books)
I got this book for $6.00 and free shipping on Amazon and it's a HARDBACK!  Woo Hoo!  I read is called H is for HONOR. It gives kids an education on lots of different things in the military. 

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Jill Biden's book is a wonderful way to introduce to kids all that Veterans and their families sacrifice for us to be protected. I got a copy used for $6.00 which was hardback. It is hard not to cry reading it though, just warning you!

Veterans Day bookmarks
HERE is the link for some cute Veterans Day Bookmarks printables.

Then we brainstorm a list of things that military men and women do for us in the USA. I teach the students the 5 branches of the military; The Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the Marines, and what each branch protects.
Our finished bulletin board for Veterans Day 2012. 

 I told the kids about my dad, Mr. Russell, who was a marine in 2 wars.  He was a great soldier and Marine for the U.S.A. I'm very proud of him.
 We discuss how the military are stationed all around the world to protect us from terrorists and people who would harm our country. Boy are we thankful for our brave Veterans and all that they do!
 They wrote about seeing the military men and women at Air Shows.
 Some kids had uncles who were members of the U.S. Military.
 Lots of kids have grandfathers who were in the military.
 My nephew Tyler is in the Army reserves and he posted this poem last year on Facebook. I AM AN AMERICAN SOLDIER POEM. I loved it. So I added it to our cool bulletin board.
 The students each chose 1 branch of the military to do a colorful seal as a fast finisher.
 We had Marines, Navy Seals, Army, Coast Guard and the Air Force.
 The military seals look cool, but the Eagle handprints look awesome!
 We made our own themed stationery with an eagle on it. It's easy from DLTK Kids link here.
. I show the kids several videos. Check out last year's post on 11-11-11 on Veterans Day to see a few more great ones, as well as the tutorial on how we did the Eagle Handprint art project HERE on 11-11-11 post.

I'm proud to be the daughter of a U.S. Marine. He is gone now, but I love and miss him. And I think of him with honor and pride on this Veterans Day. Thanks pops for all you did for America! Happy Veterans Day everyone!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Presidential Election for Kids

 My students exercised their right to vote in the Mock Presidential Election in our classroom. It turned out that my students called it pretty close.
President Obama won by 2 votes. I have a pretty international classroom so it was a good cross section of American voters. I thought it was interesting how close they were to the actual results.

This cute idea was from the First Grade Parade.


There are so many fun picture books on the theme of Presidents and running for President in an Election. 
These would be great springboards to writing a paper on "If I Were the President" or a letter to "Dear Mr. President" asking for some things kids might come up with that America needs. Those would be pretty priceless!
 We were writing about Veterans Day this week so I had to choose. Maybe later in the week we can write a letter to the winning candidate.
 I told the students a little about the two candidates. Then we voted. They already had their minds made up (no undecided voters HERE!)
Presidential Elections for Kids are a great way to teach some current vocabulary about how we vote in America.....candidates, elections, undecided voters, ballot, etc.
 Our school happens to be a polling place too. So we walked down the hall to the gym and looked inside to see what a voting booth looks like and there were some American citizens voting right while we peeked in!
Here is one of the voting booths we saw in our school gym. Too bad we couldn't all traipse inside and see what it looked like close up. That would have been a small riot!! LOL (my kids can be kinda rowdy!)
Here was our tally after only 6 people had voted. It's an even tie; all votes are equal. 

 Here was their "official" ballot. They had to bubble in their choice, then color his picture, and cut him out. I put glue on the backs as they came up to vote. The cute graphics and ballots and things can be purchased from Hooray for Election Day TPT store item from Casey Dawson for $5.50.
 I sent away for a set of Republican and Democrat stickers from Scholastic Book Clubs to make our chart with. I used red and blue butcher paper and then some scrapbook striped paper for the poster chart. A friend gave me a few poster decals and I gave her a sheet of stickers.
After 15 votes it looked like Governor Romney would take the lead......
But, alas, at the end of the day, he was overtaken by President Obama, who won the mosts votes; 12 in all to Mitt Romney's 10. I was the last to vote. And I lost. Oh well. We Americans get behind our presidents. Good luck President Obama. I hope we have a good 4 years ahead of us!

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