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President’s Day Activities

President’s Day is on Monday, February 21st.  This holiday was originally celebrated to honor President Washington’s birthday.   It is now held on the third Monday of February every year.  On this day, Americans honor all presidents.  This date was chosen because of the proximity to both President Washington and Lincoln’s birthday.  Many states will hold parades and other ceremonies honoring the presidents.  The name of the holiday varies from state to state including President’s Day, Presidents’ Day and Washington’s Birthday.  Typically, schools are not in session on this day.  However, there are many creative language arts and social studies activities to tie into your classroom curriculum.

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Middle School Activities

One activity that students could complete to learn about President’s day is by completing a Web Quest.  A Web Quest is a guided online scavenger hunt to answer questions and completing worksheets while learning about topics through researching provided links online.  Scholastic also provides an interactive web hunt, similar to a Web Quest, for students to learn about presidents.

Fact Monster has a President’s Day page written for children that explains the history of the day.  It explains how different states will celebrate this day in different ways depending on the presidents that may have impacted their community.  There are also many more links to facts pages about presidents, inaugurations, impeachments, biographies, elections, and history.

Elementary School Activities

Elementary students could visit a virtual museum about Lincoln and Washington.  The museum contains images and facts written in a language easy for kids to understand.  There are several activities that go along with the museum visit including creating a KWL chart, a Venn diagram, treasure hunts, quizzes, and additional presentations.  The activity I liked the best was being able to show the students an animated map of when the states were added to the United States.

Kaboose provides links to craft connections for teaching about President’s Day.  Some of the ideas were very creative and fun  and would tie in with the virtual museum trip.  These include making a pretzel log cabin, cherry tree, finger puppets of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln hats, and old glory flags.  Other links on this site include activities, games, printables, and facts about the presidents.

School Family has printables for President’s Day.  There are coloring sheets, word scrambles, writing prompts, and poems.  This site has printable pages of all of the presidents.  An idea for a class activity would be to have the students color pages for each president and then have the students write a few facts about the presidents on each of the pages.  They could then be hung in the classroom or on the bulletin board.

Links for Other President’s Day Lessons & Activities

1.        The Teacher’s Corner President’s Day Activities

2.       Suite 101 President’s Day Lesson Plans

3.       Classroom Activities for all February Holidays

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Back from Break: New Year’s Lesson Ideas for Students

The sign winter break is coming to a close is always the countdown to the New Year.  When students and teachers head back to school after break, they are refreshed, excited, and ready to take on new academic challenges.  Starting off the New Year on the right foot is very similar to the first day of school all over again.  Take this renewed interest to reacquaint students to classroom rules and expectations along with taking the time to share experiences of winter break.  This will help your classroom and students to be successful for the New Year.

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Writing Activities for the New Year

Creative writing and writing prompts are a great way to start of the New Year for your classes.  Getting students back into the academic mindset can be difficult, but if you tailor the assignments to include reflections of the past year or break time activities, and also looking toward the next year and their future, students can really be engaged in the writing process while gaining their academic bearings.   The Teacher’s Corner has many New Year’s writing activities along with links to other websites that have other activities and lesson ideas.  To encourage journal writing they have a link to a printables page with lined paper with a New Year’s theme.  This creative paper can encourage students to write.  Many different lessons can be based on using this paper like making a New Year’s resolution or a list of accomplishments they would like to achieve over the next year.  These can then be shared with the class.  Sharing these goals helps to make individuals accountable for reaching for their goals.

The History of New Year’s

Another great back to school activity for the New Year is for the students to learn about the history of New Year’s.  The History Channel has many videos about the history and traditions of the New Year’s celebrations.  Students could also learn about how different cultures and countries celebrate the incoming of the New Year.   Education World has a great article for teachers to get ideas about what to teach students when learning about the variety of calendars and how different cultures celebrate the New Year on different dates.  A great tie-in would be to present the materials to the students and then they would create their own calendar based on their findings and opinions.

Art & New Year’s

Of course, you can’t teach about New Year’s without incorporating at least one art related activity.  However, these activities don’t have to be meaningless add-ons or just for fun.  Tying in art activities with core curriculum concepts is easy.  For example, if you have students create their own calendar based on learning about other cultures and how and when they celebrate New Year’s, students can become artists when labeling the dates or creating the top part of a calendar.  Here is a great template to use for this activity from About.com

Students can also learn to sing “Auld Lange Syne.”  During this lesson, students can also learn about the history of the song and its importance to English speaking cultures.   Another great site to review for material is Wilstar.  This site has the history and academic connections for many of the major holidays.

For an “overall resource” Suite101 offers a page about activities for students when they return from winter break.  This site includes writing prompts, math ideas, and review games for students to get back into the academic swing. 

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Holiday Lesson Plans for Students

December is a wondrous time of year.  The seasons are changing, there is a nip in the air, and the excitement of winter break is around the corner.  December is also a great month to include a variety of fun and engaging lessons around the themes of winter and the holidays.  These lessons tie right into standards-based lessons that can integrate the core curriculum in a creative way.  Here are some great websites to find holiday lesson plans and activity ideas.

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HotChalk Lesson Plans Pages – Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza

HotChalk Christmas & Holiday Lesson Plans Page has links to many online lesson plans and resources that tie in core-curriculum classes with holiday themed lessons.  The top of the page includes information about the history of the holiday.  Below there are links to craft ideas and lessons that involve language arts, math, science, PE, art, music, reading, and computers.  The Christmas page not only included Christmas lesson ideas, but also winter themed activities.  All of the lessons have grade ranges for which levels they would be appropriate.  This is great for teachers to use and find “at-a-glance lessons” that tie into what they are already teaching.  However, many of the lessons can be adapted for different grade levels or level abilities.  Most of the lessons on this page also include either modifications or extensions for special needs and gifted students.

Under the additional resources section, this site lists various items like holiday themed worksheets, SMART Board templates, coloring pages, and other multi-media tools.  I enjoyed the “Build-your-own Snow Man” activity that I found through the Christmas SMART Board Resources link.  This site allows students to come up to the board and move various styles of outfit pieces to make their own snow man.  This would be a great way to introduce a lesson on diversity or culture in a fun way.  I also liked the lesson where students had to write a story about the best Christmas they ever had to try and make “the Grinch” change his mind about Christmas.

The Hanukkah Lesson Plans Page is set up in a very similar way. The top of the page includes a history of the holiday and then lesson plan ideas follow.  This page is not as extensive, but can provide a spring board for including lessons on this December holiday.  One of the best resources from this page was the link to Torah Tots.  This is a page that includes Hanukah lessons, but also provides lessons and activities to learn about all of the Jewish Holidays and religious practices with a fun twist and at a level that younger students can understand.   This is a page that students could even explore during their computer center time or during computer lab times.

The Kwanzaa Lesson Plans Page currently only has resources that help teachers to teach about the variety of holidays that are celebrated around the world during December.  These lessons would be great to teach the ideas of compare and contrast along with using graphic organizers.  The lesson on their page includes using various stories from the different cultures and taking the students on a ‘journey’ through the different cultures and holidays.  I felt the Kwanzaa children’s page on the Kwanzaaland Website was a good starting point in teaching about Kwanzaa.  This page includes a brief history of the holiday, coloring pages and other worksheets for students to learn about the Kwanzaa.

This website is a great starting point to find great teacher-made lessons along with online resources for holiday lessons and activities for the classroom.   The site had many annotated links of the top websites that I would typically use when searching online for holiday themed ideas.  Below are more resources for you to check out while planning your holiday themed lessons.

More Sites to Check Out

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Thanksgiving Project & Craft Ideas for Students

Thanksgiving week is a great time of the year to engage your students in creative and crafty cross-curriculum projects.  The Thanksgiving theme is effective with ties not only social studies, but all subject areas like math, science, language arts, technology, and foreign languages.  Thanksgiving lessons also lend themselves to be tied into social skills like sharing, giving, and being thankful.

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Crafty Ideas from my Experiences

Many of the ideas that I have on this topic are generated from my experiences as a teacher.   These are great ideas that you can incorporate in your school or classroom.

Class Feast – Hold a feast for students and invite parents.  Students can prepare dishes at home to bring to school to share with their classmates.  If students are not allowed to bring home prepared foods, many traditional Thanksgiving fare can be purchased already prepared from local grocery stores and restaurants.  Students can make craft items like placemats, place cards, and Indian headdresses or pilgrim hats.

“Turkey Hand Poems” – Students write a short poem (like a haiku, acrostic, couplet, or limerick) about turkeys (or any other Thanksgiving theme).  Students then trace their hand on construction paper and decorate it into a turkey.  The poem is written or pasted (if typed on a computer and printed) onto the turkey hand.   This can then be turned into a card or place setting for a Thanksgiving meal.

Food Drive – Students bring in canned and non-perishable foods to donate to local food banks, homeless shelters, veterans hospitals, or senior centers.  Older students can help to organize the event by promoting the drive to the different classes, making flyers, collecting, and delivering the food.  Students could even volunteer their time the day of Thanksgiving at a local charity to help serve Thanksgiving dinner.  These ideas tie in with many business and computer education classes with the idea of marketing and desktop publishing along with community outreach. Providing direct responsibilities and roles for special needs students helps them in following through with their directed assignment in helping out for a food drive.

History Videos – Another great activity that incorporates technology with learning about History is showing videos about the history of Thanksgiving.  This activity can be combined with a teacher-made guided worksheet.  The videos available on The History Channel Website represent the true stories of the first Thanksgiving, the historical importance, and traditional customs of celebrating Thanksgiving today.

Native American Costumes – A great activity for younger students is to hold a Thanksgiving reenactment play.  Students can be split into pilgrims and Native Americans.  Students can make headdresses and pilgrim hats out of sentence strips.  They can write short sentences in relation to a theme or activity about Thanksgiving.   Students can make vests or outfits out of paper bags that can then be painted and decorated in traditional ways to represent Native Americans and pilgrims.  A math connection can be made when making the feather headdresses by having the students put the feathers into patterns. The final result can be a short play reenacting the first Thanksgiving.

All of these activities can be adapted to meet the needs of any specific classroom or a school.  Providing assistance or a buddy pairs with craft activities help students with limitations to participate in the activity.

Parents also love to volunteer during the holiday season so they can watch their students grow and learn with fun hands on activities.  Teachers should welcome this help by assigning specific roles to the parents.

Sites with More Thanksgiving Craft Activities and Lessons

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Voting Day Activities for Students

uesday, November 2nd is a very important day in America.  It is the day where we are holding mid-term elections for 37 of the 100 senate seats.  State votes will also take place on topics ranging from education to state spending.  Elections will also be held that day for many governor positions along with other state and local government positions.  Teaching students about the importance and history of voting is vital to the basis of why the United States was formed and continues to be a free nation.  The Elections that will be held on this day will shape the next few years of American politics and government.

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Here are some great online resources for lessons and projects for teaching about voting and elections for students in grades K-12.

A to Z Teacher Stuff Election Resources

On A to Z Teacher Stuff, they have an annotated list of election resources.  This site has activities and lessons for all grade levels.  For older students, they have activities like critiquing campaign ads, mapping election results, news scavenger hunts, debate activities, and voting games.  This site has only a few activities for younger students that are adaptions of the lessons for the older students.  The elections mapping and the scavenger hunts would be great for students of all ages and levels.

Teach-nology Election Lesson Plans

On Teach-nology, they have a site dedicated to civics, voting, and elections lesson plans.   This site has some lessons that you may only download a few pages or parts of a lesson for free, but the remainder of the materials must be downloaded by purchasing a year-long membership to the site.  However, there are also lesson links that direct you to other great, free teaching resources.  One great hands-on lesson on this site is called Every Vote Counts.  This lesson gets the students involved in the process of voting by holding a mock school election.  The students are involved in the whole process from creating the ballot, campaigning, voting, and counting the votes.  A great lesson for older students would be to review political cartoons and their meaning and impact upon the election.

Teachable Moments Lesson Plans on Social Responsibility

Teachable Moments has grade-level separated activities based on the topic of social responsibility.  The topics range from teaching about important, but sensitive issues like cyberbullying, homophobia, war, climate change, controversial laws, and dealing with a crisis through positive and impactful lesson plans and activities.  The activities are created as ‘teachable moments’ in society arise that make the topic an important newsworthy and education worthy topic of discussion.

This site also has lessons about elections, voting, politics, and the United States Government.  One high school lesson involves the topic of the ‘broken senate’ and filibustering.  There are reading passages that the class reads together and then discussion questions to further the depth of the conversation.  Another middle school lesson encourages the students to look at the qualities that political figures and the president should possess.  It also includes information on how adults may make decision on who they vote for and how they learn about the issues and candidates before voting day.  This is a great website that helps to teach difficult subjects in an appropriate educational manner and setting.

Election Day Kaboose Activities

Kaboose has great craft and activities ideas to teach younger students about Election Day.  They have craft ideas to create election boxes, voting booths, and election pins/stickers.  These crafts can then be tied into mock-elections like voting on the snack for next week or who gets to be the line leader for the day.

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Falling into the Seasons – Halloween Activities for Students

Celebrating Halloween in the classroom doesn’t just have to mean wearing costumes and eating candy.   Many schools these days do not even allow students to celebrate Halloween.  However, there are still great opportunities to learn about the common traditions that happen during the fall time.  Here are some great fall activities for all ages and subjects.

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Apples 4 the Teacher

Apples 4 the Teacher has great Halloween activities for students.  The activities range from printable worksheets to craft and color activities.  They also have reading lists of books, short stories, and poems that are fall appropriate.  Fall and harvest themed food activities are also a great way to spend the day before Halloween.

DLTK’s Growing Together

On DLTK’s Halloween page there are also a wide variety of activities for students to learn about the fall and Halloween.  Activities include worksheets, recipes, poems, songs, puzzles, and coloring pages.  There is also a Link Page that includes links to other educational sites and their Halloween sites.

Family Education – Halloween Fun & Activities for Kids

On the Family Education site, they have great activities and resources for both teachers and parents to incorporate learning about Halloween while having fun.  Great activities for the kids to do in school are creating decorations from your classroom, trivia quizzes about the history of Halloween, printables, Halloween safety tips, and party ideas.  One great addition to this site is that they have visual slide shows on various activities that you could do with the students.  This is great for visually learners and allows you to be able to show examples to your students.  Some examples are kid friendly Halloween movies, costume crafting activities, recipes, and crafts.

A Kid’s Heart – Harvest Activities

This site has a great selection of fall related activities including online games.  These are general fall related activities, not just Halloween.  The students can play online games where they will learn about fall themes like leaves, scarecrows, acorns, pumpkins, and bats while learning math concepts, writing poems, solving puzzles, or following directions.  Many of the activities on this site would be great for center activities.

Enchanted Learning – Autumn Crafts

Enchanted Learning has activities for students to be creative and learn about fall vocabulary.  They have activities in both English and Spanish for grades K-8.  Craft activities include place cards, scarecrows, and leaf wreaths.  There are also many activities with drawing, writing, and spelling.  There are also math activities including counting, sorting, and patterns.  There are also fall booklets that can be copied and create for the kids including math, vocabulary, and spelling activities along with coloring.

All of the activities and lessons above can be adapted to fit the needs of your students.  Some activities may be modified simply by providing assistance to color or cut.  Other adaptions could include pairing students together to complete the activity, shortening the assignment or number of vocabulary words that may be taught, or providing student assistance as needed.

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Leif Erikson & Columbus Day for Students

Leif Erikson Day is on Saturday, October 9th and Columbus Day is on October 11th.  These holidays are not typically celebrated like traditional holidays such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, however they are a great holidays to incorporate into the classroom.

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Leif Erikson Day

Leif Erickson was said to discover America over 500 years before Christopher Columbus.  This day is also celebrated to recognize the contribution of individuals from Nordic descent that were pivotal in discovering America.  This holiday is widely celebrated in the mid-west where many Nordic individuals settled after coming to America.

Great activities for the classroom would be incorporating a project-based activity where the students would learn about the history and importance of Leif Erikson.  The students could also include information about Scandinavian people and their culture.  Leif Erikson Day is also the favorite holiday of SpongeBob SquarePants, a top children’s show on Nickelodeon.  This can be a great tie-in for kids to be interested in learning more about Leif Erikson Day.  A great site that has activities about Leif Erikson and Vikings is a teacher-made site created by Mr. Donn.  This site has PowerPoint presentations, fairy tales, myths, and online activities.  These activities are great for middle school students.

Columbus Day

Columbus Day is more widely celebrated in the Bahamas, United States, and Central America.  Some states even close schools to celebrate this day with parades and parties.  The kid’s website called Kaboose has many great hands-on activities for students to learn more about Columbus Day.  Craft activities range from making egg carton boats, paper towel roll telescopes, and designing maps.  This site also has a kid-friendly explanation of the significance of Columbus Day.  These activities can all be modified for students with disabilities.  Some strategies would be providing assistance, pairing up students to complete the crafts, or providing text of different levels to differentiate instruction.

The History Channel has an interactive site devoted to Christopher Columbus.  They provide articles and videos about Christopher Columbus; celebrate traditions, and information about the controversy surrounding Columbus.  This would be a great resource for middle and high school students.  The videos are a great addition for visual and kinesthetic learner.

These two holidays are back-to-back, have a great historical ties -in for school lessons along with craft activities.  Learning about these holidays provides students the understanding and background information about the discovery of the Americas by the European settlers.  This is a great foundation for students to continue this true historical learning leading to up Thanksgiving.  The activities that can be incorporated are great for ESOL students and special needs students through the hands-on nature of the activities.

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Visual & Kinesthetic Learning Activities for SPED

There are three types of ways that students learn: hearing, seeing, and by doing.  Research has demonstrated that that majority of learners will retain information that they see and do.  These students are termed kinesthetic learners.   This means that when you incorporate interactive visual activities in the classroom, your students are more likely to process and retain the information along with being able to perform higher on both classroom based assessments along with standardized assessments.  This is especially important for special education students.  Having them engaged, actively involved, and ‘doing’ what they are learning can help to keep them attentive, interested, and increase academic games.

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Two ways that I like to have students actively engaged in my classroom lesson is by using my interactive SMART board and by having them complete both online and off-line projects about the topics they are learning.  Below are some resources for both areas that are easily adaptable for many different ages and ability levels.

SMART Board Interactive Resources

SMART Technologies has a site for teachers to share their already completed lesson and SMART board activities that they have created for their classroom.  This site is called SMART Exchange.  On this site teachers can upload and download lessons by searching their site.  The site has interactive activities on all subject areas and grade levels along with including activities that include their SMART Response system remotes where students can answer questions and interact with their lessons from their seat using a remote style device.  Remember, SMART boards are meant to be INTERACTIVE boards, which means that the students should be able to come to the board, answer questions, manipulate figures, or show other students their knowledge.  This is where the digital power of the board will help students to retain what they are learning.

Another great site with SMART board activities is Center School District’s site for SMART Board Templates.  This site has interactive activities for grades K-12.  They have templates for math that include graphing, number lines, and multiplication facts.   They have literature templates that include both the stories and interactive question, mapping, and reflection sections.  They have modifiable templates of various graphic organizers including Venn diagrams and KWLs.  They have social studies, geography, French, and science interactive templates that would be great to encourage participatory learning in your classroom.

On & Off-line Project Ideas

eHow.com has a page devoted to class project ideas.  These projects include making dioramas and science fair style projects.  It also includes a link about how parents can get involved in helping their children with class projects.

The Computing Technology for Math Excellence website provides teachers with a background on project based learning and questions the teacher should follow when creating a project for students to complete.  This site contains a wealth of web links to other sites with great project ideas including building bridges to teach about math and engineering and ePals where students can connect with other students from around the world.  Links to WebQuests, activities that will have the students complete an online hunt for information, are also included.  This site also has links to various rubrics and score guides on how to grade students when completing project based assignments.

Please feel free to share any links that you may know for interactive whiteboard materials or project ideas by commenting on this article!

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Peace Day & First Day of Fall Activities for Students

Students always enjoy when a teacher is able to tie in special days into their curriculum.  It makes learning about the subject ‘real’ and interesting for the students.  Next week will be the 28th annual Peace Day Celebration around the world.  Many countries across the globe participate in Peace Day by holding events, ceremonies, and spreading the message of peace to commemorate this day.  Next week also marks the first day of fall, at 11:09pm on Wednesday the 22nd.  This day is also called the Autumnal Equinox.  Marking this day in your classroom is a great way to incorporate history, geography, and science all into one lesson.

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Peace Day

On the International Peace Day website you can find information about the history of Peace Day, local events that will be held by various organizations in your area about Peace Day, information about planning a Peace Day event, along with many links to various organizations, activities, and online broadcasts for Peace Day events.

For Peace Day at my school, we have an entire school-wide celebration.  Every grade participates in a different activity that celebrates peace.  Activities range from artwork, essays, poetry, dances, skits, and speeches.  All of the different components come together and are shared during the school-wide assembly.

Some activities that you can incorporate at your school for Peace Day include planting a ‘peace’ tree, making origami cranes, writing poems about peace, or coloring in a dove (the universal symbol of peace).   Planet Pals has great activities for learning about Peace Day in the classroom including learning about the Nobel Peace Prize, the Peace Bell, the story of Peace Day, and famous peace quotes.  This is a great site for middle school students to learn about Peace Day.  The First School website has suggests for the teacher to create lessons about Peace Day.  The activities include book reflections on simple biographies of individuals who strived for peace, crafts including flowers and wreaths, along with connections made to other peaceful holidays and events.  These activities are created for young students, but can be adapted for different levels.

Autumnal Equinox

Teaching about the Autumnal Equinox is a great way to incorporate a variety of subjects into one lesson around an interesting and meaningful subject.  Depending on the level of students, they can learn about the earth’s tilt, the difference between summer and winter, how it affects the difference hemispheres of the earth, or simply how on the Autumnal Equinox in the United States that day and night will be almost equal at 12 hours each.

The calendar-updates website provides background information about the Autumnal Equinox along with images and links to help understand the meaning of the autumnal equinox.  This site also contains historical information about other holidays as well and is a handy teacher resource.   The Teacher’s Guide has a variety of different activities and lessons incorporating different levels of students and subject areas for the theme of fall.  These activities include SMART board templates, crafts, recipes, printouts, online resources, and lesson plans.  One of my favorite activities on this site is learning about why the leaves change color in the fall which includes reading activities for several levels of students (including ages and ability levels) along with a science component.

To engage the students in learning the standards and concepts you are required to cover as a teacher is much more rewarding by incorporating fun and interactive lessons with meaningful topics.

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Grandparents Day Activities for Students

Grandparents day is Sunday, September 12th.  For a ‘fun Friday’ activity you can have students create cards or arts and crafts projects for them to give to their grandparents this weekend.  Below are a few websites with activities that would be great for elementary students.  If a student doesn’t have a grandparent, they can make the art or craft activity for their parents or for a meaningful adult in their life like a friend of the family, aunt, or uncle.  Your class could also make crafts that could then be delivered to a local nursing home or retirement community.

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Arts & Crafts

DLTK’s Kids Growing Together site has a variety of arts and craft activities for students to complete.  On this site the teacher can print out grandparent color pages, cards, doorknob hangers, paper picture frames, and special stationary paper.  They also have several craft ideas including creating a gift bag out of a small brown lunch bag, or creating a flower with a picture of the student using cupcake wrappers.  These activities would be great for student in Pre-K up to 2nd grade.

Learning about Grandparents Day

On Apple’s for the Teacher, they also have many arts and craft activities that students can complete.  For older students, they have activities where students can incorporate language arts by writing a poem for their grandparents.  There are gift ideas and activities that would actually incorporate the grandparents into an activity at school.  At my school, we have a grandparents breakfast that coincides with the opening of our book fair.  On this site, there is also an abundant of written information about the history of grandparents day and a cute link about students explaining what their grandparents are and how they are important in their life.   This site has a great list of books that would be appropriate for grandparents day reading.

Creative Last Minute Activities

On the Family Crafts page on About.com, they have a great list of ideas of how you can incorporate activities and crafts for Grandparents day into your classroom.  Many of these ideas are very easy to implement and can be completed with the typical arts and crafts materials that you already have in your classroom.  Students can create collages, draw a picture of their grandparents, and create fun certificates or coupons to give as a gift to their grandparents.  Writing activities include writing a reflection about what makes your grandparents special and writing a poem.  Other tie- ins for other subjects include having the students create a small play they can act out for their grandparents or learning how to say grandma and grandpa in different languages.

All of these activities and crafts can be adapted for different grade and ability levels.  Students can be paired up for many of these activities and act as helpers for students who may not have the mobility skills to cut paper or paste.  For the written activities, teachers can provide guidance by providing sentence or poem starters for the students.  Technology can be incorporated by having the students create cards or poems using a publishing or word processing program.  It would be great to incorporate one of these activities and then on Monday have the students share their experiences with their grandparents and what their reactions were to the great and creative arts and craft presents that they received on their special day.

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