Wednesday, December 31, 2008
President-Elect Barack Obama
Barack Obama (born August 4, 1961 -) will be the 44th President of the United States of America. He was elected President on November 4, 2008, as a Democrat. His Vice-President running mate was Joseph Biden. Barack Obama is the first African-American president of the USA.
In the summer of 2008, Obama became the first African-American to be the presidential candidate of a major political party (the Democrats). On November 4, 2008, Obama won the general election, defeating John McCain (a Republican) to become the 44th President of the United States. For the complete story check out the following source.
Source: EnchantedLearning.com Copyright ©2008 The Presidents of the United States of America http://www.enchantedlearning.com/history/us/pres/list.shtml
See their homepage and info at: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html
http://geocities.com/mrsjacksonsclass/blackamericanhistory.htm African-American History
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Here are some January events you are going to want to include in your class.
1. New Year´s- Resolution time.
2. Trivia Day (Jan. 4) - Do a trivia review.
3. National Bird Day (Jan. 5) - What´s your state bird?
4. Poetry Break Day (Jan. 13) - Write a poem.
5. Martin Luther King Jr.´s Birthday (Jan. 15) - What is your dream?
6. National Kazoo Day (Jan. 28) - Form a kazoo marching band.
7. Popcorn day- Third Monday in January.
8. Cheese Day- Third Tuesday in January.
9. National Handwriting Day- Third Friday in January.
10. National Puzzle Day- Fourth Thursday in January.
Taken from resource http://www.teachnology.com/newsletters/442.html
See other January resources at http://geocities.com/mrsjacksonsclass/januarythemes.htm
Friday, December 26, 2008
"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." Vice President-elect Joe Biden will have already taken a similar oath. This inauguration will be a great time to reflect on the heritage of Inaugurations in the past. It represents both a national renewal and continuity of leadership of the U.S.
For More Details and Resources Check Out These Links:
http://www.us-inauguration-day-2009.com/?gclid=COy1lLXk35cCFQQCagodpGhwCw Info, Schedule, and Guest List
http://inaugural.senate.gov/ History & Theme-A New Birth of Freedom
http://chicago.about.com/od/neighborhoodshistory/a/Inauguration09.htm Info and Resources
Check out some facts about the Inaugurations at http://www.geocities.com/mrsjacksonsclass/inaugurationday.htm .
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/New_Years_Resolutions.shtml Popular New Year's Resolutions
http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/holidays/tp/resolutions.htm Top 10 Resolutions
http://www.goalsguy.com/Events/n_facts.html Fun Facts & Figures, History, Other Countries, Auld Lang Syne
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Year Definition & Goals
http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/jankidstips.cfm Tips for Kids for the New Year
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/new-years/activity/4136.html Teacher Lesson Plan
http://collegeuniversity.suite101.com/article.cfm/teacher_new_year_s_resolutions New Year's Resolutions for Teachers
http://ted.coe.wayne.edu/sse/units/newyr.htm New Year's Around the World Unit
http://www.teacherplanet.com/resource/newyears.php Teacher Planet New Year's Resources
For more resources check out these links:
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
If you are a sports enthusiast, you could organize the Winter Olympics for your class or school. You could have participation in the gym in the morning and or in the afternoon. You could practice in gym classes (use big buddies)or assign mixed grade group teams with a teacher leader or gym teacher. Each individual could choose at least 3 or 4 sports to do during a planning meeting. When you are ready, you can proudly march into the gym (using some chants and songs) and sit under a huge flag representing your country. Teams could represent six different countries or more (wearing color-coded t-shirts-red for Canada, blue for the USA, black for Germany, etc.).
Some of the ideas for the Winter Olympics:
Parent volunteers could count points for the various teams. The teams had to sit down with their legs and arms crossed when the whole team was finished. It was so much fun. There was a big announcement of the winners at the end of the day. You can also do this for a field day for the Summer Olympics.
Celebrate the Season of Winter with activities and resources that you can find at
http://geocities.com/mrsjacksonsclass/winterholidays.htm Winter Holidays
http://www.teacherplanet.com/resource/winter.php Winter Season Teaching Resources
http://teachers.teach-nology.com/themes/holidays/winter/ Winter Teaching Theme Unit http://www.teach-nology.com/themes/seasons/winoly/ Winter Olympics Teaching Theme Unit http://www.geocities.com/thelearningleapthemes/winterwonderland.html Winter Wonderland Theme Unit-Poems & Ideas
http://www.littlegiraffes.com/winter.html Winter Teaching Theme Unit Ideas
http://stepbystepcc.com/winter.html Winter Theme-Book List, Song, Finger plays & Poems
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/themes/winter.shtml Winter Theme Page
http://www.first-school.ws/theme/seasons_winter.htm Winter Seasonal Theme Preschool
http://www.preschoolrainbow.org/preschool-winter.htm Winter Theme
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems7.html Winter Songs & Poems
http://www.eduref.org/Virtual/Lessons/Science/Animals/ANM0201.html Animals in Winter
http://www.teachingheart.net/xmas.html Great Winter Theme Unit Ideas
http://www.kindergarten-lessons.com/winter_theme.html Winter Math & Science Ideas
http://www.suite101.com/reference/science_experiment Science Experiments
http://www.k-3learningpages.net/web%20winter.htm Winter/ Snow/ Ice Resources
http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/jcheek3/snow.htm Snow/ Winter Resources
Winter Snow Recipe
Materials: Soap flakes, water, liquid starch, and white powdered tempera.
Description: Mix soap flakes with water into a thick paste. Let children mix with a hand beater. Add a small amount of liquid starch and tempera. Let children create designs by painting with this mixture.
Ivory Snow Painting Recipe
2 parts Ivory Snow or similar soap powder (not liquid)1 part Water You can add food coloring for textured paintings.
Mix Ivory Snow and water and beat until it is the consistency of whipped cream. Divide the mixture into paper cups or small bowls. Use this mixture as you would use any paint with brushes.
You could grow a borax snowflake so see directions at
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
What makes the Holidays such a special time of year is that warm, magical feeling that comes from being around friends, family, and loved ones and by celebrating life and letting them know how truly special they are to you. It's so easy to see the next few weeks as a sprint where you've got to keep going at high speed to get everything done at work and at home. Check out some tips, ideas, poems, songs, and resources for not only getting through the holidays but enjoying them as well. It seems like everyone is shopping or getting ready for a Christmas party or some other activity. It took me a long time to realize how important it is for us to allow ourselves to enjoy the holidays. Let in the "Christmas" spirit and become a better person, friend, neighbor, and coworker. Try not to miss out on the joys and wonders of the holiday season. I want you to have some fun this holiday season especially with your family. Make sure every family member gets involved in making it a great time. Pop up some popcorn, make a favorite recipe, or make hot chocolate and sit down at the dining room table with paper and pens, games, books, and other fun activities. Ask others for their ideas for having fun and giving to others? The holidays are going to happen so why not begin them with a joyful mindset and take advantage of the opportunities that are unique to this time of year. If you are open and receptive, good times will happen and those good times will become great memories. Pledge right now to make the holidays a time of joy rather than stress. I want to share my own holiday vision with you so visit my site for some ideas on having fun this Christmas at http://geocities.com/mrsjacksonsclass/decemberfunbooks.htm .
There's a lesson on The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein http://www.teachersfirst.com:80/lessons/givingtree.cfm that focuses attention on the power of giving. You can let everyone reflect and write about the gift they would most like to give and the person or groups to whom they would like to give it.
“The work can wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait while you do the work.”— Patricia Clafford
Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace, love and goodwill to all. I'd like to wish you a very Happy Holiday Season and a Merry Christmas.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
http://crafts.kaboose.com/holidays/christmas/christmas-crafts.html Pictures & Instructions for Popular Christmas Crafts
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/christmas/ Great Craft Instructions
Resources for a Theme Unit on Christmas Around the World
You can find resources for subjects across the curriculum, such as reading and language arts activities, math, science worksheets, social studies projects, art ideas, festive activities, plays, poems, and more. No matter which grade you teach, you will find an activity that your students will enjoy! The holiday season is here so enjoy it and have fun learning about the holidays and special days of December.
http://www.cedarville.edu/academics/education/resource/schools/chca/2socmma/mlwwebca.htm Christmas Click on Country
http://www.d303.org/schools/BellGraham%20Website/2nd/holidays/holidays.htm Holidays Around the World
http://www.soon.org.uk/country/christmas.htm Christmas Celebrations Around the World
http://www.santas.net/aroundtheworld.htm Christmas Traditions Around the World
http://www.the-north-pole.com/around/index.htm Christmas Around the World 30 Countries
http://www.fvsd.ab.ca/stm/christmas_sites.htm#around%20the%20world Christmas Links to Everything
http://www.mrsmcgowan.com/winter/christmas.htm Mrs. McGowan's Christmas Fun
http://www.okaloosa.k12.fl.us/technology/training/tools/elem/christmas.htm Complete Thematic Unit
http://arthur.k12.il.us/arthurgs/xmastriv.htm Trivia Hunt
http://teachers.net/lessonplans/posts/3153.html Lessons Project on Christmas Similarities and Differences
http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Social_Studies/World_History/WRH0027.html Lessons to Create a Presentation
http://www.henry.k12.ga.us/pges/xmas_around.htm Scavenger Hunts
http://www.geocities.com/~perkinshome/world.html Countries of the World Christmas
http://www.proteacher.com/090032.shtml Holidays and Cultures
http://westlakees.wcpss.net/secondgradelinksandlessonplans.htm Holiday Cultures
http://www.proteacher.net/discussions/showthread.php?t=127512 Christmas Around the World Maps
http://lilliel.tripod.com/ WebQuests-Christmas Around the World-Second Grade http://lilliel.tripod.com/id17.html
http://teacherweb.com/FL/VeniceElementarySChool/MsRoberts/wqr7.stm Holidays and Customs
http://christmas-world.freeservers.com/ Many Countries Watch Out Popups
Christmas Crafts from Around the World by Judy Ann Sadler, June Bradford (Illustrator)
Learn about Christmas traditions around the world at http://www.geocities.com/mrsjacksonsclass/worldchristmas.htm .
To learn about Christmas traditions around the world, go to http://www.geocities.com/mrsjacksonsclass/worldchristmas.htm http://www.geocities.com/mrsjacksonsclass/christmascrafts.htm.
To learn about Christmas traditions around the world, go to http://www.geocities.com/mrsjacksonsclass/worldchristmas.htm .
By: Teachnology Newsletter- http://www.teachnology.com
Here are some great projects and ideas for your December classroom.
1. A gift or reward exchange.
2. Map holidays around the world.
3. A cookie contest.
4. Make a family recipe book.
5. Hold a multicultural holiday festival.
6. Decorate your room.
7. Holiday greeting country match.
8. Have students find out how and where their gifts are made.
9. Graph holiday sales.
“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”
— Cynthia Ozick
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