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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Year's Toast



New Year’s Toast
 

Here’s to the new year...
May it bring more joy and success
And less grief and regret.

To our dreams...
May we never stop believing in them
And taking the actions that will make them a reality.

To our friends, loved ones, associates (or colleagues)...
May we take the time to let them know
How much it means to us
To have them in our lives.

Let us encourage more and criticize less,
Give more and need less.
And whenever we can,
Let us create harmony and peace.

To new beginnings...
Let us start fresh, right now,
To make this the very best year ever.

A very Happy New Year to all of us!
By Joanna Fuchs
 

Winter Books




Suggested Books for Winter:

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Winter-Snow Crafts






Winter-Snow Crafts


Snow Tracks - Paint a child's palm only with brown or black paint and stamp it several times onto a sheet of white paper. Guide them to stamp their palm in a straight line across the paper. Dip their index finger into paint and stamp the "toes" around the top of the palm print 3 or 4 times for each palm stamp. When done, it should look like animal paw prints in the snow.

Q-Tip Snowflakes - Lay a sheet of wax paper on a table. Use Q-tips to make a snowflake on top of the wax paper. Squirt glue on any spot where 2 Q-tips meet. Let dry completely and peel off of wax paper. Don't forget, you don't have to use whole Q-tips, you can break them up and use pieces too!

Paper Plate Snowman - Staple one small paper plate onto a large paper plate. Use buttons, pom poms,construction paper, foam, etc. to make the snowman's parts.

Pasta Snowflakes - Draw a large X on a piece of construction paper and then put a line down the middle to make a guideline for a snowflake. Use a variety of pasta shapes to glue on top of the lines and form a snowflake.

Toilet Paper Tube Penguin - This is a cute little penguin that will come in handy if you're working on a Winter theme, Winter animal theme, or Penguins themselves. I've also shown some options for creating a couple of different kinds of penguins like Emperor Penguins and Macaroni Penguins.

Source:  See more crafts at:  http://www.freekidcrafts.com/january.html  


More January Resources:

Ring In The New Year With Writing!

Ring In The New Year With Writing!
Here are some fantastic writing prompts for the New Year:
1. What is your New Year's resolution? Do you think you can accomplish it?

2. If you could make five positive changes in your life, what would they be?

3. You are coming back from a New Year's Eve celebration when the snow starts to fall so hard you can't see in front of you. You pull into a diner. What happens next?

4. Create a timeline of your entire last year. Include all important events.

5. What was your happiest day of last year? Describe it in detail.

6. What do you wish would happen to you this year?

7. Think back to last year. Describe the day that you wish you never got out of bed.


Weekly Tips for TeachersIssue 546: December 27, 2010Source:  http://www.teach-nology.com/newsletters/546.html


More January Resources:








Friday, December 24, 2010

My First Christmas in Heaven



My First Christmas in Heaven

I see the countless
Christmas trees
around the world below
With tiny lights, like Heaven's stars,
reflecting on the snow.

 
The sight is so spectacular,
please wipe away the tear
For I am spending Christmas with
Jesus Christ this year.

 
I hear the many Christmas songs
that people hold so dear
But the sounds of music can't compare
with the Christmas choir up here. 

 
I have no words to tell you,
the joy their voices bring,
For it is beyond description,
to hear the angels sing. 

 
I know how much you miss me,
I see the pain inside your heart.
But I am not so far away,
We really aren't apart. 

 
So be happy for me, dear ones,
You know I hold you dear.
And be glad I'm spending Christmas
with Jesus Christ this year. 

 
I sent you each a special gift,
from my heavenly home above.
I sent you each a memory
of my undying love. 

 
After all, love is a gift more precious
than pure gold.
was always most important
the stories Jesus told. 

 
Please love and keep each other,
my Father said to do.
I can't count the blessing or love
has for each of you. 

 
So have a Merry Christmas and
Wipe away that tear
Remember, I am spending Christmas with
Jesus Christ this year.

Merry Christmas



I will be making a conscious effort to wish everyone a Merry Christmas this year ... My way of saying that I am celebrating the birth Of Jesus Christ.
Maybe we can prevent one more American tradition from being lost in the sea of "Political Correctness".

To one and All...
 
Jesus is the reason for the season!




Merry Christmas Poem


 
MERRY CHRISTMAS, MY DEAR FRIEND!
  
Merry Christmas, my Dear Friend
I wanted you to know
You make my life more complete
And this I hope does show. 
My Friend, you are always there
I give to you my trust
Tears and laughter we have shared
Your friendship is a must! 
Yes, God has really blessed me
So this I pray for you
"Merry Christmas, my Dear Friend,
And Happy New Year, Too!"
 
Jean Bowley-Meadows
 
 
 

Monday, December 20, 2010

Winter Games and Activities for Kids



Winter Activities for kidsWinter Games and Activities for Kids

About winter About Winter Background on the season and when it's observed in both the northern and southern halves of the world.
When does winter begin in 2010? When is the First Day of Winter 2010? Learn which day in December starts the first day of winter in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Fun Winter Coloring pages for kids - Winter coloring sheets for children Winter Coloring PagesUse your interactive crayon to paint these fun coloring pages of winter symbols and activities - A baby bundled up in a snowsuit, a girl with her snowman, ice skaters, making a snowball, a man with a snow shovel, sledding, a snow scene, a snow shovel, a snowwoman, a snow couple, and a snowman sledding.
Jigsaw Puzzles for kids Jigsaw Puzzles
Warm up from winter with these fun interactive jigsaw puzzles. One of these animated puzzles contains a virtual snowball that you can tag your friends with!
Virtual snowflakes to make and watch fall Snowflake Factory Make your own virtual snowflake. No scissors necessary. Great game to teach symmetry. Comes with its own hole punches. Instructions:
  • Select the number of wedges you want to cut through.
  • Select a hole punch
  • Click on the white wedge and see it go through to all the other wedges!
  • Every snowflake can be unique. Just like in real life!
  • Select a color for your snowflake
  • Select an animation for your snowflake
Winter Worksheets and  Printables Winter Worksheets and Printables Worksheets include a word jumble, word search and placing vocabulary words in alphabetical order. Try using the interactive addition mat to write number sentences. Other manipulatives are printable as well.
Winter Crafts CraftsMake a snowman out of craft sticks, snowflake photo magnet, penguin thermometer, or a winter welcome sign. Tons of resources for other winter craft ideas!
Short Stories about Winter Short Stories about WinterPrintable winter stories for the classroom or home. Classic favorites include Mother Frost and The Babies Blankets.
Winter Poems and Rhymes Printable winter poems for the classroom or home. Includes some great poetry about the seasons: A Riddle on Snow, Picture Books in Winter, and Winter Time
Winter - Kids Reading for Winter Kids Books - Winter - Thematic Reading List Winter book descriptions and reviews for preschool and elementary reading. Titles include: Hello Snow, I Like Winter, It's Winter, Lights of Winter, Ollie's Ski Trip, Poppleton in Snow, Snowball Fight, Snowmen at Night, Teaching About Winter Holidays, The Big Snow, The Tomten, The Winter Solstice, There Was A Cold Lady, When Winter Comes, While the Bear Sleeps, Winter Alphabet Acrostic, Winter Lights, Winter Lullaby, and Winter Waits.
Winter Word Find - Word Search Puzzle
Winter Word Search PuzzleCan you find all the vocabulary words in the interactive word find puzzle that are associated with winter? Hundreds of games in one! The words you search for change each time you play the puzzle. Game is printable if you want to play with paper and pencil or use for vocabulary dictionary skills. The puzzle will contain nine words chosen at random from the following list:
blizzard, boots, cold, crystals, December, drifts, earmuffs, February, fireplace, flake, flu, flurries, freeze, frost, frostbite, frozen, gloves, hat, hibernate, hockey, holidays, ice, jacket, January, mittens, plow, scarf, season, shovel, skate, skiing, sled, sleet, sleigh, slide, slippery, snow, snowing, snowman, snowsuit, storm, white, winter
Go to the Source: http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/winter/   Winter Classroom Activities
Coloring pages, Games, Crafts, Poems, Worksheets, Printables and Stories for Kids
Online Classroom Games and Classroom Learning Resources
for Toddlers, Preschoolers, Kindergarten, and Elementary Students
Kid Safe Teacher Created Primary Website with Homeschooling Activities and Lessons
First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade Teaching Materials and Lesson Plans 

January Events, Holidays, Celebrations


January Events, Holidays, Celebrations
 

  • National Mentoring Month

  • National School Board Month

  • January 1st - New Year's Day

  • January 4th - Isaac Newton's Birthday -

  • January 6th - Jon of Arc's Birthday -

  • January 7th - Galileo's Discovery -

  • January 8th - No Child Left Behind Act

  • January 8th - 14th is Letter Writing Week.-

  • January 11th is Amelia Earhart Day -

  • January 14th - The American Revolutionary War Finally Ends -

  • January 15th - Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday -

  • January 16th- National Freedom of Religion Day -

  • January 17th - Benjamin Franklin's Birthday -

  • January 23rd is Measure Your Feet Day-

  • January 23rd is National Handwriting Day -

  • January 25th - The First Winter Olympics -

  • January 29th is National Puzzle Day

  • January 27th - Lewis Carroll's Birthday

  • January 30th - Franklin D. Roosevelt's Birthday -

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    January Lesson Plan Ideas-Events


    January Lesson Plan Ideas  
    January events you will 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.

    Source: http://www.teach-nology.com/monthly/jan/january.html

    More Resources: http://www.mrscjacksonsclass.com/ http://www.mrscjacksonsclass.com/januaryfun.htm http://www.mrscjacksonsclass.com/januarythemes.htm

    Wednesday, December 15, 2010

    Christmas Themes in Your Classroom

    When students come back from their Thanksgiving break, chances are Christmas is quite the topic of conversation. Students who celebrate the holiday may have already started to help with decorating the tree, hanging stockings, or even developed the lists they plan to mail to Santa. Here are some fun ways that you can incorporate Christmas themes into your classroom. If your school does not allow Christmas to be celebrated because of religious connotation, some of these themes can be changed to a winter or holiday celebration.
    1. Send a card.
    Greeting cards can be used regardless of the religion, whether it is to wish someone a merry Christmas, a happy Hanukah, or just a great New Year. In the classroom, they can help develop grammar and writing skills, spelling, handwriting, foreign languages, art, or even computer skills. Depending on the skills you want to focus on, you can have students draw or use computer art programs for the artwork, as well as practice different writing styles for the message. For instance, they can practice a style of poetry you have been working on, include your winter-themed spelling words, write in a foreign language, or use cursive writing instead of printing. Consider spreading the good cheer by sending the cards to a local hospital, nursing home, or orphanage.
    2. Read a book.
    Depending on the age level of your students and your core curriculum, there are a variety of Christmas stories available. Older children can read "A Christmas Carol" and discuss the themes behind the three ghosts. Religious classes can delve into the original Christmas story in the Bible. You can even read "The Night Before Christmas" and discuss the poetry and older vocabulary words during that time. For writing assignments, have students write a modern day version of classic tales.
    3. Design a budget.
    Nearly everyone loves giving and receiving gifts for the holidays, and most children have at least a general concept of money. Use this opportunity to create basic math problems, design budgets for how much they can spend per family member, or come up with computer spreadsheets to track their holiday spending. You can even bring in ads from various stores for children to price compare favorite holiday items.
    4. Wrap a gift.
    If your students are ready to talk about sizes and shapes or surface area, you can use gift wrapping as an illustration. Give students different-sized pieces of wrapping paper and have them measure the item and paper to see if it will fit.
    5. Count the days.
    For students that are just learning their numbers, counting can be an excellent way to reinforce the concept. Create a calendar counting down the days until Christmas, the last day of school before vacation, New Year's, or other important winter events. Have students practice counting by 5s, 10s, or backwards. Older students can take this a step further and figure out how many hours or minutes are left.
    6. Bake Christmas cookies.
    If you have access to an oven, baking can be a great way to talk about measurements and time. Or you can have students bring in a favorite family recipe and talk about how it was passed down through the years. You can even look and see how different flavors came to be used in cookies and where different spices originated from.
    7. Deck the halls.
    With many houses hanging twinkling lights up for Christmas, or lighting candles for Hanukah, this can be a great way to start a look into basic electricity and how it works. It can also be a jumping off point for safety discussions like how to prevent fires or disaster plans.
    8. If the weather outside is frightful…
    Then you have an excellent opportunity to talk about weather and climates. You can teach students how to measure precipitation, discuss factors like how cold it has to be to snow, or compare and contrast the climate in different parts of the country.
    9. Feed the birds.
    If you live in a location that is quite inclement in the winter time, you can use this as an opportunity to discuss wildlife and pet needs. Make bird feeders or treats to hang in the yard. You may also talk about the importance of bringing animals indoors when it gets too cold outside. You can even use this as a discussion how in some areas of the world the farm animals live in the house with their owners.
    10. Plan a trip.
    For some students, the holidays may be the only chance they get each year to see relatives that live out of state. This can be a great way to introduce map reading skills, discuss different climates, or learn to read airline schedules. Older classes can use the internet to plan imaginary trips to far off countries and discuss flight plans and what to pack for the weather.
    The winter holidays can be a great way to incorporate Christmas into your classroom. Beyond the annual Christmas party, these are just some ideas that you can use to make Christmas last the whole month long.

    Remember you matter, educators make the world go around!

    Cynthia Hughes & Carol Bailus (Newsletter Editors)
    Worksheet Library Newsletter Week of December 15, 201
    Just visit: http://www.worksheetlibrary.com/newsletter.html  

    Saturday, December 11, 2010

    Christmas Recital


    Merry Christmas Recital
    Seven boys and seven girls with good voices and some sprightliness of manner are required. Each carries a wand, to the upper end of which is fastened an evergreen wreath surrounding a large, gilt letter. Ranged in order the letters will spell the word "Merry Christmas." The verse for each is sung to the air, "Buy a Broom." The children enter only one at a time, using a polka step, boys and girls alternately. While singing they take steps and wave wand in time to music. At third line of each stanza the boys bow and the girls make a courtesy, right and left. The chorus at the end of each verse is sung by the entire school. The boy with letter M comes in first, sings, and takes position on platform. He is followed by the girl with E. So continue until the line of children is complete.
    First boy:
    M stands for merry—oh' let us be merry;
    M stands for merry—right merry am I.
    (Bowing.) With a bow to the right, sir, and a bow to the left, sir,
    Come, now, and be merry, all sadness defy.

    Chorus (by school, to the refrain of "Buy a Broom").
    Christmas dear now draws near,
    With song and with evergreen welcome it here.

    First girl:
    E stands for evergreen, beautiful evergreen,
    E stands for evergreen, never to fade.
    (Courtesying.) With a courtesy to right, sir, and a courtesy to left, sir,
    Bring evergreen garlands for Christmas time made.—Cho.

    Second boy:
    R stands for rollicking—come, then, be rollicking;
    R stands for rollicking—fun's in the air!
    With a bow to the right, sir, and a bow to the left, sir,
    In Christmas-day rollicking take now a share.—Cho.

    Second girl:
    R stands for rally, a grand Christmas rally,
    R stands for rally, where Christmas trees grow!
    With a courtesy to right, sir, and a courtesy to left, sir,
    We rally where Santa is likely to go.—Cho.

    Third boy:
    Y stands for youthful—rejoice, now, all youthful;
    Y stands for youthful—quite youthful am I.
    With a bow to the right, sir, and a bow to the left, sir,
    The youthful make merry when Christmas is nigh.—Cho.
    (Leave a space in the line of children between the last letter of "Merry" and the first of "Christmas.")

    Third girl:
    C stands for Christmas—bright Christmas, merry Christmas;
    C stands for Christmas—the best of the year.
    With a courtesy to right, sir, and a courtesy to left, sir,
    Make merry at Christmas with good Christmas cheer.—Cho.

    Fourth boy:
    H stands for happy—at Christmas be happy!
    H stands for happy—right happy am I.
    With a bow to the right sir, and a bow to the left, sir,
    If you would be happy some Christmas gifts buy—Cho.

    Fourth girl:
    R stands for ready—for Christmas be ready;
    R stands for ready—are you ready yet?
    With a courtesy to right, sir, and a courtesy to left, sir.
    To make ready for Christmas, oh! never forget.—Cho.

    Fifth boy:
    I stands for icy—for winter so icy;
    I stands for icy, when Kris drives along.
    With a bow to the right, sir, and a bow to the left, sir,
    Though icy the weather we'll give him a song.—Cho.

    Fifth girl:
    S stands for Santa—the children's own Santa;
    S stands for Santa, the jolly old dear.
    With a courtesy to right, sir, and a courtesy to left, sir,
    For Santy to fill we hang stockings each year.—Cho.

    Sixth boy:
    T stands for thoughtful—of all friends be thoughtful;
    T stands for thoughtful—your presents prepare.
    With a bow to the right, sir, and a bow to the left, sir,
    And be thoughtful those poorer than you have a share.—Cho.

    Sixth girl:
    M stands for magic—for Christmas-night magic;
    M stands for magic filling stockings and tree.
    With a courtesy to right, sir, and a courtesy to left, sir,
    Who does this fine magic, can any agree?—Cho.

    Seventh boy:
    A stands for all of us, old and young, all of us;
    A stands for all of us looking for Kris.
    With a bow to the right, sir, and a bow to the left, sir.
    And all of us hope that not one will he miss.—Cho.

    Seventh girl:
    S stands for smiling—on Christmas morn smiling;
    S stands for smiling—all smiling I'll be.
    With a courtesy to right, sir, and a courtesy to left, sir,
    All smiling, yes, smiling, when presents I see.—Cho.
     
    Merry Christmas Recital for Kids

    Thursday, December 9, 2010

    Holiday Party Games


    Holiday Party Games- Merry Christmas

    Games are great for challenging the mind and getting a little
    friendly competition going between family members. Choose games
    that will work for kids and some for the adults. Some games will
    work for both. Here is a list of potential games that could liven
    up your family celebration this year.

    1. Santa Exchanges – This game is full of fun. The object is for
    everyone to bring a wrapped gift and put it in a designated area
    like under the tree or on a table. Then each person draws a
    number from a hat. In turn, each person gets to pick a gift from
    under the tree. When it is their turn, each participant has the
    option to pick a gift from under the tree or take a gift from
    someone who has already chosen. The catch is that once a gift is
    chosen, the person has to unwrap it and show the group. All gifts
    should be in the same price range but some will be nicer than
    others. Also, the first person to go is the last person to get a
    chance to exchange their gift. They get to choose from all the
    gifts in the group. This game works best for adults. Younger
    children may not appreciate the "exchanging" part of the game.

    2. Timed Guessing Games – This includes naming the gifts on each
    of the 12 days of Christmas, naming as many Christmas carols as
    you can, taking a word and making as many words as you can from
    it, and a Christmas word scramble. Kids and adults are good for
    this one. You can find tons of printables at
    Apples4theteacher.com to use for this game.
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    http://apples4theteacher-news.com/mail/link.php?id=f1a4ec0cmasfunprint ]

    3. Family Trivia – Who knows the most about their relatives? Let
    each relative write down something that happened to them and give
    them to the person in charge of the game. Everyone else gets a
    piece of paper. After each question is read, all players write
    down whom in the room each is referring to. The one with the most
    correct answers at the end of the list wins.

    4. Charades – This is a tried and true party game. All of the
    puzzles have to relate to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or other
    winter holidays. Some examples include a cartoon, movie, book,
    song, or event. The team with the most correct answers wins.

    5. Name that Christmas Carol – This is just like “Name that
    Tune.” Sing or play a CD with the first line or two of a
    Christmas carol. The family contestant has to come up with the
    next line correctly. Start off with easy carols and progress to
    harder ones as you go up the ladder.

    6. Snowman Scramble - Divide the children into two teams, with
    one person from each team as the "snowman". Put the snowmen at
    one end of the room, with a box of clothes and other things to
    dress the snowman in. You could use hats, scarves, jackets, even
    a nose on a string, like a clown nose. Have a relay race to see
    which team can completely dress their snowman first.

    7. Pin the Tail Variations - there are many variations of "Pin
    the Tail on the Donkey" that could be played. Use a picture of
    reindeer and play "Pin the Nose on Rudolph". Another way to play
    is to put Santa's hat on his head. You could have a package that
    needs a bow on top. If you want to make it more complicated, for
    older kids, have a picture tree with several decorations that
    need to be hung on the tree. Whoever gets the most on the tree
    wins.

    Source:
    Apples4theteacher Newsletter Volume III, Issue 14

    Wednesday, December 8, 2010

    Christmas Alphabet Poem


    Christmas Alphabet

    A is for Angels
    With halos so bright
    Whose carols were heard
    On that first Christmas Night

    B is for Bells
    So merrily ringing
    Joy to the world
    Is the message they're bringing

    C is for Candles
    That so brightly shine
    To give a warm welcome
    To your friends and mine

    D is for Doorway
    With garlands of green
    To make Christmas merry
    As far as they're seen

    E is for Evergreens
    With fragrance so rare
    So plentiful at Christmas
    Their scent fills the air

    F is for Fun
    The whole season long
    From trimming the tree
    To singing a song

    G is for Greetings
    A merry "hello"
    With a heart full of love
    For people we know

    H is for Holly
    With berries so red
    To make into wreaths
    To hang overhead

    I is for Ice
    On snow covered hills
    Where sledding is fun
    Along with the spills

    J is for Jesus
    The Christ child so dear
    We honour his birth
    On Christmas each year

    K is for Kris Kringle
    So merrily he stands
    He is who they call Santa
    In so many lands

    L is for Lanterns
    I am sure that their light
    Helped Mary and Joseph
    That first Christmas Night

    M is for Mary
    Her heart full of love
    For her little son Jesus
    Who came from above

    N is for Noel
    The angels did sing
    To herald the birth
    of Jesus, our King

    O is for Ornaments
    So shining and bright
    With lights on the tree
    To sparkle at night

    P is for Packages
    With ribbons so gay
    All 'round the tree
    For our Christmas Day

    Q is for Quiet
    Christmas Eve Night
    With snow covered hills
    Glistening so bright

    R is for Reindeer
    Who pull Santa's sleigh
    To your house, to my house
    They know the way

    S is for Shepherds
    Who first saw the star
    Over Bethlehem's manger
    And followed it far

    T is for Trees
    We decorate so gay
    Then wait for old Santa
    To hurry our way

    U is for Universe
    Where Christmas brings joy
    To all in the world
    To each girl and each boy

    V is for Visiting
    Friends near and far
    We travel by plane
    Or by bus, or by car

    W is for Wise Men
    Who brought gifts so rare
    And knelt down and worshipped
    The child they found there

    X is for Xmas
    Or Christmas by full name
    No matter the language
    It all means the same

    Y is for Yule Logs
    Whose bright sparks fly high
    To give a warm welcome
    To friends passing by

    Z is for Zeal
    We show at this time
    In giving to others
    And loving mankind
    Author Unknown

    Sunday, December 5, 2010

    Teacher Holiday Resources


    Instant Teacher Holiday Resources
    "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin
    Weekly Tips for Teachers
     Issue 543: December 6, 2010
    About Weekly Teacher Tips 
    This newsletter is brought to you by teachnology.com .
    http://www.mrscjacksonsclass.com/  More Teacher Tips-Resources-Teacher Guide-Lessons-Themes

    December 15th is The Bill of Rights Day



    December 15th is The Bill of Rights Day.

    The United States Constitution stands as a model of cooperative political movements and a great benefit to the United States of America and her citizens. By skillfully maneuvering through the dangerous and deep waters of arguments and disagreements the politicians and the statesmen that convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on May 14, 1787 presented to the entire world what cooperation can lead to...Freedom.
    What started out as only two states sending delegates to the state house or otherwise known as Independence Hall in Philadelphia turned into a quorum of seven states on May 25. What the U.S. Constitution did for the United States of America was federally and legally lay down how much power to allow the central government, how many representatives in Congress to allow each state, and how these representatives should be elected--directly by the people or by the state legislators.

    Source: http://www.teach-nology.com/themes/social/consit/  Bill of Rights Day-Dec. 15

    http://www.edhelper.com/DailyThemes_December_15.html  Theme Unit
    http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlresources/units/Byrnes-celebrations/billrigh.html Mini-Unit
    http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/December/billofrightsday.htm History
    http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/score_lessons/special_events/bill_rights_day/ History-Resources
    http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/schoolroom/bill_of_rights_day.php Resources
    http://yedies.blogspot.com/2009/12/december-15th-bill-of-rights-day.html  Bill of Rights Day Blog
    http://mrscjacksonsclass.com/constitutiondayweek.htm  Constitution Day-Week-More Resources

    December 15th is known as “Bill of Rights Day.”  Using resources in the classroom, learn five facts about the Bill of Rights and summarize them in your own words.  In your summary, be sure to include why the Bill of Rights is so important to our way of life.

    Friday, December 3, 2010

    December Multicultural Holidays-Questions

    December holiday season across the world with questions kids have about other countries and cultures. A great multicultural holiday work for students and teachers to enjoy learning about other cultures.


    Why is there Christmas & who celebrates it?

    What Symbols Represent Christmas and Why?

    Why is there Hanukkah & who celebrates it?

    What Symbols Represent Hanukkah & Why

    What is Kwanza & who celebrates it?

    Why is there Diwali & who celebrates it?

    What is Rohatsu & Who celebrates it?

    What is Ramadan & Who celebrates it?

    What is Boxing Day and who celebrates it?

    What is the Winter Solstice & who celebrates it?



    Source at Teach-nology: http://www.teach-nology.com/gold/new/winter/decemberholidays.html December Holidays



    More Resources: http://mrscjacksonsclass.com/worldchristmas.htm World Christmas Theme Unit-Festival

    Saturday, November 27, 2010

    Teaching Tip: Lesson Plan Ideas For December


    Teaching Tip: Lesson Plan Ideas For December
     
    Here are some great ideas for adding the theme of December to your classes. Look at some complete lessons for you.
    1. Create a geographic map displaying where different holidays are celebrated in December.

    2. Have students research the traditional gifts of
    Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

    3. Show students how
    poverty can affect the holidays.

    4. Have students create an
    elf cartoon strip.

    5. Have students
    draw a map of what they think Santa's property looks like.

    6. Have students
    chart Santa's route and chart distance and speed needed.

    7. Engage students in holiday
    math word problems.

    This Week in History
    1782: Britain signs agreement recognizing U.S. independence.
    1877: Thomas Edison demonstrates the hand-cranked phonograph.

    "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
    Henry Brooks Adams


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