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Selecting the right supplies for our trip on the Oregon Trail

May 9, 2012
Selecting the right supplies for our trip on the Oregon Trail

  This is the display we set up to help our scholars plan for their trip on the Oregon Trail.  A very creative volunteer made our “hide” supply list.  She even wrote some of the letters backwards to give it an old time feel!  Very funny! Our scholars were grouped into families.  They were...
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Country Line Dancing Through the 80s!

April 20, 2012
Country Line Dancing Through the 80s!

The 80s! What a blast! So what to do?   The logical choice was “Footloose”. The kids loved it!  It didn’t hurt that they just remade the movie so they had heard the music recently.  They think of the music as their own.  You can watch this video for some of the chooses of silly...
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Strolling with Soul Train in the 70s!

April 19, 2012
Strolling with Soul Train in the 70s!

Exploring the 70’s Watch as they “Stroll” to Earth, Wind and Fire on Soul Train. To continue our discovery of dances from the past, our students watched a Soul Train clip to see them do the “Stroll”.  This evolved over the years but my students saw the possibilities when there was a little more...
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The Decades as Studied by my Clever Students!

April 18, 2012
The Decades as Studied by my Clever Students!

  The Social Studies unit – The Decades – that covered the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s! This was the cover of our decades program for our student skits! To help with the research I found videos on the dances of the different decades for my students to have an opportunity to do. It...
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Dancing in the 60s!

April 15, 2012
Dancing in the 60s!

This site has lots of pictures of different dances (some look really goofy!!) throughout the decade but I picked the following video because it was easy for my students to follow and they had fun with it. Video for the pony, twist, locomotion… After our students watched the video then it was time to...
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Hand Jive in the 50s!

April 14, 2012
Hand Jive in the 50s!

Doing the Hand Jive As we explored the decades with our students, we found music that was popular then and one of the dance moves was the hand jive.  Our students picked it up pretty quickly.  It was fun to watch them demonstrate it to others! This video is a nice collection of 30...
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We’re Living History of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s!

April 10, 2012
We’re Living History of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s!

Living history makes real and brings it to life for our young students. It’s fun having an opportunity to dress up like Halloween!  Venee and I had a blast with our students going back in time and exploring events and music from the recent past.  This was our culmination – and it was a...
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Using Kermit to Explain Leap Year to Young Children

February 24, 2012
Using Kermit to Explain Leap Year to Young Children

Frogs are a natural to explain “leaping” forward a day to children. You can incorporate frog games, snacks or coloring sheets to make the day stand out. Playing leap frog with a group would be fun and you can extend it into a math activity.  Measure how far everyone can hop then it can...
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Celebrate Mardi Gras by Making a Mask

January 8, 2012
Celebrate Mardi Gras by Making a Mask

Mardi Gras is traditionally celebrated on the Tuesday prior to the beginning of Lent. Mardi Gras translated means Fat Tuesday. Many people also enjoy the Polish sweet pastry, paczki on Fat Tuesday (in English, the common pronunciation is ponch-kee). Get in the celebration by making masks and downing festive attire. Make a Mardi Gras...
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Marble Mazes!

December 29, 2011
Marble Mazes!

Marble Mazes I have never met a child that their eyes didn’t light up when they were given an opportunity to make anything to their hearts desire. On a day that it’s too cold or too rainy to play outside, watch your child stay busy and happy for hours! Materials: Gather interesting and clean...
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