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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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Leap Year Word Search

February 25, 2012

Y C P A E L M H R O U K M H S K R A H Q X K Q A W O T W A L F O A E K G O P D H T C L F G V G T U S S O W N...
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What would you do with an extra day on Leap Day?

February 24, 2012
What would you do with an extra day on Leap Day?

Leap Day The skies the limit – you have a whole day added to your year.  A whole extra day this year! What would you do with your extra day?  Great to think about. Download this fun journal paper. Who doesn’t love Kermit? Save Tweet
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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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Powerful Segregation Simulation

January 12, 2012
Powerful Segregation Simulation

I’ve done this activity to help my students get a better understanding to intolerance. It is a powerful activity that effects everyone involved. It is based on a similar activity done in 1968, the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was shot. This is a video taken 2 years later of the teacher, called...
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Carving Like the Inuits

December 30, 2011
Carving Like the Inuits

          Carving Like the Inuits Your child can carve snowmen, penguins, igloos or whatever they would like into a bar of soap. You can use those bars of soap from your last hotel stay! Materials: bar of soap plastic knife Steps: Let your child decide on the design. To make...
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