Super-excited to get my weekend started today! Not because of the whole “fall back” time change (although I do love getting that extra hour). Just means it’s dark when I go to work, and now it will be dark when I come home from work – yuck! No, I’m excited because I’m going to see my St. Louis Blues play tomorrow night. Woo-hoo! Let’s go Blues! Yeah, I’ve pretty much got all my 4th graders asking every morning, “Did the Blues win last night, Miss Camden?” #hockeyfansforlife
Celebrating Our Veterans
Another reason to celebrate right about now is Veterans Day is just around the calendar corner. We did a quick mini-research project that I thought I’d share with you in today’s post. We started with some simple online research using two websites I’d bookmarked. I’ve used these websites in the past so I knew they would have the information we would need for our research questions. Speaking of research questions, I created the foldable you see below to resemble a poppy, which is symbolic of veterans. I know it doesn’t look like a flower right now, but trust me on this one…
First we colored the foldable pattern since that’s easier to do before you cut along the perimeter.
Here are our completed poppies – colored red on the petal and black in the center. We researched the questions printed on the flaps and wrote our answers on the under-side.
See? They look like poppies! Yeah, I know, you might have to squint your eyes to really “see” a poppy! Ha! Moving on…I taught the kids a definition and gesture for “veteran” using this Whole Brain Teaching-style power pix.
We wrapped up this lightning-fast project with a thank-you letter to a veteran. Many of my students had someone special in their lives who was a veteran so they personalized their letters. For those students who didn’t, we simply addressed our letters “Dear Veteran.”
These will look so nice on display in our hallway, and it’s most definitely time to take down the work that’s been hanging out there since…well, I don’t want to say (September?). How about I just give you this mini-research project as a freebie? Happy teaching!