Betsy Ross and Dr. Seuss

I finally recharged my camera and took some update pictures.  Here's what we've been up to recently and where to find it!

If I were Betsy Ross writing and Craftivity
We read a biography about Betsy Ross and then wrote a non-fiction piece about the information we learned.  We then created our own version of the American Flag as if "We were Betsy Ross".  



World Map
Flat Stanley projects have start pouring in and we created our own versions of the World Map to help understand the concept better.  This is available on Super Teachers Worksheets.

Dr. Seuss
We have read The Lorax, The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back so far this week.  For any iPad/iPhone/iPod users you can download Dr. Seuss e-books (they are about $3.99 a book) and they have music, sounds and are so much fun.  I hook up my iPad to the projector (using an AV cord from Best Buy) for the SmartBoard and we read the book on the SmartBoard.  The apps are made by OmBook and they look like this below.  There is a wide selection on iTunes. 













The Lorax Activities
Story Sequencing with Truffula Trees

If I were the Lorax...writing with mustache pictures!

Our mustache we used to take our pictures with! 

Comparing and Contrasting The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back

All the Dr. Seuss ideas are from a great blog post by Mel D. and are available for FREE by clicking here!

Multicultural Night and a GIVEAWAY WINNER!

Let me start off with the fun stuff first, a winner!!!  Thank you to those sweet ladies who participated in my very first giveaway!  Since there was a total of six that entered, I just couldn't pick between six so all of you get a free item of your choice from my TPT store!  Congratulations Lori, Delighted, Kelly B., Miss Foote, Yearn to Learn and Vanessa!!  All you have to do to claim your prize is check out the items I have in the store and e-mail me at johnston.deana@gmail.com with which one you would like!!  And thanks again for playing, I hope you enjoy your freebies!

Now onto Multicultural Night...we do this at our school.  We usually only do it every other year because it just so much FUN that it takes a whole year to recover from it : )  So, how it works is that each grade level picks a continent, we create some decorations, put up some facts and pull together some kind of activity.  The activity has to be able to be done by Kinders all the way to adults since families come and it's a busy night.  We also hand out passports to each student that comes and when they "travel" around the world we stamp the passport for each place they visited.  Well, the 2nd grade team chose Europe and then each class picked a country.  We have five classes so there will only be five European countries represented.  I know that's probably not the best real-life portrayal of Europe but this is what we felt we could realistically handle.

Soooo....let me get to the point of this post.  I created a coloring booklet to go with the five countries we picked.  Each class is creating a huge flag for their country and when the other kiddos visit they can color their very own copy of each flag.  I know this isn't Earth-shattering or anything but I thought maybe some other school might have to do multicultural night and you could maybe use them. I also created "fact cards" that each class will use to research and work on together to go with our countries flag.  You can click on the pictures below to download them for FREE from google docs. (Oh and I would like to add that all the clipart came from google images and I am not in anyway trying to sell them, I just want to share them! Thanks!)


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Fifty Nifty

We have been crazy busy learning about maps and globes with The Flat Stanley Project 2.0 and I have to say that teaching maps and globes is one of my favorite units!  The envelopes and packets have already been sent home and we are reading Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures #9: The Capital Commotion.  I love reading these books with the project, and this one just happens to be .95 cents from Scholastic book clubs right now. Each student brought in a dollar and have their very own copy.
I don't know if it's just because I love American History or that I grew up so close to Washington, D.C. but I can go on and on about our country's capital.  During this unit I also teach the Fifty Nifty United States song.  I learned this song when I was in 2nd grade and it's still how I can recite all 50 states. : ) My kids LOVE it although, it is a slow learning process. There are several versions on YouTube.  These are the two I use.

This is how we learn the words...


We use this video when we perform the song for the parents.  

We also created Me on the Map dots, I guess this is not the "technical name" but this is what I called them. I found several pictures on Pinterest but here is our version.





In addition to all this we have also been exploring Google Earth which I think it like the COOLEST and I also love the GeoWalk app on the iPad which I hook up to the projector to explore on our Smartboard.  Well, I think that catches you up to what's been going on!  Happy Wednesday!