IT'S MARCH 8TH HAPPY MARDI GRAS EVERYBODY!
|Happy Mardi Gras!|
Now I think it is a crazy New Orleans holiday too, but I think it is fun to use it as a cultural springboard to discuss the new term "King Cake" and craft a mask and maybe write a story about a boy or girl who found the little plastic baby inside their own King Cake.
|King Cake....who's gonna find the baby inside?|
In our study of the South, we will mention that Louisiana is where Hurricane Katrina happened in 2006. And how lots of Americans went to help out where they were needed when people had their homes flooded. We will talk about what a hurricane is and compared and contrasted Tornados versus Huricanes in bad weather. Steve Spangler the Science Guy has a cool 2 liter bottle tornado demo. It is on his website. The link is HERE
|Cute story about a Hurricane...|
|Tornado lessons are fun with visual aids....|
http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en/Resources/Item/35975/ This website has a great math powerpoint using terms from Mardi Gras for standard measurement questions. We have computer too so it will be fun to get on there and play it. I like that kids in my class will become exposed to all thestandard units of measurement even though it is not required core anymore.
We will make our own 12 inch "kings feet" to go with the book I read called "How Big is a Foot" about a king who needs to figure out now to measure a new bed for his wife and they use his "feet" as a measurement tool. We then add them together to make 3 feet into a yard. Then we will hang the decorated "feet" and "yards" from strings in the ceiling for our Mardi Gras decorations. The KING'S FEET story kind of goes along with the "King Cake" too. There's a method to my madness....hehe....
|Elementary grade Measurement Lessons are easy with this book....|
|We used these 12 foam "feet" I bought at a Teacher Math Seminar a few years back.....|
|They traced them, used rulers to put 12 inches on each one....|
|We added toes to each one of course.....|
Then we got in groups of 3 and glued our 3 feet to a "yardstick" made from paper strips.
|Here's our "King's Feet" and Yardsticks all hangin around the room....|
|This is a King Cake....ours were invidividual cinnamon rolls from Rhodes Rolls|
frosted and sugared with the baby bear hidden inside..
The student with the baby inside their king cake gets an extra set of Mardi Gras beads. I just used a baby bear pick I had leftover from a baby shower I hosted last year. So funny to see the winner scream when they got the baby!
|Little King Cakes.... This was before I baked them...then we ate them before I took a pic|
Here are our yummy "little" King Cakes. I used Rhodes frozen cinnamon rolls and let them rise. They were perfectly big for all the kids to eat. I hid a little "baby bear" pick inside one of them for the "mardi gras baby". It was a lot of fun. When they were cooled I frosted them with icing and green sugar.
|Mini "KING CAKES" for First Graders..I only had green sugar....mmmmmm!|
|After our daily seatwork the kids did masks instead of centers|
|They turned out very festive looking!|
I did my own mask design but I found a free design from Skiptomylou.org and the link is HERE She did a pretty cute one that is downloadable and printable. Just embellish however you want to for "bling". We used feathers, pom poms, sequins, etc.
|Noisemakers out of paper plates and macaroni stapled to the back of the jester.|
And the "feet" and "yards" hanging all over go right along with our measurement unit we are doing in math.
I think when kids do an art activity and they've read a story about "feet" and "yards" they will have that unit of measurement pretty much in memory. Art, music and stories, are all such good ways to internalize vocabulary you want the students to remember. Happy Mardi Gras!