It turned out SO perfectly that U for USA fell on the Monday of 4th of July week. What a perfect week to review our states and symbols!
I printed out a pledge of allegiance sheet (http://homeschoolcreations.com/files/Pledge_of_Allegiance.pdf) just to be sure they all knew what the exact words were considering we were going to say it LOUD and PROUD today!
After that, we read the Scrambled States of America (Keller)- a rather cute book I highly recommend! I know the kids would too. I placed two other books on the carpet for down time: Celebrate the 50 States (Leedy) and The United States of America-A State by State Guide (Miller). Both of these are great resources as well.
We headed to the big table after for workbooks and there were quite a variety of worksheets in there today!
One by one as they were done, they headed to the carpet to flip through books celebrating our great nation. The two big kids pulled out our Scrambled States game and played it for a bit.
When all were done with work sheets,it was time to begin our activity-USA Bingo! I was so thrilled to find this amazing set (http://deceptivelyeducational.blogspot.com/2011/09/united-states-bingo-game.html) for FREE (seriously, how generous is that!).
I have to say, in all the months preparing the workbooks for school, I still can’t get over how many FREE resources are out there. I know, having created a few sheets myself, the time and effort it takes to make them so next time you come across one you love, please let them know-it goes a long way!
After BINGO, was snack time!! I created a fruit snack for the kiddos celebrating our most cherished symbol, the American flag! I would have made one more row so there were a true number of 50 blueberries but with the number of kiddos we had, I didn’t want anything to go to waste-lol! So 40 states it was 😉
We also enjoyed a yummy and educational snack that a friend of mine from the East Coast, the talented Mrs. Michelle Bushey (www.bouchedesign.com), found. These amazing cookies (they also come in Presidents which would have been phenomenal for Letters G and P Governments and Presidents a few lessons back). They are nut free, wholesome and super yummy! The kiddos had fun trying to find New Mexico, but alas, there wasn’t one for our beloved home state.
States and Capitals by Dick and Jane (http://www.dickandjanebakingco.com/educational-snacks/smart-cookies-states-a-capitals).
Before we began our craft, we learned a bit about Uncle Sam from the “Oh Say Can You See” (Keenan) book.
Then the kiddos worked on various age appropriate Uncle Sam activity worksheets.
Then, it was on to the craft! For this craft, all you need is: a white paper plate, a piece of white cardstock, and blue and red sheets of construction paper. For the beard, I simply printed out this template.
Another craft we did (on the 4th of July) that would tie in beautifully with this theme, are these amazingly cute hand print flag tee’s! Simply grab a plain white tee and some red and blue craft paint. We used the full palm for the stars and thumbprints for he stripes. These were a hit on the 4th!
There’s so many other great ideas out there for crafts AND snacks! What did you guys do for the 4th?