President’s Day Activities

It’s almost Presidents’ Day which means it’s time to talk a little bit about the history of the United States.  Traditionally, Presidents Day is celebrated on the third Monday every February, usually between the 15th and 22nd.  It is also known as “Washington’s Birthday” in celebration of the first president, George Washington, born on February 22nd, 1732.  We now celebrate all our presidents on this day.

These President’s Day activities are aligned to Colorado Academic Standards for ages 3-5.

President’s Day Lessons & Activities

Activity # 1 George Washington, ​Our First President

cherry tree craft image

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Objectives: ​LKS 1.1, 1.3, 1.5

Materials: ​Book: A Picture Book of George Washington, tissue paper, construction paper, glue, pencils

Procedure:

1. Read book, A Picture Book of George Washington.

2. Students discuss important facts from the book, write ideas on the board/ draw

pictures

3. Students work at tables. Help students trace their hand and arm with a pencil to make the tree trunk. They cut out the leaves and attach to the trunk. Then add cherry blossoms using pink and white tissue paper (not shown in the picture).

Assessment

1. Did students show interest in the book?

2. Were students able to repeat an important fact from the book?

3. Were students able to relate the craft to the book (George Washington cut down

the cherry tree and was truthful about it)?

Outdoor Structured Activity:​ PD/#3/85 ​Yankee Doodle Tag (Marching tag)

Social Skills Development Activity:​ Using Gentle Hands

 

Activity #2 We Can Vote

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Materials: ​​Book: Duck for President, black fabric, box for ballots, ballots with candidates names and pictures, duck puppet, panda puppet

Objectives: ​1. MKS 2.1

Procedures: 1. ​Read Book:Duck for President.

2. Today we will be having an election to see who willl be president” The candidates

are Mr. Duck and Ms. Panda (pick two puppets) Make up a short description of each candidate, example: Duck: I will make sure we have an extra hour of recess, cookies for snack, and extra art time everyday/ Panda: I will let everyone stay awake at nap time, I will have cupcake parties every week and I will give lolly pops to everyone if I win.

3. Students line up to vote in the dramatic play areas which has been set up as a voting

booth.

4. Once everyone is voted, tally the votes together as a class and decide who is the

winner.

Assessment:

1. Were students able to correctly identify who the winner of the “election” is by

comparing the results of the votes?

Outdoor Structured Activity:​PD/#3/85 ​Bean Bag Toss

Social Skills Development Activity: ​Listening/ Simon Says

 

Activity # 3 (Science Integration) Patriotic Wind Catcher ​

president's day wind catcher image

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Science: All About Wind

Objectives: ​Science and Knowledge Skills 2.1, 2.6

Materials: Book: Feel the Wind, ​strips of red and white tissue paper, blue construction paper, stars punched out of white paper, glue, yarn

Procedure: 1. ​Read Book: Feel the Wind. Review some of the important facts from the book. Students say something they learned from the book.

2. Say, “Today we have been learning about wind. We will make a wind catcher that

helps us see which direction the wind is blowing.”

3.Students work at tables on creating their wind catchers with the materials provided.

4. Students use their wind catchers to see which way the wind is blowing outside.

Assessment:

1. Were students able to describe a fact about wind?

2. Were students able to describe the effect of the wind on their wind catcher?

Social Skills Activity: ​Keeping ourselves and our friends safe

Large Motor Connection Activity: ​Parachute

 

Activity #4 “If I were President” Journaling ­ ​

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Language Arts: Journaling, Early Writing “If I were president, ___________”

Standards: ​Literacy Knowledge & Skills 5.3, 5.4

Objectives: ​Students will use scribbles, shapes, pictures, and letters to represent

objects, stories, experiences, or ideas. Students will copy, trace, or independently write

letters or words

Materials: ​Book: If I Were President, pencils, colored pencils, writing paper with the prompt, “If I were president, ___________” written for students to trace or you can use this: Free Printable President’s Day Writing Template (shown in the image above),

Procedure: ​1. Read book, If I Were President. Review some of the big ideas from

the book with students. Talk about some of the jobs the president is in charge

of doing.

2. Say, ​Today we will be thinking about what we would do if we were the president. Is

there anything you would change? What would you do? Students say something they

would do if they were president. Once they say their idea they can go to the tables and

write, using the writing prompt, “If I were president, __________.”

Assessment: ​Objectives will be met if students are able to write the first and last letter

of the words they are writing, and pictures have at least 3 colors and details.

Outdoor Structured Activity:​PD/#3/85 ​Ball Dump Game

Social Skills Building Activity: ​Belly Breathing

 

Activity # 5 Building President Lincoln’s Log Cabin ­

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​Social Studies: Abraham Lincoln and His Log Cabin, Life in the Olden Days

Objectives: ​Social Studies Knowledge & Skills 3.1, 3.2

Materials: ​Book: My First Biography: Abraham Lincoln, popsicle sticks, crayons or colored pencils, construction paper, glue

Procedure: ​1. ​Read Book,My First Biography: Abraham Lincoln. Review some of the big ideas from the book. Students talk about some of the things Abraham Lincoln accomplished in his life.

2. Show an example of the log cabin craft

3. Students complete their own version of Lincoln’s log cabin at tables

Assessment:

1. Did students talk about at least one thing Abraham Lincoln did in the past as

president?

2. Did students recognize that Abraham Lincoln lives in a log cabin a long time ago?

Large Motor Connection Activity: ​Making A Log Cabin Outside on the House

Structure

Social Skills Building Activity: ​Working As A Team

 

Additional Presidents Day Resources:

http://teachbesideme.com/presidents­day­learning­fun/

http://livingmontessorinow.com/2015/02/11/free­president­songs­rhymes­circle­ti

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Printable President Flash Cards

Presidents and Money ­- Learning about the people on coins and dollar bills

 

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Ice Exploration for PreK and Kindergarten

With icicles, ice rinks, and snow a bound,  what better time to have a little fun with some ice exploration?

Now that there is snow on the ground, ice is everywhere.  The morning before I teach this lesson, I add ice to the sensory table, including icicles and snow if possible.  This give the kids a chance to explore ice without the food coloring or salt, which we will explore later.

Here are my lesson plans:

Lesson Title: Ice Exploration for PreK and Kindergarten.

Grades: PreK-Kindergarten

Subject: Science

Objectives: Students will use senses and tools to gather information, investigate materials, and observe processes and relationships.

Materials: Book: Mice On Ice by Rebecca Emberley, Trays or plastic containers, ice cubes, colored ice cubes (add food coloring to the water before freezing) or blocks of ice (frozen in plastic bowls the night before) – keep frozen outside, salt, food coloring or water colors.

Note: Have ice in the sensory table as a morning activity

Introduction: First, read the book, Mice on Ice.

Ask, “Have you noticed that everything seems to be covered in ice?  Where did all this ice come from?”

Students discuss where they think the ice came from.

Say, “Today we will be exploring ice, and observing ice melting.”

Show students the bin of colored ice. Engage the class in a discussion about ice, what they notice about ice, what it feels like, where have they seen it, have they ever been ice skating? etc.

colored ice

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Engagement Activity: During the lesson, students explore how salt makes the ice melt faster and can see the process easily because the ice is colored. Students work at tables exploring the ice blocks, adding the salt to the ice, noting that the ice melts faster when the salt is put on it.

Assessment:  Objectives will be met when students explore the process of ice melting and make 2 observations about how the ice is melting and what they think is causing the ice to melt.

Resources:

http://happyhooligans.ca/melting-ice-with-salt-and-watercolours/

Colorful Ice and Salt Experiment

Large Motor Connection Activity: Freeze Dance

Another Freeze Dancing Music Video

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All About Animal Tracks

My kids had sooo much fun making animal tracks with toy animals and play-doh, and learning all about animal tracks! Did you know that cat tracks look like those of an animal that walks on two feet?  It is because they step with their front paws in exactly the same place as with their back paws!

Here is my lesson plan,  All About Animal Tracks.

Objectives: Students will identify patterns based on representations of objects in the sky. Vocab: Crescent Moon, Full Moon, New Moon (Colorado PreK Standard: Science and Knowledge Skills 2.4)

Subject: Science

Animal Tracks Activity

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Materials: Book: Big Tracks, Little Tracks: Following Animal Prints by Millicent E Sesam and Marlene Hill Donnellyplastic animals in crates,  play-doh (or clay), pencils,  science journals or paper to record observations

Procedure:  Read Book:  Big Tracks, Little Tracks: Following Animal Prints

Say, “Today we will explore the tracks different animals make.  We will use the animals in the bins to walk on the play dough.  Then we will see how the animal tracks look different from each other.  We can write about our observations in our science journals. “

Students work with the different animals, pressing their feet into the play-doh to create tracks.  They write their observations in their science journal.  You can have them draw a picture of the animal on on side of the paper, and the tracks that animal makes on the other side.  They can try to spell out the name of the animal too.

Assessment:  Objectives will be met when students are able to identify that different animals make different tracks.

Large Motor Connection Activity: Scavenger Hunt – Look for animal tracks outside in the snow and mud.  Go on a walk and look to animal tracks, students guess what kind of animal made the tracks.  

Sources:

ModernParentsMessykids.com – Animal Activities

BookBig Tracks, Little Tracks: Following Animal Prints

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Making Patterns With Vegetables – PreK Lesson

Veggie Prints

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In this activity, students dip pieces of vegetables into paint and stamp onto paper to create patterns. Students will practice making patterns, learn about the vegetables we eat and get a glimpse of how vegetables grow.

Objectives

Students will create patterns through the repetition of a unit (Colorado Standard, Math Knowledge And Skills 4.3)

Materials

Preparation

First tape some chart paper to the tables. I like to completely cover the tables and tape the edges of the paper to the underside of the table to give the kids lots of room to stamp.

Cut the vegetables you will be using as stamps. If you are feeling creative you can carve into the vegetables to make different shapes.  

Now grab your book and gather the children..

Procedure:  

Ask questions such as, “What is a vegetable” (carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers) and “Where are vegetables grown?” (gardens, farms, etc) to assess students prior understanding.

Say, ” Today we will talk about some of the vegetables we eat and make patterns with real vegetables!”

Read the book, The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons

Now pull out the magic vegetable basket Talk about each vegetable as you pull it out. how some of the real cut vegetables and have kids guess talk about what kind of vegetable it is. You can even let students taste some of the raw carrots. Talk about the color of the vegetable and what it looks like. Have students describe the vegetables.

Say, “Today we will use the vegetables to make patterns.”

Model stamping a vegetable to make an AB/ABC/ABCD/ABCB pattern.

Students go to tables and stamp the vegetables in paint and them on the chart paper to create patterns.

Assessment:  The standards will have been met when students are able create a pattern using the vegetable stamps and paint

Large Motor Connection Activity: Vegetable Color Toss Game – Bean Bags  Students pick a colored bean bag.  Then say a vegetable that is the same color.  Then they try to toss the bean bag into a container set out a little ways in front of them.

Sources

Veggie Print Making by Meri Cherry

 

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