Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sonic's Limeades For Learning

 If you don't know about Sonic's Limeades For Learning program, you should take a few minutes and check it out.  It is a great program that comes around every October.  You write a grant on, then spread the word.  Projects are funded based on votes.  You can get votes by visiting a Sonic and getting a sticker worth 2 points.  You can also get votes by voting daily. Projects with the most votes get funded.  This year I was fortunate enough to get 3 Remo Tubanos!  Thank you Sonic!

Halloween Fun

So, I love getting all of my fun Halloween stuff out.  Some of my favorite activities include listening to the old song Monster Mash and showing them the book that goes along with it.  We also loved reading "The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid Of Anything".  If you haven't read this, it's a great one to read and perform with your students.  We assign an instrument to each of the parts of the scarecrow.  My students love doing this.

As far as technology goes, we used  They have a great interactive game that teaches students about the components of creating an opera.  Choreography, backgrounds, lighting, etc...  It is a great SMART board activity.  It tied in really easily with my student's this year as we had just gone to a ballet performance. :)

On October 30th, we read the book The Aliens Are Coming.  This book was based on the October 30, 1938 radio broadcast based on the book War of the Worlds. I was able to find a copy of the original broadcast. The kids and I had a great discussion on how entertainment has changed and how the lives of our family's have changed. We learned that in the 1930s very few families had televisions.  Most families during this time relied on radios for entertainment and news. We also talked about how it was common during this time during WWII for broadcasts, songs, plays, etc.. to be interrupted by news bulletins.