If you are teaching a lesson about our current president, this will give you some book suggestions and free printables at the end.
President Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States and is a member of the Republican Party. As president, he is the head of the U.S. government. He won the presidential election on November 8, 2016. His inauguration ceremony was January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C., and that is when he assumed office and moved into the White House.
President Trump is married to Melania Trump. She became the First Lady of the United States when he assumed office. The First Lady is what you call the wife of the president.
President Trump was born in 1946 in Queens, New York. He is the oldest person to become president. Melania Trump was born in 1970 in Slovenia which was a part of Yugoslavia. She became a United States citizen in 2006. A citizen is a person who legally belongs to a country. She is the second First Lady to be born in a foreign country.
CHILDREN’S BOOKS ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP AVAILABLE ON AMAZON:
Wordle is a fun website to create what’s called “word clouds.” It’s free, and a great tool for students to use which can reinforce vocabulary words, be used to make graphics for projects, etc. You can check the Wordle Gallery on their website for more examples.
The principal at my school presented it at one of our teacher’s meetings. She had it set up where each teacher voted for their favorite one-word topic from a given list made by the principal on Wordle. All the votes went into the making of the “Wordle.” The words which received more votes automatically were in a larger font. If a word only received one vote then it was displayed in the smallest font. It was a good visual to display which words received more votes and which ones received less votes. You can use your imagination and use Wordle all sorts of ways to make learning fun!
Here is a great resource for teachers and students! Khan Academy, a global classroom for anyone in the world who has access to a computer, has a library of over 3,200 videos online that are free. This provides quality instruction to areas all over the world, no matter where they are located. Incentives for students are also on the cite to motivate them with a game of earning badges and points, “game mechanics” as they refer to it, and they also offer Teacher Resources as well. Here is an example of one topic they cover:
ALGEBRA (many lessons in each of these subtopics):
Rations & Proportions
Exponents and Radicals
It’s easy to see by this listing that there are many lessons from which to choose. Here is a partial list of more topics without subtopics listed:
Arithmetic & Pre-Algebra
Art History (for many different eras)
Banking & Money
Healthcare & Medicine
Khan Academy is a global classroom of students who learn at their own rate and choose what they want to study. Here are reviews and stories of the academy so you can read first hand from teachers and students all over the world.
Constitution Day is required by Federal law (Public Law 108-447) to be celebrated by all publicly funded educational institutions on September 17th, the day that the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. Before this law was enacted in 2004, the holiday was known as “Citizenship Day”. Now, it’s known as “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day” to be exact, and this holiday also recognizes those who have become U.S. citizens.
Here is a great assortment of activities and links to videos, lesson plans, games, words to rap, a slide show, a timeline, and informational sites:
Download a Constitution Day video to make a DVD for your classroom or school assembly (or show online). Video features kids from elementary school through high school. Great video!
Art Activity: For young students, paint large flags using long horizontal stokes that cross midline and use ab pattern for stripes. For students a little older, do the same but count the 50 stars and 13 stripes as well as pattern and write a sentence or sentences (i.e. This is my flag.) using proper punctuation.
Create a constitution for the class listing the class rules, and have all the students, the teacher and any aides sign it.
I am an advocate of teaching phonics to children, so needless to say, I think this is a great video. Add that with the fact that music is an excellent way to teach skills to kids in a fun way, and you have an effective learning tool.
Christopher Columbus and three ships named the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria, are well known and studied by students every year in October in remembrance of Columbus Day. Columbus made four voyages in search of a western route to the Orient and to discover new territories, and it was the first voyage in which the three famous ships sailed the Atlantic. Columbus was not the first European to reach America but was actually second, and he miscalculated the longitude in getting to the Orient. However, he did have beneficial information about the trade winds which greatly helped traveling the Atlantic Ocean, and his travels were the beginning of American colonization.
We visited the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado with our teenage son a few years ago, and he was so impressed with the bridge that a couple of years later he chose it for a school project. It is truly an awesome experience to walk across the lengthy bridge, look across towards the majestic mountains, look down into the immense canyon, and then ride the “world’s steepest incline railway” deep down into the canyon and look up at the tiny strand of a bridge that you have just walked across. Pictures do not do it justice! It is one of those “Wow!” experiences.
I wish I had taken pictures throughout all the steps of this project, but time was a factor and I didn’t. Here are some of the few pictures I did take. I am so glad I took these pictures beforehand because his project disappeared from the classroom and we never got it back. It got thrown out with the trash by the janitor along with 20 other projects. Our son received a high grade on this project so at least the teacher did see it!
A large, very sturdy foam (or wood) sheet to form the base for the project
Large empty cereal boxes to form the brown walls on either side of the canyon
Newspapers to make paper mache slopes and texture for the inside of the canyon
Brown craft paint to cover the paper mache slopes
Brown construction paper to cover the outside portions of the cereal boxes that are not in the canyon (and any part of the cereal boxes showing that are not part of the canyon) OR brown paint. We found it easier and quicker to use brown construction paper.
Popsicle sticks to glue together to make the base for the road part of the bridge
Flat toothpicks to make the bridge slats over the top of the Popsicle sticks
Wooden dowel rods and other small wooden pieces from a craft store
Lightweight craft wire to make the cable wires for the bridge
Silver Sharpie Permanent Marker or silver spray paint (for the wooden pieces)
Heavy duty tape such as duct tape
Newspapers to make paper mache
If you have never visited Royal Gorge, then I suggest watching the Online Video to give you a better idea of what the bridge looks like.
Using duct tape or something similar, tape the cereal boxes in place along the two long edges of the thick foam or wooden base. This forms the canyon.
Make paper mache out of newspapers, glue and water. Use paper mache to make the slopes on the inside of the cereal boxes to make the canyon walls.
Paint the paper mache canyon walls and floor of the canyon with brown craft paint.
Paint the outside of the cereal boxes with brown paint or cover with brown construction paper. (we used construction paper)
Use blue craft paint or blue plastic wrap to form the river at the bottom of the canyon.
Depending on what wooden pieces you find at the craft or hobby store, look at the picture of the bridge and use your creativity to use items from the hobby shop to approximate the dimensions to scale in your model. Color the wood with silver to represent the metal parts of the bridge.
Glue the Popsicle sticks end to end and then lay “slats” made from flat toothpicks (cut in half or thirds) across the sticks to form the part of the bridge that cars drive across. (This is very time consuming and you might come up with a different idea.)
Use the craft wire to form the cables on the bridge.
Royal Gorge Bridge, “Building World Landmarks” Series, by Margaret Yuan. Good for ages 7-14. Describes the techniques and difficulties in building the bridge.
America’s Top 10 Bridges by Edward Ricciuti. Good for ages 7-12. The Royal Gorge Bridge is included in the 10.
National Punctuation Day was founded by Jeff Rubin back in 2004. It brings awareness to this important but sometimes overlooked skill. Knowing how to use correct punctuation is a skill that students need and will use their entire life, but sometimes teaching about it can be a little boring to students. Here are some ideas to help make teaching about punctuation fun:
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The Constitution begins with three famous words, “We the people,” and was signed on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was signed by the Founding Fathers and because of the Constitution, we enjoy many of the rights and freedoms we have today. Here are some interesting facts:
The first national Thanksgiving Day was originally created by George Washington to give thanks for the Constitution.
The U.S. Constitution is the oldest and shortest of all the national constitutions.
Benjamin Franklin was the oldest delegate. He was 81 years old at the time.
When Pearl Harbor was bombed, the Constitution was moved to Fort Knox for safekeeping. Now it is at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
There have been 27 amendments to the Constitution out of the more than 11,000 that have been introduced in Congress.
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Here is an excellent free resource for teachers. This is written to go with exhibits at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, however, it can be modified to use in the classroom without visiting the museum. If you live close enough to Austin, Texas, to take a field trip then I highly recommend this excellent museum.
WordWorld has three new WordWorld mobile applications for Samsung’s new bada platform. They are available in most international countries, however, not in the United States. Hopefully, these apps will extend literacy lessons which are seen on the WordWorld television series by using children-friendly media. These are the new apps available:
Many of you already know about Starfall. For those who don’t, it’s an excellent free site to encourage children to learn to read while having fun. This site is great for children learning their alphabet letters, learning the sounds of letters, and learning how to read words or short stories.
KidsAstonomy.com is a great site for students to use when learning about the planets, moons, asteroids and comets. This site offers free games and free online classes as well. Their “Teacher’s Corner” provides free worksheets and a learning center
“WHICH TYPE OF PAPER IS BEST FOR MAKING RECYCLED PAPER?”
On the left side of the project board is the “Procedure” with drawings underneath illustrating the experiment. (Photos could have been used here.) In the middle of the board is the title, “Purpose,” and “Hypothesis.” On the left side are the “Results” and “Conclusion.”
How does the type of light affect water’s evaporation rate?
I think that (place your own hypothesis here).
(Your materials might be a little different. Use what you have.)
Eleven 9 ounce Solo cups
One Sharpie marker
Fill five cups with an equal amount of water, labeling the cups A-E.
Place cups in different places around the house.
Wait four days and then mark the water level.
Repeat steps 1-3 using five different cups labeled A2-E2. Put cups in the exact same places as the first five cups. Place A2 cup where A had been, etc.
After four more days, weigh each of the ten cups with the water in them, including a control cup with the original amount of water.
Average the two trials for each cup (A & A2, etc.) and calculate the percentages to see how much water evaporated.
(Fill in the blanks with the percentages you got from your calculations.)
Cup A: ____% evaporated
Cup B: ____% evaporated
Cup C: ____% evaporated
Cup D: ____% evaporated
Cup E: ____% evaporated
My hypothesis was supported by my experiment: (Place your own conclusion here.)
Type out the Problem, Hypothesis, and Experiment, etc., and display on left side of board. In the middle section, have the title of the project and photos or sketches of the cups of water and where they were placed. Also, graphs can be made on the computer displaying the results of the experiment. On the right side of the board, display the Results and your Conclusion.
Want to make test time easier for the teacher? Here is a great way with FREE online tests for children’s biographies of U.S. presidents. Students read the easy-to-read biography online and then take the online test. These tests are graded by the computer for free, are also printable, and the grades can be printed out by the teacher. Here are the biographies that have tests available at this time:
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
John F. Kennedy
Teachers will need to log in and register their class so students can take the online tests. Remember there is no cost for anything!
This is a very interesting project! I imagine most people know someone who lived through WWII and have heard stories of what life was like during that period in history. What made this particular project interesting was that the student (actually my son) interviewed several people who lived during this time period. He received first hand information about what life was like and how so many people pulled together for the good of our country, even though they had to ration items and do without some items. Interviewing these people helped make this project come alive for him. We knew someone whose best friend was killed at Pearl Harbor on the USS Arizona. It was such a sad time in history for all those involved!
Another interesting factor was that we had actually been to Pearl Harbor, saw the short movie (which made it seem like we were really there and brought tears to my eyes), went through the museum, and bought memorabilia such as a copy of the newspaper which showed the headline “WAR!”
TIPS FOR THIS PROJECT:
Interview people who lived through WWII and get a first hand account of what it was like.
Get copies of pictures of people who served in the war to add to the project.
Read children’s books about Pearl Harbor. See list below.
CHILDREN’S BOOKS ON PEARL HARBOR:
Pearl Harbor: A Primary Source History by Jacqueline Laks Gorman. Good for ages 8-12.
The Attack on Pearl Harbor (Cornerstones of Freedom Series) by Tom McGowen. Good for ages 9-11.
Attack on Pearl Harbor by Shelley Tanaka. Good for ages 10+.
Air Raid – Pearl Harbor!: The Story of December 7, 1941 by Theodore Taylor. Good for ages 12 and up.
Boyat War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor by Harry Mazer & Triston Elwell. Good for ages 12 and up.
Pearl Harbor: Day of Infamy by Stephanie Fitzgerald. Good for ages 12 and up.
Following the lesson on The Five Senses, students can compare and group objects. Here are some activities:
Make sure students understand “same” and “different.” Have two objects that are exactly the same and one that is different (such as two math books and an English book, or two identical balls and one that is different, etc.) Show the two objects that are the same and talk about how they are alike. Then show two objects that are different and talk about the ways they are different.
Show two flowers that are not completely alike and talk about the ways they are the same (both are pretty, both smell good, both have stems, both have leaves, etc.) and ways they are different (one is shorter, they are different colors, etc.) Talk about how we use our senses of look, smell, and touch when we’re comparing the flowers.
Explain to students there are different ways to compare things. Have a group of objects such as shells that the students can practice comparing and putting into groups such as big shells/little shells and then white shells/colored shells. Other objects that you could use to compare and group would be different sizes and colors of seeds, various rocks, or different sizes and colors of marbles.
Have students compare their pencils. Remind students there are different ways to compare things. Have students with pencils longer than six inches line up on one side of the room. Have students with pencils shorter than six inches line up on the other side. Another comparison would be to have yellow pencils on one side and colored pencils on the other side. Or pencils with erasers on one side and those without erasers on the other.
Large piece of heavy cardboard or plastic foam for the base
Assortment of cardboard boxes to form the levels of the garden
Heavy-duty tape to tape the boxes together
Modeling clay – white
Acrylic paint – blue & green
Piece of plastic greenery that has many small removable pieces on it
Wire cutter to cut the coat hanger
Make the basic shape of the varying levels with the assorment of boxes that you have.
Tape them together securely with heavy-duty tape
Tape the boxes securely to the base
Cover the entire area of the boxes with white modeling clay
Remove many small pieces of greenery from the large piece. Shorten if necessary. Place in rows in the modeling clay while the clay is still soft, securing with a small mound of clay at the base of each piece of greenery (tree).
Paint the green grass in rows.
Paint the blue waterfall, stream, and pond of water.
Cut the coat hanger to make the irrigation line to take water to the top level. Bend the coat hanger two inches from the end at a 90 angle to make the coat hanger not touch the ground. Do this on both ends of the coat hanger. Secure both ends of the coat hanger to the project with a mound of modeling clay.