Today was a good day.
First, and foremost, we got a new custodian. He is really friendly and nice. For example, he asked me how long I had been teaching first grade. When I replied, "Fifteen years," he fell over and passed out. He JUST DIDN'T BELIEVE IT. I had to wave
AND THEN . . . we did ART. ART!! It had nothing to do with the fact that both administrators were out today at a conference. Nothing. And it also had nothing to do with the fact that the person left in charge told us to HAVE FUN and BE MERRY. And no one shall know that I changed my schedule all around and maybe, just maybe, cheated on Houghton Mifflin today. Fidelity went out the window (should have shut it but it was too late).
We started learning about Native Americans in Social Studies this week. I LOVE SOCIAL STUDIES!!!! (anybody with me?) Earlier this week, we discussed different types of homes that Native Americans lived in and then we each made a teepee. I didn't take pictures but they turned out well. They weren't fancy . . . not made out of tortillas or other edible items . . . just construction paper. I thought my kiddos understood the whole lesson and the meaning behind it (some Native Americans used teepees because they were easy to move from place to place) but I don't think so. While I was stapling one little boy's teepee, I heard little voices singing the Happy Birthday song. When I turned around, gobs of students had their teepees on their heads. As birthday hats. Yes, happy birthday to yooooooou.
Today, we learned all about how Native Americans got their food. The boys were thrilled about the hunting and the fishing (insert "bows flying through the air" sound effects and a teacher voice saying "
Here are some GREAT samples. I think these kids are new to my school because they actually have some Art Skills. And we don't "Do Art".
Here are some other samples.
Hey, it's not their fault I can't teach art every day, or even every week, and that we don't have Specials. I like them. They're real. And they practically copied my own samples bean for bean!!
I hope this gives you an idea to use if you teach Native Americans. It doesn't come with a freebie. Just go buy a bunch of beans, corn kernels, pumpkin seeds and cut some paper. Oh, and don't forget the brand new bottles of white glue. There. See? The idea is a freebie. :)
Happy Friday to you!!! And especially to me because I am off ALL NEXT WEEK (Monday through Wednesday are Furlough Days). Hooray! I am wearing my teepee hat to celebrate!
PS Who watched Survivor???