Here’s a little peak into what my class did for Mother’s Day!
First, we started off with Arlene’s Mother’s Day Traditions Around the World unit. LOVED it!
The kids read a nonfiction article about how different countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day. They located the countries on a map and took notes about what they read. Then they answered comprehension questions and filled out a Venn diagram to compare a country of their choice with the United States. Arlene included a paragraph organizer and also a final draft paper for students to write about the country’s celebrations they like the best. The kids thought this was interesting and I loved how scaffolded the lesson was the entire way. It was perfect for my class!
There are tons more activities included in this pack, but we also did a matching activity with the countries and facts about their Mother’s Day traditions and a fun activity where students learned about famous mothers.
We then made a set of coupons from Arlene’s pack and made origami envelopes to put them in. You can find directions for the envelopes here.
A couple of weeks ago we made pinch pots out of ceramic clay, thanks to a generous Donorschoose project. They got bisque fired and we glazed them last week. I
begged politely asked the art teacher to glaze fire them before Friday. He was so sweet and did! I was so thankful, because I needed them for our last Mother’s Day goody – soap!
I ordered soap from Joanns.com a month ago and it didn’t come in time! Never.ordering.from.them.again! Thankfully, I had a presentation in Maui last week, so I could go to Ben Franklin crafts and pick up a block of clear glycerin soap (like this one from Amazon) and some soap coloring (like this).
I got to work and chopped the soap block into chunks. I then filled a 2 cup Pyrex bowl with them. I put it in the microwave for 1 minute and it came out completely melted.