Celebrate Presidents Day with math, phonics and music!

Feb 15, 2013
Looking for cool ideas to celebrate Presidents’ Day with your child or students? Here are some neat ideas by Kelly Green featured in Instructor Magazine this month. Coin Sort What Students Learn: Money skills, sorting What You Need: Pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters for each student (play money is fine!) What to Do: Give each student a handful of coins and ask them to identify any they recognize. Call attention to the presidents’ faces on the coins. Hold up a penny. Explain that it’s worth 1 cent and has a picture of Abraham Lincoln on it. Have students find all of the pennies in their piles. Do the same with the nickels, dimes, and quarters. Next, have students sort their coins according to your prompts. For instance, you might tell students to sort the coins into two groups based on color. You could also have students sort coins based on whether they are “heads up” or “tails up.” Finally, have students sort their coins by value: 1 cent, 5 cents, 10 cents, and 25 cents. P Is for President What Students Learn: Letter-sound correspondence What You Need: Chart paper, magazines, scissors, glue, construction paper What to Do: Explain that our country will honor its presidents on February 18. Have students repeat the word presidents and identify the first sound they hear. Make the letter-sound connection that p makes the \p\ sound. Challenge students to name other words that start with p, such as people and presents. Write the words on a piece of chart paper. Then hand out magazines and scissors to each student. Students should cut out pictures of objects that start with a p. To make a collage, glue the pictures onto a piece of construction paper. Then it’s time to show them off! Invite volunteers to share their collages with the class by pointing to each p picture they found. Abe’s Tune What Students Learn: Music, gross motor skills What You Need: Chart paper What to Do: Show an iconic picture of Abraham Lincoln from a book or website. Point to pieces of clothing that Lincoln is wearing, including a hat (called a stovepipe), shirt, vest, tie, coat, trousers (pants), gloves, and shoes. Then write the following song on a piece of chart paper. Hat, trousers, vest and shoes, vest and shoes Hat, trousers, vest and shoes, vest and shoes Tie and coat and shirt and gloves Hat, trousers, vest and shoes, vest and shoes Sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” with your students. Then tell them that they will change the song to sing about Abraham Lincoln’s clothes. Sing the lyrics written on the chart paper once, and then invite students to join in. Once they get the hang of it, start to add the appropriate movements by pointing to each piece of clothing on their bodies. Each time, sing the song a little bit faster to see how quickly you can go For the full list of ideas visit Instructor Magazine online!