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April 29, 2010 Mother's Day is Here! By Eric Antuna

    Happy Mother's Day to all mothers and mothers-to-be! It's here! I can't believe it is already May! Wow how the time flies! Here are some great ideas I have to share with you to give you ideas on what you can do with your students for this special day. If you have any great ideas, please share them below! I'd love to see what you all do for Mother's Day - May 9!

    You can share the celebration of mom with many fun academic activities for students to do after they have finished their testing or as a center activity.

    Acrostic Poetry

    Fabiola Jennifer Atkinson did a great lesson plan for acrostic poems about Mother's Day that you can use in your classroom, you can find her lesson here on Have students create an acrostic poem during writing time.  They can use MOTHER or the real name of their mother. Be mindful of students who may not have a mother and allow them to choose anyone they would like make a card or activity for. Then, have students mount the poem on one side of a full sheet of construction paper. They can fold the paper in half and decorate the front cover of the card. Those of you that have a digital camera may wish to take a photo of each student and have students attach it to the inside of the card so when mom displays the card, she can see her poem as well as her smart student.  

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    Show Their Love With a Flower!

    I love recycling, and love the flower idea from my spring post. Students can construct a flower with a circle and some petals. Have students write their mother's name or just "Mom" or "Mother" in the circle and on each petal they can write a describing word about their mother (or mother figure). Jazz it up on the other side with a baking cup from the store to make it 3-D and perhaps put a photo of the student in the middle of the cup. Add some yarn and mom has an instant charm to hang on the refridgerator or over the fireplace.  

    Write Mom a Lovely Letter

    Have your students practice their friendly letter skills with a nice letter to mom. Have students begin a rough draft of a letter during journal time and revise and edit through the writing process.  If you need tips on the writing process, you can see how I work with my students on writing. Have students polish their letters and write it on nice cardstock or other paper.  Your local dollar store may have some great deals on border or other printed paper. Students can mount that on a fill sheet of construction paper. To make the construction paper more personal, have students color a scene or design with crayons on to white construction paper.  Then, have students paint over the scene with water colors.  Another idea is to have students color a pattern on white construction paper in heavy crayon. After students have their pattern all over their paper, let them paint (with tempera paint) over the entire sheet with black, blue, or purple (dark colors work best and add a squeeze of dish soap to the paint). After it is completely dry give students a paper clip so they can scratch out a design in the frame around where their letter will be mounted. Mom will love the hand-crafted originality.  

    Simple Cards

    Diana Take half sheets of card stock or construction paper and have students make simple cards for mom. Slap on a school photo or (with a little advanced planning) take each student a digitial photo, drop it at a one hour photo and have students create a personable, memorable card.  Students can get creative with popsicle sticks for frames and stickers to make it a card mom will love.

    For those of you in schools that have a highly Mexican-American population, Mother's Day is celebrated on May 10 of every year.

    Do you have ideas to make mom's day special? Please share them below!

    Thanks for reading!

    Happy Mother's Day!



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