Showing posts with label Traditions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Traditions. Show all posts

Thursday, November 24, 2022

This Time With Four Part Harmony and Feeling...

It's Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. And although the pandemic ended my annual tradition of watching the road race in my hometown my tradition of posting and listening to Alice's Restaurant continues. If you'd like to join me in this tradition, here's Arlo Guthrie performing Alice's Restaurant

Happy listening! Happy Thanksgiving!

(Did you notice that this was posted exactly at noon?)

Fun fact! If you search for the song on Wolfram Alpha you will find a chart of Wikipedia traffic for the search term "Alice's Restaurant." So the question/ cultural history lesson for students is "why do people search for that term around Thanksgiving?"

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

My Updated List of Halloween-themed Activities and Resources

Halloween is just a couple of weeks away. My daughters are getting excited to wear their costumes (they're going to be Winnie the Pooh and Tigger). Their excitement reminded me that it's time for me to publish my annual list of Halloween-themed lesson activities and resources. This year's list includes some of my old favorites and some new ones. 

Halloween Reading
ReadWorks offers a collection of Halloween-themed articles for a  K-8 audience and a few for 9-12. The articles covered topics like the history of Halloween, pumpkin farms, and the history of ghost stories. Like all ReadWorks articles, you'll find comprehension questions and vocabulary sets to accompany the articles. A read aloud feature is also available in ReadWorks.

Pumpkin Dice Latte Challenge
The Pumpkin Dice Latte Challenge comes from Justin Cahill at Keeping Kids in Motion. This is a physical education game that is played by rolling dice then completing an exercise like "spooky squats" and "boogedy boogedy burpees." You can get the complete directions for the game and a video demonstration of the game right here on Keeping Kids in Motion.

Jack-o-Lantern Google Slides
Eric Curts recently published a new Google Slides Build a Jack-o-Lantern template. His new template includes an audio storytelling component for students. You can get the template and Eric's complete directions for using the template right here on his blog, Control Alt Achieve

Halloween Science Videos
SciShow Kids has a playlist of videos covering topics that are frequently connected to symbols of Halloween. Those topics are bats, spiders, skeletons, and the changing colors of leaves. In the video about bats students learn how bats use sound to find their way at night, how and why bats hang upside down, and how they rear their offspring. In the video on spiders students learn about the role of spiders in controlling flying insect populations and how spiders create webs. In the video about the human skeleton students can learn about the functions of the skeleton as well as how bones grow and heal over time. Finally, in the video on leaves students learn about the correlation between chlorophyll, sunlight, and leaf color.

Halloween Traditions
PBS Learning Media has a collection of Halloween-themed lessons for elementary school students. One of the those lessons is all about the historical traditions that contributed to the creation of Halloween. The materials for this lesson include a short video, video discussion questions, and a vocabulary sheet. All of the items in PBS Learning Media's Halloween collection can be shared to Google Classroom where you can add questions for students answer after watching the videos.

Halloween Math
Number Chase - Math vs. Zombies is a free iPad game with a Halloween theme. The game is has three virtual worlds each containing ten levels of basic math problems.

Halloween Safety via Kahoot
If you'd like to play some Halloween trivia games or Halloween safety tips review games with your students, Kahoot has hundreds of games on those topics. Here's my video tutorial on how to find and modify Halloween games on Kahoot.

Halloween TED-Ed Lessons
In Why Should You Read Edgar Allan Poe? students can learn about Poe's guiding principles for writing, the recurring themes of his work, and the personal factors in his life that contributed to his writing. Find the complete lesson here or watch the video as embedded below.

If your students are going to do some Halloween-themed writing, TED-Ed has a lesson titled How to Make Your Writing Suspenseful that could be helpful to them. 

Vampires: Folklore, Fantasy, and Fact is a TED-Ed lesson that explores the myth of vampires. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Timeline of the History of the Christmas Tradition

History of the Christmas Tradition is an infographic laid out in a timeline format. The infographic actually has four timelines on it dating as far back as the 4th Century A.D. The four timelines are arranged labeled as culture, traditions, figures, and decorations. I put the infographic into a frame so that it will fit in this post. Visit Balsam Hill the infographic's creator to view the full size graphic.

Applications for Education
History of the Christmas Tradition could be a good discussion and research prompt in a lesson about culture. You could have your students select items from the timeline to research in more depth and share their findings with each other.

H/T to Cool Infographics.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Joining With Local Radio Stations in a Tradition

Many local radio stations play Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant on Thanksgiving. According to the Wikipedia entry the song is based on a true story that took place in 1965. Whether or not that is true is for you to decide by checking the entry.

Here is Arlo Guthrie performing Alice's Restaurant.

Applications for Education
If you teach US History, this video could be the starting point for a conversation about the culture and political climate of the 1960's in the United States.