Oreo American Flag Craftivity
Here's another fun "Oreo Memorial" Day craft that you can do with students. Teach your students about patriotism with this American Flag Craft. The stars are Oreos! You can find step by step directions and templates for all of these activities in my "Oreo Memorial" Day Activities pack here.
US Armed Forces Posters
Use these posters to make a bulletin board display to teach your students about the five branches of the US Armed Forces.
Memorial Day vs. Veterans Day
Did I mention this activity pack covers more than just Memorial Day? It is packed full of activities so that you can spread it out over the year and use some for Veterans Day as well. This activity includes a fact sheet that describes the differences between Memorial Day and Veterans Day and a Venn Diagram where students can record the similarities and differences of the two holidays.
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What better way to teach your students about such an important holiday as Memorial Day, but with something they already love: Oreos! The play on words, "Oreo Memorial" makes it all the more fun! I put together this fun activity pack that includes the following activities (which you can find in my TpT store here). Memorial Day this year is on Monday, May 26, 2014.
Oreo Pops Flower Bouquet
Make this fun Oreo Pops Flower Bouquet to honor those who have served in our military and lost loved ones. You can drop it off at a Veteran's home when you are finished or just enjoy this little treat with your students as you explain the sacrifice that many gave to help protect our freedoms.
"Oreo Memorial" Day Booklet
Students make a fun Oreo-shaped booklet all about Memorial Day where they write a thank you letter to a fallen soldier, decorate an American flag, decorate a float for the Memorial Day parade and decorate a pin to wear to the parade.
"Oreo Memorial" Day Graphs
There are several graph activities included in this activity pack. Two bar graphs are included where students interpret data and answer related questions to assess comprehension. Additional pages ask students to interview classmates on a specific question, make a tally chart and record their findings in a pictograph. Many of the activities are also common core aligned.
US Armed Forces Fact Cards
I put together these fact cards on the five branches of the US Armed Forces that teach students about the names, duties and responsibilities of each branch. They also include important dates and facts along with each branch's motto, colors and march.
My brother-in-law, former member and current trainer of the Marine Corps Special Recon Forces, reviewed this product for accuracy. He loved the activities and especially loved these fact cards! I hope your students will also enjoy these activities as they learn about these important US federal holidays.
Most banks will give out little piggy banks to your students. Some banks even have programs where students can open a savings account and keep track of their savings on-line. PNC bank's, "Grow Up Great" program teamed up with Sesame Street to provide parents of 0-5 year olds a multimedia kit on spending, sharing, and saving. If you can't find a bank that will provide this service for your students you could send home a survey to students to see if any parents work in the financial field and would be willing to come and speak to your class. My husband is a financial analyst so when I was teaching 4th grade he came to my classroom to talk about how he uses math in his job. He made it fun for the kids by bringing in a bag of candy and having them figure out how many pieces each student should get. They had to solve this real-world problem by figuring out how many students were in the class and how many pieces of candy were in the bag (by looking at the serving size and servings per bag).
When I taught in a resource room pull-out program for elementary and middle school students, I had an incentive program where students could earn quarters (I used play money) each day. Each student had his/her own piggy bank and could save their quarters up to buy prizes such as pencils, erasers, books, etc. My older elementary and middle school students had their own checkbooks in which they would deposit their quarters (I was also the bank) and later write a check to me for the item they wanted to purchase. The students really enjoyed this activity and it didn't take up a lot of our class time. We would dedicate the last 5 minutes or so of our class time to distribute the quarter, make deposits, or write checks. My local bank donated the checkbooks and piggy banks and even threw in some small white boards for us to use.
Personal Finance in High School
One of the best personal financing programs for high school students on the market today is Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance. One in four high schools across the US have implemented this program. Many schools have gotten sponsorships from local banks and businesses to purchase the curriculum. It seems like the latest trend is to go to college and finish with loads of student loans and debt that takes years to pay off. What if we taught our students how they could go to college and avoid all that debt? Dave Ramsey explains how in his exciting financial curriculum. If you enjoy reading, Ramsey's "Total Money Makeover" is a must read!
It is vital that we emphasize how to be responsible with our finances. Giving our students the opportunity to be debt free is a gift. Once we emphasize this key point we can then teach about other financial opportunities such as investing. Robert Kiyosaki's "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" is an interesting book that focuses on investing. He also has some fun games for students to learn about investing such as his "Cash Flow" games. And don't forget about the old classics like Monopoly! There is a wonderful free on-line budgeting tool called Mint.com that allows you to track spending and budget. It gives you monthly charts with budget updates and helps you organize and categorize your spending. These are just a few ideas to get you started teaching personal finance to your students. If you have other ideas or resources you'd like to share with educators on this topic feel free to leave a comment below!
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