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Music

Age

Music Topic

Description

Materials Needed

Sample

K-6

Beethoven, Joplin, Chopin

Discuss the life and importance of the musician.Play a couple familiar piano pieces on electric keyboard. Play a CD of symphonies.

(Contact: L Townley)

 

Handouts available.

 

Art

Age

Art Topic

Description

Materials Needed

Sample

K-2

Tree of Thanks

To make the tree trunk, trace child’s arm and hand onto brown construction paper, and then cut it out. Glue trunk to green construction paper. Using fall colored tissue paper make leaves and attach to tree branches. Have children attach circles amongst the leaves with all the things that they are thankful for.

(Contact: J Larson)

Construction paper + colored tissue paper

Sample available

K-3

Mosaic Art

Discuss mosaic art, its history, and mosaic materials. Create a mosaic picture.

(Contact: M Ruggeberg, K Storm)

Very simple pictures on colored card stock, paper tiles (Oriental Trading), glue stick

Sample + handout available

K-3

Claude Monet -

Impressionism

Discuss impressionism and highlight what Monet’s pictures look like up close vs. far away. Create a Monet water color garden by constructing a tissue paper water lily (use various shades of pink or white tissue paper and green pipe cleaners) and Monet water lily paper (bought at Michaels). On the bottom of the sheet have the children write “My Monet by …..” (Contact: C Conte)

Green pipe cleaners, pink/ white tissue paper cut into circles, Monet water lily paper.

Research book available

K-4

Aboriginal Art

Discuss Australian Aboriginal culture and how Aboriginal art is a major part of the unwritten 'encyclopedia' of being an Aboriginal person. Children design a garden stone using Aboriginal dot painting techniques.

(Contact: M Ruggeberg)

Large stones, acrylic paint, clear lacquer, q-tips, paint brushes (use handle side not brush side), dowels

Sample + handout available

K-6

Georges Seurat – Pointillism

Discuss the life and art of Georges Seurat. Children to experiment with Pointillism and create color cards using paint and cotton swabs/q-tips. Then the children can create a whole picture with colored dots in the style of Seurat. It may help to sketch a picture on white paper and then paint it using dots. (Contact: M Tittman)

Tempera paints, cotton-swabs, white 3x5 cards, white drawing paper

Sample + handout available

3-6

Jackson Pollack

Discuss the life and art of Jackson Pollack. Explain his painting style and show pictures of his work. Show the video of him painting so they learned how to do the “shuffle”, then, paint like Pollack …

(Contact: C Conte)

Banner paper, dripping fluid paint, paint brushes/ sticks/ string, big drop cloth

Research material available

3-6

Michelangelo

Discuss the life, paintings, and sculptures of Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. Have children draw their “Sistine Chapel” picture by taping a sheet of construction paper under the children’s desk. Let them experience what it would be like to draw/ paint like Michelangelo from under their desk.

(Contact: T Cullen, J Donatelli )

Construction paper, makers, colored pencils, tape

 

3-6

Pablo Picasso

Discuss the life and paintings of Pablo Picasso

(Contact: K Storm)

 

Research material available

3-6

Vincent Van Gogh

Discuss the life and paintings of Vincent Van Gogh

(Contact: K Storm)

 

Research material available

3-6

Henri Matisse

Discuss the life and art of Henri Matisse. Have children create Matisse cutout paper collage

(Contact: K Storm)

Construction paper, scissors

Sample + handout + research available

3-6

Vincent van Gogh – “Starry Night”

Discuss the life and art of Vincent van Gogh. Children to create “Starry Night“ picture using paper scraps. Have children glue scraps in the shape of buildings, churches, town along the bottom of a 12x18 piece of black or dark blue construction paper. Next have them paint or chalk in stars and moon in the night sky. The paint or chalk should be in broken lines or circles around each star and moon. Show a picture of van Gogh’s The Starry Night so the children understand what effect will be created with the broken circles. Then add a second ring of dots around the first and so on into the night sky. Make as many rings around the stars and moon as desired until the painting has a feeling like one of Van Gogh’s starry night paintings.

Black, dark blue construction paper, paper scraps, glue scissors, tempera paints or chalk in yellow, white + orange, paintbrushes, colored print of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”

Sample + handout available

3-6

Claude Monet –

Water color garden

Discuss the life and art of Claude Monet and impressionism. Children to create their own water color picture of the outdoors. Have children close their eyes and picture a peaceful scene around their home, a park, etc. Have them imagine the sounds and scents around them as well. Then have each child create their “impression” of that scene in a watercolor painting just as Claude Monet did. They may use scraps of paper to cut out objects they see in their scene (bridge, park bench, chair, birdbath etc). Paint and glue these into the scene after background is painted.

5”x7” heavier watercolor paper, watercolor paints, scraps of paper, scissors, glue

Sample + handout available

3-6

Pablo Picasso and Cubism

Discuss the life and art of Picasso and cubism. Create a “Fractured Friend.” Children will partner up and draw portraits of each other. Then have the children cut apart the picture with scissors into bold medium/large size pieces. Next have them glue the pieces onto another sheet of paper in or out of order, upside down or right side up. They may add other collage items too.

White and colored paper (9x12), colored pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, glue

Sample + handout available

3-6

Paul Gauguin

Discuss the life and art of Paul Gauguin. Create tropical theme murals on heavy duty (hot) white paper cups. Have children outline a tropical scene in pencil (include palm trees, sunsets, water, rocks, flowers etc.) then go over in black pen or fine tip black marker.

Paper towels, paint, brushes, heavy duty hot white paper cups

Sample + handout available

3-6

Mexican Folk Art

Discuss the history of Mexican Folk Art and metal tooling. Children will create tin art (Hojalata) using historical Mexican images.

(Contact: M Ruggeberg)

Aluminum sheets, dull tipped pencils, permanent markers

Sample + handout available

3-6

Celtic Art

Discuss the history of Celtic Art and how it has shown influences from other cultures in the knot-work, spirals, key patterns, lettering, plant forms and human figures. Discuss the Book of Kells one of the most magnificent masterpieces of Celtic Art ever created.

Class project: Have children create a 4’x6’ Celtic cross using knot-work stencils.

Using the precut stencils and only green and black markers draw designs on the cross and its frame (white bulletin board paper). Cut out the cross and its border and mount onto green bulletin board paper. Children can work on pieces of the cross as teams – the 4 borders that frame the cross, the 4 sections of the cross, the center ring within the cross, etc.

(Contact: M Ruggeberg, S Scrivener)

4’x6’ green and white bulletin board paper, green and black markers, pre-cut Celtic designed stencils

Research and handout available

5-6

Futurism

Discuss this artistic and social development movement of the early 20th century. Discuss Futurism artistic theories of Dynamism where objects in the world are not separated but rather in constant motion and Simultaneity – or when two events are happening at the same time in a frame of reference. Have children reproduce the movement of a figure using the method of overlapping sequences and force linesused by the Futurists in their works.

(Contact: M Ruggeberg)

Jointed figures, white paper, colored markers

Sample available

5-6

Japanese art of Notan

Discuss with the children what Notan is and how it is created, show examples from the internet.

(Contact: K Fracasso)

Black + white construction paper, scissors, pencil, glue stick

Sample available

 

Literature

Age

Literature Topic

Description

Materials Needed

Sample

K-2

Celebrate Spring

Identify simple poem about Spring, have children recite it and develop hand and body motions to perform while saying the poem. Children make spring flowers using pipe cleaners and precut .

Spring poems, pipe cleaners, construction paper

 

K-2

Poetry

Discuss the different kinds of poetry. Give each child a packet that includes poems by Jack Prelutsky such as “The Dragons are Singing Tonight”, “A Pizza the Size of the Sun,” etc. and an area for the child to illustrate the poem

(Contact: K Storm)

Poems and light colored card stock

Copies of many poems are available

K-3

Create a book with all children participating as authors and illustrators.

Start off with “circle time” to discuss the many ways people tell stories. Create a framework for a story, with “blanks” that the children fill in without knowing the story. Similar to “Mad Libs”, take turns answering questions such as “name a food,” “name your favorite place,” etc. Plug in the info into the story for some silly results. All the children’s names get incorporated into the story. Then have the children create the artwork. Take home results and “cut and paste” the artwork and answers into the story template. Have children read the story the next day in class.

White paper, crayons, markers

Sample available

K-6

How to be an author

Discuss the steps and stages of writing a short story or novel. Explore how to formulate an idea and bring it through the writing, editing, and publishing stages.

(Contact: K. Brosky)

 

 

 

History

Age

History Topic

Description

Materials Needed

Sample

K-2

American Flag

Hand out info sheet on history of the American Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. Discuss the importance and meaning of each. Have each child make their own flag. Provide an outlined copy of the flag and have them color in flag.

Copies of American Flag, markers or crayons

Sample available

K-2

Martin Luther King Jr.

Discuss MLK Jr. and how he believed that we are all equal regardless of our skin color. Each child receives the poem titled, “Color” and glues it to a white piece of 12x18 piece of construction paper. Create a border of kids holding hands around the poem using kid shaped sponges with assorted skin color paint

12x18 white construction paper, kid shaped sponges, assorted skin color paints

Sample available

K-2

Electing a US President

Discuss requirements needed to be president and Americans right to vote. Read “Duck for President”. Have children vote in a private “voting booth” on what their favorite ice cream is. Tally votes by calling out all votes cast and post winner. Everyone gets an ice cream.

(Contact: M Ruggeberg)

Ballots, voting box

Coloring page of President-ial Seal

K-3

Benjamin Franklin

Discuss the importance of Benjamin Franklin (his birthday is in January) and his contributions to society. In the end do kite and key craft to commemorate his famous invention around electricity. (Contact: K Maddalena/ N DeWitt)

Keys, construction paper, string, dowels

 

K-3

Russia and nesting dolls

Introduce Russia. Show US flag and Russian flag and ask what colors are the same to symbolize that even though we are different cultures, we have things in common. Read either “The Magical Nesting Doll” by Jacqueline Ogborne or The Littlest Matroyska” by Corinne Bliss to introduce nesting dolls. Color nesting dolls and show how to put them together. Color map of Russia. Play Simon says and have children repeat numbers in Russian.

Pre-cut nesting dolls, copy of Russian and US flag and map

Sample available

K-3

India – Role of the Elephant in Indian Culture

Locate India on a map, briefly discuss the land, its people, its emphasis on religion and particularly the role of the elephant in India’s culture. Craft: Have the children create an “Indian Wall Hanging.” Take a 2 ½’ measure of fishing line and tie one end to small dowel. Have children string on precut felt elephants, bells, beads, “felt” fillers, then tie off the end. Add decoration to elephants.

(Contact: M Ruggeberg, N DeWitt)

Pre-cut felt elephants, beads, bells, straws wrapped in colorful felt, fishing string, small dowels

Sample + elephant template + handout available

K-3

Dream Catcher

Discuss the meaning of the Dream Catcher and its importance to the Native Americans. Read “Dream Catcher” by Audrey Osofsky. Children create their own dream catcher using pre-hole punched paper plates, rainbow colored yarn, beads and feathers.

(Contact: D Flannigan)

9” paper plates, rainbow colored yarn, beads, feathers, tape, scissors, hole punch

Sample + handout available

K-3

Chinese New Year

Discuss the Chinese New Year traditions. Discuss the traits of the year in which each child was born based on the Chinese zodiac. Have children open their own fortune cookie to see what their fortune is.

(Contact: C Conte)

Chinese Zodiac

Research book available

K-4

Braille

Read a story about Helen Keller and discuss. Have a large Braille alphabet displayed as well as a smaller one for each child at their desk. Then have each child do their name in Braille using split peas on colored construction paper. For younger children, have them draw the dots for Braille then glue the peas on the dots.

(Contact: K Fracasso, S Scanlon)

1-2 bags of split peas, glue or glue stick, colored construction paper

Sample + handout available

K-4

Irish Step Dancing

Discuss the history of Irish step dancing. Have demonstration of Irish step dancing steps.

(Contact: P Mango)

 

 

K-6

Ice Cream

Discuss the history of ice cream. Have children come up with ideas for new flavors. Have an ice cream party.

(Contact: S Jozefowski)

Ice cream and toppings

 

K-6

Hawaiian Luau

Discuss the history of a Hawaiian luau. Have a Hawaiian luau teaching the children some of the hula steps

(Contact: S Fallon)

 

 

K-6

Chocolate

Discuss the history of chocolate making. Have the children sample chocolate from around the world and vote on their favorites.

(Contact: E Boyle)

 

 

K-6

Olympics

Discuss the history of the Olympics. Have children do Olympic trivia using laptops. Have children participate in a bobsled race using pool noodles cut in half and rolling a marble from noodle to noodle until the marble reaches the finish line.

(Contact: K Fracasso, J Johnson)

Olympic trivia, laptops, pool noodles cut in half lengthwise, marbles.

Sample available

K-6

King Tut and Ancient Egypt

Discuss King Tut, his life in ancient Egypt, discovery of King Tut’s tomb and its contents. Depending on children’s age discuss the “curse” of King Tut’s tomb. Craft: Decorate jeweled collars and cuffs similar to what was worn by royalty during that time

(Contact: M Ruggeberg/ P Mango)

Egyptian collars and cuffs (Oriental Trading), markers, stick on jewels, metallic paper tiles, glue stick

Sample + handout available

K-6

Cold Spring Harbor

Discuss the history of the whaling industry in Cold Spring Harbor and Huntington. End lesson with each child making a scrimshaw

(Contact: Neil and Terri Lilley and CSH Whaling Museum)

 

 

K-6

Mardi Gras

Discuss the meaning and traditions of the Mardi Gras celebrations. Make masks and “King” cakes.

Popsicle sticks, feathers, sequins, masks

Sample + handout available

K-6

Cinco de Mayo

Discuss the meaning and traditions of Cinco de Mayo. K-3 can make paper flowers and then attach them to a wreath. Older children can see how many Mexican terms they know.

Red, green, and white tissue for flowers and a wreath base

Spanish/ English match up sheet

2-6

Fashion in Ancient Egypt

Discuss fashion in ancient Egypt

(Contact: D Varva)

 

 

2-6

Landmarks of NYC

Highlight some of the significant landmarks of NYC and the 5 boroughs and discuss their history

(Contact: G Welch)

 

 

2-4

Native American story telling

Discuss how many Native American stories have been passed down from generation to generation mostly by mouth but also by symbols. Have children create their own story using Native American symbols and attach them to the bottom of a tee pee. Decorate the tee pee to help tell the story captured in the symbols. Have the children share their story

(Contact: M Ruggeberg)

Tee pees (Oriental Trading), feathers, markers

Sample, Native American symbols available

2-5

Totem poles

Discuss the history of totem poles and why Native Americans used them. Discuss how animals were often used in the carvings and their meanings and importance to the Native Americans. Have the children think about their own connection to certain animals. Then have them pick 3-5 animals to create their totem poles. You may provide examples/copies of images used on totem poles for the children to use if they wish. Encourage them to use the construction paper to create 3-D parts off the pole (i.e. wings, beak of a hawk, head of a snake, etc.)

(Contact: K Fracasso)

Paper towel rolls or shipping tubes cut into 12” lengths. Colored construction paper, markers, glue sticks, scissors.

Sample available

3-6

Coat of Arms

Discuss the history of Heraldry, the old visual language that was originally used to identify warriors. Discuss common symbols, color schemes, and shield shapes. Have children create their own Coat of Arms using pre-cut Heraldry stencils on pre-drawn shields.

(Contact: M Ruggeberg, L Caan, K Fracasso, M Tittman)

White 3’ wide banner paper, markers, colored pencils, stencils

Sample, research, + handout available

4-6

How to Become the President of the United States

Discuss the presidential election process from Primaries, Caucuses, National Conventions, and the Electoral College. Have the class vote – popular vote vs. electoral college

(Contact: M Ruggeberg / D Samaritano)

http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/about.html

Lesson available

4-6

Huichol Indians God’s Eye

Discuss the culture and beliefs of the Huichol Indians of Mexico and the significance of “Ojo de Dios” or “Eye of God.” Each child will create their own God’s Eye using craft sticks and colorful yarn.

Craft sticks, scissors, pencils, 1-3 skeins each of yarn in yellow, red and blue. About 4 yards of yarn of each color for each child (maybe less)

Sample + handout available

4-6

Medieval Times

Discuss medieval castles, medieval towns and the roles and social positions of the people in the medieval towns. Have the children break into teams and play Medieval charades

(Contact: M Ruggeberg)

 

Sample + handout available

4-6

Spartans vs. Athenians

Discuss the culture of the Spartans and the Athenians and their conflicts including the Peloponnesian Wars. Have the children break into teams Spartans vs. Athenians. Have each team make a chariot (using Cub Scout Pinewood Derby cars) and then race them. Have each team then build a fortified structure using Styrofoam building blocks and then test it for its ability to withstand “military” attacks and stability.

(Contact: N Lilley)

Cub Scout Pinewood Derby cars, Roman toy soldiers, Styrofoam building blocks, wooden balls

 

5-6

Model U.N.

United Nations: Discuss its purpose, importance to the world, and underlying principles. Set up a model U.N. in the classroom with each student representing a different country. Choose an important world issue and appeal to the U.N. outlining each “country’s” view regarding the issue.

Handouts for each child to review as you discuss

Handouts Available

 

Science

Age

Science Topic

Description

Materials Needed

Sample

K-3

Plants

Discuss life cycle of plant and make small plantings to be brought home as Mother’s Day gifts.

Containers, dirt, seeds

 

K-6

Sunblock

Discuss the importance of using sunblock all year round and especially during the summer. To show the power of the sunlight, get UV beads that change color when they are exposed to sunlight

(Contact: G Welch)

UV beads

 

5-6

CPR & Heimlich

Instruct and demonstrate CPR and the Heimlich and let children practice on dummies

(Contact: M Cavanagh)

CPR dummies

 

 

Religion

Age

Religion Topic

Description

Materials Needed

Sample

K-2

Pocket Shrine

Discuss shrines in our area and how they play a role in our faith. Create a pocket shrine using a folded piece of card stock and a holy picture glued inside. The children then decorate the flaps as they wish.

Card stock to fold in three equal sections, holy pics/prayer cards and crayons

Sample available

K-2

Christmas-Legend of the Poinsettia

Read the picture book, Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie diPaola and discuss it.Show children real poinsettia and let them observe, touch it, etc. Ask if they have seen them before or have them in their house. Create a poinsettia.

(Contact: K Fracasso/ C Vidakovic)

The book, Legend of the Poinsettia, look online for a simple, but cute design for a poinsettia craft.

 

K-2

Legend of the Shamrock and the Mystery of the Holy Trinity

Discuss Saint Patrick, the shamrock, and how it relates to the Holy Trinity

(Contact: G Sama)

Poem on a shamrock printed on green paper and Holy Trinity stickers

Sample available

K-2

Crosses

Create crosses using clay or dough and have children paint them. Bake them after.

Clay or dough, paint, brushes

Sample available

K-2

Mary/Queen Mother Cards for Mother’s Day

Discuss the importance of Mary in our faith and lives, and the role of our own mothers. Make Mother’s Day Cards with the pre-printed prayer “To Our Lady,” on the inside or another prayer of choice. Children can adorn the front of their card with pictures provided of Mary and glue them to a doily.

Scissors, glue, doilies, pics of Mary, construction paper cards pre-printed and folded with a prayer

Sample available

K-6

Cathedral of Notre Dame

Discuss the history of the cathedral, what it meant to have a cathedral built in a medieval town, and its gothic architecture. Discuss the use of the flying buttress, stained glass windows, and gargoyles. Discuss how the Church used the stained glass windows to “teach” the people of the time. Craft: Individual stained glass windows for each child and a class stained glass window about “Notre Dame” (“Mary, Our Lady”), the events of Holy Week, etc.

(Contact: M Ruggeberg)

Individual Craft: Black paper frames, cross, contact paper, cut up colored tissue paper,

Class project: Wooden picture frame, stenciled pictures on clear slides, contact paper, cut up colored tissue paper

Sample + handout+ picture of class project available.

K-6

Saint Joseph and his Feast Day

Discuss the life of St. Joseph and how his feast day is celebrated in the Italian culture.

(Contact: K DeAngelo/ J Shea)

Prayer card of St. Joseph

 

1-6

Stained glass windows

Discuss the history and purpose of stained glass windows in churches. Discuss how they are made. Have each child create their own windows using transparencies cut to 4”x6”. Have children use permanent marker to draw on the “window.” Encourage younger children to do a sketch first and put it under the transparency to trace. Tape a picture matte over window to create a frame. Finally, punch a hole in the frame a give each child a small suction cup with hook attached. It’s ready to hang in the window.

(Contact: K Fracasso)

Colored + permanent markers, transparencies, frame mats, tape, hole punch, suction cup hooks

Sample available

2-6

The Rosary

Discuss the history of the Rosary and how to pray it. Children create their own rosary bead.

String, beads, crosses

Reading literature available

3-6

Writing an Icon

Discuss what an icon is and its collaborative effort between God and the Saint whose icon is being written

Icon print, tracing paper, card stock, markers, colored pencils

Reading literature available

3-6

Celebrating Las Posadas

Discuss the importance and traditions of Las Posadas in the Mexican culture. Discuss how luminaries were used to commemorate Christ’s birth and light the way to Midnight Mass. Each child will create their own luminary by punching holes in a paper bag in a design of choice.

Colored luminary bags, hole punches

Sample + handout available

 

Other

Age

Other Topic

Description

Materials Needed

Sample

K-2

Learn to tie your shoes

Pre-cut large shoe and insert laces. Children decorate their shoe and you teach them how to tie it.

Card stock, and colorful shoe laces

Sample available

K-2

Tanzania

Read “Counting Journey through Tanzania” and teach the children how to count in Swahili

 

Reading literature available

K-2

Galapagos Islands – Nature and Travel

Provide an overview of the Galapagos Islands located in Ecuador. Discuss the history of the Galapagos land iguana. As a craft have the children color in pictures of animals native to Ecuador.

(Contact:A Mantilla)

Crayons, pictures of iguanas, tortoises

Sample + research available

K-2

Mother’s Day Craft

Have children paint and decorate hand-made hat for Mother’s Day gift

Paper plate, paper bowls, paint flowers and ribbon

Sample available

K-2

Chinese New Year

Read “Round is a Mooncake” by Roseanne Thong and talk about what the festival was about, then ate mooncakes as a snack!

(Contact :C Bernich)

 

Lesson available

K-3

October Theme: Pumpkins / Gourds

Fun seasonal lesson. Bring in pumpkin bread, brownies made with canned pumpkin and pumpkin seeds and let kids sample.Show children the difference between a pumpkin and a gourd.For a craft, paint paper mache pumpkins.

(Contact: E Klein)

Pre-made paper mache pumpkins, paint, brushes

Recipes, lesson, class handout available.

K-3

Sock Puppets

Have the children create sock puppets

(Contact: B Wagner)

Socks, buttons, markers yarn

 

K-4

Farming

Discuss the life of a farmer, talk about the planting cycle – from initial planting of seeds until harvest.

(Contact: D Ehrart )

 

 

K-6

Country Line Dancing

Teach the class some of the classic line dance moves

(Contact: S Jozefowski)

Music and room to dance

 

K-6

Time Capsule

Discuss what a time capsule is. Have children fill out an information sheet about themselves and then bury time capsule to be opened at a later date.

Info. Sheet for each child + capsule to store sheets

Sample + handout available

K-6

Pantomime – Marcel Marceau on the Power of Silence

Discuss basic form of dramatic art widely used in operas and ballet. Conclude with class playing charades

(Contact: K Storm)

 

Reading literature + charade ideas available

K-6

Nutcracker Ballet

Perform exerts from the Nutcracker ballet

(Contact: K Marinello)

 

 

1-3

Lighthouses

Talk about lighthouses and ask children if they know what they are for and why they are important to boaters etc. Ask children if they have been to any lighthouses in the area and have them discuss what they observed etc. Then create a lighthouse.

(Contact: J Vizza)

Red plastic cup, small clear plastic cup for top, white duct tape to create stripes on red cup. Black construction paper, small battery operated, flickering tea-light, glue dots, scissors.

Sample available

2-4

Chinese Lanterns and/or scrolls for the New Year

Discuss the history of the Chinese New Year, its symbols, traditions, and the Chinese Calendar. Children to create their own Chinese lantern. Have them think about ways to spend time with their family and write them down on each strip of the lantern. Decorate the lanterns with glitter and markers.

Red, yellow and green construction paper, rulers, scissors, glue, glitter, fortune cookie for each student (optional)

Sample + handout available

2-4

Irish Mythology: King Lir –Children of Lir

Read the Children of Lir with the children. Each child to color their own print of the swans that symbolize the children of King Lir and then frame it.

Myth of Children of Lir, swan prints, colored construction paper for matting, colored pencils, hard colored matting for frame

Sample + myth available

2-6

Nutcracker Ballet

Watch the Nutcracker ballet. Ask trivia questions about the show and the winner of the trivia contest gets a Nutcracker

(Contact: S Abbott)

 

 

2-6

NCAA Basketball Playoffs

Discuss the importance of the NCAA basketball playoffs, set up mock basketball “pool” and track winners as the playoffs progress through March Madness

(Contact: K Maddalena)

Basketball pool chart

Sample available.

2-6

Chinese paper cutting for Chinese New Year

Discuss the Chinese New Year and how paper cuts are a symbol of good luck in the Chinese culture. Use designs of frogs, people, flowers, birds or anything the child wishes. Glue paper cuts on a homemade card or gift.

Colored or metallic construction paper

Sample + handout available

3-6

How to play Chess

(Contact: N Stroub)

 

Rules of Chess

3-6

Ireland – language, music and dance

Discuss the language, music and dance of Ireland. Bring in instruments, Irish step-dance attire, shoes, etc.

 

Handout available

 

 

 

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