Archive for November, 2010

December Holidays!

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Do you know all the holidays there are in December? Here is a list of them and what days they fall on this December.

Dec 2 Hanukkah is an 8 day Jewish holiday celebrating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. It is often called the festival of lights. This year the first day of Hanukkah is Dec 2nd, but the celebration begins the night before at sundown.

Dec. 7 –  Islamic New Year – First day of the Islamic New Year

December 25 – Christmas is celebrated by millions of people all over the world. For Christians, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a holiday that is based on traditions; it  is a universal holiday that brings people and families together all over the world

Dec 26 -Kwanzaa is an African American celebration of traditional African values of family, community, commerce and self improvement.

Dec 31 – New Year’s Eve is the last day of the year. It is celebrated around the world with fireworks, parties, and a midnight countdown to bring in the New Year.

What holidays will you celebrate ? How will you celebrate them?

How Native Americans Helped With the First Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

“Class, Jay is going to tell us about how Native Americans helped to make our first Thanksgiving possible, ” said Miss Pat.” As you know,  Jay is a Native American.”

“Thanks Miss Pat,”  said Jay. He began, “The settlers, from Europe, that landed at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts were called Pilgrims. The natives that lived in this area were from tribes of the Wampanoag people who had lived there for 10,000 years before any explorers or settlers came from Europe.

After the Pilgrims built their settlement, they met Squanto, who spoke English. He was a member of the Pawtuxet tribe. He spoke English because he had been captured by explorers and taken to England. He escaped and came back to live with his tribe.

The first winter was very hard on the Pilgrims and many times they were very hungry. Squanto was a big help to the Pilgrims. He taught them to plant corn and other vegetables. He also taught them where to fish and how to hunt beaver and other animals for food.

In 1621, the Pilgrims invited their Native American neighbors to a feast of thanksgiving after they harvested what they had grown with Squanto’s help. That first thanksgiving is why every year we celebrate Thanksgiving Day,” finished Jay.

The class all clapped and Jay smiled and took his seat. Miss Pat asked, “Does anyone have a question for Jay”?  Hector raised his hand and asked, ” What did they eat at the feast”? Jay asked, “Can I talk about that tomorrow? I’m really tired of talking right now.”

Miss Pat smiled and said,” We will have to wait until tomorrow to hear more of Jay’s wonderful story about the first Thanksgiving. Thank you Jay. “

The Skyping Reading Tutor Visits The “Can Do’ Kids in Class

Friday, November 12th, 2010

If your classroom has a computer with Skype software and a whiteboard, Miss Joanne, the Skype Reading Tutor,  can visit your classroom! This is a poem Miss Joanne wrote and read in her daughter’s class. You can see her in the photo with her daughter.

I Can Read a Ton, by: Joanne Kaminski

I can read for pleasure
I can read for fun
I know that when my 20 minutes is up
That I am not done.

There are so many things to learn
and places to explore
I love to learn, I love to learn
It opens up a new door

There are many, many genres
Including fiction and non-fiction
My favorite thing to do
Is to make a prediction

When I get stuck on a word
There are many things to do
I can make a guess, look at the word
or just do a review

I love to read, I love to read
I read just for fun
No more timers, just great books
I can read a ton

To learn more about the Skype Reading Tutor, visit the “Can Do” Parent Teacher Blog

Help Nellie Through the Maze

Monday, November 8th, 2010