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Gazpacho for Nacho Classroom Activities

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Gazpacho for Nacho Classroom Activities

  Gazpacho for Nacho by Tracey Kyle with illustrations by Carolina Farias is a charming book filled with teachable moments. The name of this tiny muchacho was Nacho and all he would eat was a soup called gazpacho. This pretty well sums up the story: Nacho won’t eat anything else. At last his mother teaches him to make gazpacho (and the recipe is included in the book) and in the last line, he says, “I’m trying new recipes.” This could be a book for picky eaters, but the story really isn’t the point. The illustrations include wonderful giant vegetables and a...

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Thanksgiving Hand Turkey Lesson

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Thanksgiving Hand Turkey Lesson

  Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without a turkey on the table for most families. This gives us a great opportunity to teach our students about turkeys, both domestic and wild, and to have some fun while we’re at it. This activity is great for younger children. Thanksgiving Hand Turkey Art Lesson Objectives Develop fine motor skills Investigate animal facts Build color recognition skills Explore shape, texture, and pattern Distinguish between reality and fiction Lesson steps Read a Thanksgiving themed turkey story with your students. We have plenty of recommendations...

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The Voyage of the Mayflower Lesson Plan

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The Voyage of the Mayflower Lesson Plan

  Learning about the Pilgrims and their journey to America is important to understanding the founding of our country and the history of the United States. The Pilgrims’ voyage on the Mayflower was full of hardships. Today, a replica named the Mayflower II sits in Plymouth Bay, where the Pilgrims eventually landed and settled in Plimoth. Plimoth Plantation is also a great field trip if you’re in the New England area — it’s a great opportunity teach your students first hand what living as a Pilgrim was like. One way to understand the Pilgrims and the trials they...

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Edgar Allen Poe Lesson Plan

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Edgar Allen Poe Lesson Plan

  Edgar Allen Poe was an American author and poet, and a master of the scary tale. Around Halloween, Poe’s stories are a great way to introduce older students to writing techniques like tone, perspective, and setting. Keep in mind that many of Poe’s stories might be too scary for younger children. Poe’s Stories “The Tell Tale Heart” “The Raven” “The Masque of the Red Death” “The Cask of Amontillado” “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” “The Fall of the House of Usher” “The Pit and the...

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The Emperor’s Cool Clothes, by Lee Harper

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The Emperor’s Cool Clothes, by Lee Harper

The Emperor’s Cool Clothes is a cool new take on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes.  In it, a penguin who has always wanted to be cool and his counselors, who are very proud of how cool they are, are taken in by a couple of tricksters. The idea of wanting to be cool may have more immediacy for today’s students than the idea of wanting to be thought wise. Enjoy the book as a read aloud for your younger students, or use it as a lesson starter for older students. Here are some cross-curricular activities for the book: Use a Venn diagram to compare this...

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Los Tres Cabritos, by Eric Kimmel

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Los Tres Cabritos, by Eric Kimmel

Los tres cabritos is Eric Kimmel’s Tex-Mex take on the traditional story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. In this story, Chupacabra, the “goat sucker,” a monster traditionally found in Puerto Rico but also part of folklore in other Hispanic communities, lives under the bridge across the Rio Grande which the three goats want to use to cross into Mexico. Each goat tells Chupacabra to wait for his older brother, as in the Scandinavian tale, but each goat also plays music for Chupacabra to dance to.  The oldest brother, however, can make the monster dance with his music. The...

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