First The Picture: Pull out a map, globe or atlas and find all of the areas that have snow during some time of the year. Don’t forget the southern hemisphere, their snow may come in different months than ours, but they can still have snow sometimes.
Second The Question: What is your winter weather like? Do you have snow where you live? Does it come often? How long does it stay? How do people deal with it; on streets, in their driveways and for school days? How much do you need to get to call a snow day? What do animals in your area do to prepare for the winter? What do you enjoy doing out in the cold?
Third Next Step: Spend some time outdoors this week. Take a walk or try a fun winter specific activity like: skating, cross country skiing, sledding or build a snow fort. One fun, easy thing to do in the snow is: Paint snow! You can: write a message, decorate a snow creation, build a huge shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day or create a colorful snowman or woman. It is simple..fill a clean spray container with water and add a few drops of food coloring. Make a variety of different colors. Then spray the snow…You no longer need to beware of the YELLOW snow if you create it this way! Have fun, be creative, Enjoy
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First The Photo: What kind of animals are these? List all of the things you know about them: what noises do they make, what do they like to eat, where do they live, what do they have in common with you, what things are different?
Second The Question: Did you know that goats are typically born in sets of 2? An instant sibling, two peas in a pod. Who are your siblings? How old are they? What do you have in common? How do you differ from one another? What things do you like to do together? What is good about having a sibling? What would be good things about being an only child? What would be different if your sibling was a different gender? Or a different age? What do you like about your birth order? What do you wish was different?
Third Next Step: Siblings have a profound impact on the person we become. As a child we often forget about how our parent’s sibling relationships effected the person that they grew to become. Did they have the same fights that we have with our siblings? Talk with your parents and your grandparents about their sibling experiences. Start by drawing a family tree. Include your parent’s siblings(your aunts and uncles) and your grandparent’s siblings( your great aunts and uncles) add in their spouses and their children. Can you also add in birthdates, marriage dates and dates of any deaths. Now you are building your family genealogy. Where do each of your parents and grandparents fit in the birth order of their siblings? How did their upbringing differ if they were the first born, the middle child or the youngest child? Compare your experiences with anyone who shares your same birth order. Do you have some similar personality traits? Do you think it has anything to do with the order of your birth? Ask each person about the memories they have with their siblings. Do they have one sibling that they were closest to? Was that sibling close in age? Where they the same gender? Learn about how their relationships grew and changed as they became adults. How do they view their siblings now? What evolved in their relationships as they grew and started families of their own? This is a fun conversation to video tape. It can be fun to hear family memories and save them on tape to enjoy again later. Your history makes you who you are. Storing those memories creates a treasure trove of family folklore.
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First The Photo: Can you find the origins of each famous site? Each one represents a unique culture in Western Europe. Brainstorm all that you know about each country.
Second The Question: What defines a culture? History, society, location, government, climate, experiences, neighboring cultures, and FOOD! Yes yummy, tasty food! Many cultures have unique foods that they serve for holidays, celebrations, or different times of year. Food helps to define the culture and the people who call it their own. Do you know what your cultural heritage is? Where are your ancestors from? What do you know about the foods that they eat? Does your family make any ethnic foods? Maybe your family enjoys foods from many cultures. As the world becomes smaller, through technology and communication we are able to experience foods from all over the world.
Third Next Step: Start by listing any foods that your eat that come from a unique ethnic group. Do you like: Egg Rolls, Burritos, Crepes, Lefse, Pasta, Reubens, or Scotch Eggs? Can you guess where each of these foods come from? Now pick your favorite food from your list. Don’t have any ideas? Use the web, search for ethnic foods. Or pick your families country of origin and search for foods specifically from that country. An even better idea is to call a relative and ask for a family recipe. Then ask about when it would be traditionally made? Who do they remember making it? What special memories do they have about this food or the person who made it? Once you select your food of choice and have the recipe in hand, pick a cold winter’s day, with nothing to do..and CREATE! What fun! Let the taste testing begin!
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