January 2009


More Boston "Tea"cher Party

KISSING HAND (Sandy May, Ayer, MA)
Have the parent trace and cut out their handprint and then glue the hand and a picture of themselves on a piece of paper. They also write a note to the child about having a great school year. Collect all of these and put them in page protectors in a notebook. Save in your classroom library.

Hint! If a parent is deployed (military) ask the other parent for their address and send them a letter asking them to do the handprint and note. Ask the parent to send it to school in care of their child’s name and then add it to your book.

POSITIONAL WORDS (Michelle Chevillet, MA)
Each month choose a different object to hide in the classroom. (For example, a pumpkin in October, turkey in November, elf in December, Snowperson in January, etc.) Let the children name the object. Each day use the “fair sticks” to pick a child’s name. That child gets to find the hidden object and use a complete sentence to tell where the object is hiding. For example: “The pumpkin is hiding behind the bookshelf.”

Note: Fair sticks are craft sticks with each child’s name. Keep these in a cup on your desk and then draw out sticks randomly to answer questions or to do special jobs.

VETERAN’S DAY (Janice Vinci, Haverhill, MA)

Janice taught her class the “Veteran’s Day Song” and then invited an Army Reserve Officer to their school for Veteran’s Day. For the spring concert, they had the officer stand on stage as they sang the song again.

DONORSCHOOSE.ORG (Heather Bartelson, Worcester, MA)
There are two great websites where you can get free donations to your classroom. One is donorschoose.org and the other is adoptaclassroom.com.

When parents bring their kids to school the first day have them stand behind their child as you read THE KISSING HAND. When the story is over they kiss each other’s hands and wave good-bye.

Have children create paper chains using an A B pattern. First, they make it as long as the table. Then they make it as tall as they are (or as tall as the teacher). Put their chains together to measure how long the hall is. You can also have the kids lay next to their chain to see how many “kinders” long the hall is.


Sing this song to the tune of “Ten Little Indians.”

He liked maps and navigation,
The Indies were his destination.
Long before we were a nation
He met natives in this “new land.”

He explored the ocean blue
In the year 1492.
The earth is round – he proved it true.
Columbus was an important man.

In 1620 they crossed the sea.
They brought hopes and dreams, each family
And settled in Plymouth, thankfully
To live in this “new land.”

The Pilgrims worked hard through the seasons.
Many survived and had good reason
To celebrate the harvest with “Thanksgiving,”
And their Native American Friends.

He was a man who believed there could be
Fair laws for all, for you and me.
People shouldn’t be treated differently
For the color of their skin.

He taught it is okay to disagree
To resolve problems peacefully.
Martin Luther King, Jr. helped us to see
That he “…had a dream.”

He was a gentleman farmer, true,
A brave general, our first President, too,
The “Father of Our Country” and we thank you,
George Washington!

As a boy he loved to learn and he grew
To be an honest man, whose words rang true.
Our United States he preserved, and we thank you,
Abraham Lincoln.

This is a day made to remember
Soldiers, sailors, armed service members,
Who have cared for our country and prepared to defend her
And the people of our land.

We honor all they have sacrificed,
Their time, their lives.
We are thankful for those who have lived and died-
For our country they did stand.

Independence we declared,
Our freedom celebrated and hopes were shared
To build a new nation our forefathers dared,
So many years ago!

In the heart of summer days,
Red, white, and blue decorate the way.
Parades and fireworks help us to say,
“Happy 4th of July!”

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