Summer Holidays Centers: All About Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor DayHey y'all! If your students are anything like mine, they're all excited about summer holidays (a day off of school for them), but they don't really know what the holidays are all about. In years passed, I've been guilty of passing a Memorial Day coloring page to my students the day before the break and counting down till the bell rings. (#guilty, but I know I'm not alone in this!)
But no more! I wanted to my students to know what these holidays are all about, so I set up some stations.
On Monday, we talk about the different holidays and students have a chance to build schema with a whole class read aloud and activity.
Tuesday through Thursday, students go through a series of six stations learning about Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, what the flag means, identifying US symbols, and creating their own flag and fireworks (on paper of course, not real ones!).
Friday, we compare and contrast Memorial Day and Labor Day--the beginning of the summer and the end of it.
Centers are simple but effective and will keep your students engaged during the end of the school year crazies. Complete lesson plans are included as well as a list of books that pair well with the unit. You can find out more about it or grab your own copy here.
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