Because it was July 4th this week, we spent the holiday morning going over where the holiday originated, and had a mini lesson about the American flag. I just love using the Alice Dalgliesh book The Fourth of July Story for my lesson because it puts it so simply and has simply fabulous illustrations. Once we completed our lesson, we followed it up with a reader that outlines the history of the American flag and how it has changed over the years. It was only natural that I then used some patriotic printables that I had worked on over the weekend.
The first set we used were some simple notebooking pages I created with a generic patriotic theme. I had the boys each give me an illustration showing their favorite thing about 4th of July. Little Britches was asked to write a paragraph about the weekend, while Baby Britches gave me a sentence. Because I designed these notebooking pages to be both in regular and primary lines, I can use the same set for each boy.
The second set I created was a simple patriotic mini-math unit. It follows the line of my Rainforest Creatures Hunt, Tally, and Graph set I designed last year. This set however, includes an additional page for noting the fraction quantities of each character found. I added this for my oldest son who has been having lessons to reinforce fraction work. While the set we used this week was labelled Independence Day, i also included generic Red, White, and Blue labelled pages to be used year round. My boys really like the hunt and graph activities that I have found. It was also good practice for Baby Britches on HOW to graph numbers.
Because I want to share my creations with others, since we don't all have the time to whip something up, I have uploaded them into my TeachersPayTeachers store for you to download! (If you aren't a member yet, it's free to join)
I hope that you are able to use these printables with your own students whether in a classroom or at home. I have a lot more printables in the works right now, including a set of nature study notebooking pages out for testing in a few homeschool families that I hope to release at the end of this month.
Have a fabulous weekend!