Sunday, February 22, 2015

On the Fly

We are moving ahead in social studies this week, focusing on our first president...the one and only George Washington!  I was out two days last week with a SCREAMING case of mountain cedar sinuses, so on Friday when I returned, I was more than discombobulated.  I knew it was in my plans to study George Washington, and I remembered that I wanted to do something different than last year, but in my allergy haze, I hadn't figured out exactly what that "something different" was.

When does a teacher do his or her best thinking???  That's right!  On the fly!  What I came up with wasn't as pretty as this cute little bundle I put together over the weekend, but we didn't get that far in the activity, and I can't wait to introduce the rest of it tomorrow!
 
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Included in the bundle is a reading passage on George Washington, a graphic organizer to chart his traits, and a cute craft to put it all together.  I will post pics of the final product when my kiddos finish up.  They are so artsy, I can't wait to see what they do with this!

I have to admit that I stole some of the idea for this activity from another one that I created a while back - my People Book Craftivity.  The concept is different, but you might recognize the body template in the craft.  Forgive me!  It's been a crrrrrrrrraaaaaaaazzzzzzzzy few weeks for me and the kiddos.  On top of our normal extra-curricular craziness, the girls and I are in a play.  Our church has a wonderfully growing theatre group, and opening night was last night.  We've been in rehearsal for the past two months, spending our nights and weekends singing and dancing and getting super silly!  The show is a revue of classics and crazies, with numbers from Spamalot, Mame, 42nd Street, Oliver, Gypsy, Sister Act, Hair, Miss Saigon, Hairspray, and lots of others.

That's me on the left, getting trashy for a bit of fun on Avenue Q!
I love these characters, including the other 61 people in the cast, the director, the musicians, the techies, and everyone in my theatre family who make this kind of kooky awesomeness possible!  Those who know me also know that I never showed the teeniest bit of interest in theater in my other life.  And then God took me on a roller-coaster of a ride, which included moving me to make an on-the-fly decision to audition for Steel MagnoliasIt's been four years and seven shows, and I will forever be grateful to Him, and these wonderful (and sometimes trashy) people who make my new life so much better.  I mean, seriously...tell me of another Lutheran church family whose pastor is willing to dress in drag so that we can have an Edna for Hairspray???

And I get to share the love!  Two of my students are in the show, too!  One of my little lovelies has been a part of the Zion Theatre Group for ages (her dad is in the picture above - what happens in the theater, stays in the theater).  But we recruited another lovely lady from our class to join us.  ZTG is changing lives, one show at a time!


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