Sunday Funday

An advantage to living in a major city is the ease of access to a variety of activities. There are always about 5 or 6 events going on each day in San Francisco and the surrounding cities (Berkeley, Oakland).  This morning we woke up, hopped on the bus, and went the de Young Museum.  Set in Golden Gate Park, this fine art museum is housed in a pretty funky looking building. IMG_5567[1]

Once we got into the museum, there was so much to see. It was a serious sensory overload. My eyes were practically rotating out of their sockets looking at all of the pieces. We viewed art from just about every corner of the world (hold your cursor over the pictures to see captions).

The museum also has an observation deck on the 9th floor of the tower. We had a nice 360 degree view of the surrounding areas, however, Karl the Fog was rolling in so our bay view was limited.

There is nothing like getting out an being a tourist in your own city. Often times we get too set in our routines and forget to get out and explore a little. ~ This world is too big to leave unexplored. ~

Fall Craft: Squirrels

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It is a difficult task trying to teach about fall when it is 80 degrees outside :(. Yet fall is one of my favorite times of  year, so I decided to take a different approach this year. I chose to focus on animals and how their actions relate to preparing for winter. Most of my students are city kids, so I decided to start with squirrels rather than deer or bears.

I stumbled upon this cute book Nuts to You by Lois Ehlert.  After reading the story the students made squirrels to put in my “speech tree.”

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How many squirrels can you find?

Here is how to make your own squirrels:

Materials needed: liquid glue (think Elmer’s), construction paper (I used black, dark brown, and white), poster board or cardboard, a pencil, scissors, and feathers.

1. Create a template of  squirrel parts using the pencil and poster board.

2. Cut out your template pieces.

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3. Trace your template pieces onto your desired color of construction paper. You should make 1 head, 1 body, 2 arms , 2 ears, and 2 legs per squirrel. Cut all of your pieces out.

5. On your background paper glue all the pieces together to form your squirrel. Add eyes and a nose to the face.  The feather will serve as the tail.

Additional add ons can include yarn whiskers, an acorn or some seeds, or googly eyes.

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Enjoy!