Inauguration Ideas!

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  1. Beezus

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    What are you planning to do in your classroom regarding the inauguration? I confess, I haven't really given it much thought (oops!).:eek:
     
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    I have been thinking about it, since we are going to be finishing up our constitution and bill of rights indicators at that time. I was thinking of having my kids do a "news" article on the preparation for the inauguration. I am going to toss the idea out to my teammates when we go back next week. I want to do SOMETHING! It is too historic this time not to.
    Any other ideas???
     
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    Okay-- these are just ideas that I am formulating:
    *Poetry - discuss poets/poetry that has been read at previous presidential inaugurations. Have the kids write their own poems.
    *Write letters to our new President- detail the goals the kids think the new Pres should have for our country as well as good wishes for new Pres.
    *Design an inauguration pennant- refer to examples from past, kids design one for Obama.

    Anyone have an idea for a book to use for literature tie-in??
     
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    Basically I don't have the time to spend a lot of time on this. I will, though, show the inauguration live. I have a smartboard and will be showing it to all of the 3rd grade classes. We also get Time for Kids and I am sure they will have one of their magazines devoted to it so I can use that also.
     
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    What's the website link that you use to show the inauguration?
     
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    I won't take any time away from my instruction to do this...my ideas above are writing and they also happen to fit with what we are working on. We've been doing proper letter format, and I am starting poetry in January, so both those are actually just extensions with real-world connections.
    The pennant is more of a fun activity, but that can be one of my workstation activities.
     
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    Beezus I love your ideas! Especially writing letters to the president. I am actually taking the day off to watch it at home. We don't have a TV connection.
     
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    Our P order a souvenir package for all students
     
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    Not sure what website I will use. As the day gets closer I will just search for a live streaming site on the computer and then show on my smartboard. I will probably try CNN first.
     
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    I love all of these ideas. Does anyone else have any ideas as it draws nearer? What time is it going to show on television?
     
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    MY son is the US Senate Page from Texas and he won 3 tickets, but I have court and wasn't really excited to go anyway. Diane Feinstein quickly passed legislation to criminalize the sale of these tickets- and he could have sold two of them. We need the cash!
     
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    inauguration ideas

    I will first ask the students to write their own speeches that they would say to the U.S. citizens and to the people of the world; then have the students circle any words in their speeches that Obama used. A brain-storming session on possible words Obama will use may be done before/after students write their own speeches-to show how collaboration plays a big part of these speeches and to emphasize how a president doesn't always write his own speeches.

    I am going to prepare a sheet of patriotic (propaganda type) words that have been used in previous speeches (esp. Lincoln's, FDR's and Kennedy's) and check off the words when/if Obama uses them.

    I am also going to prepare another list of patriotic words found in the Mayflower Compact/Magna Carta/English Bill of Rights/John Locke, Rousseau and any others that come to mind that were used in the formation of our democracy/Declaration of Independence/Preamble to US Constitution/Bill of Rights and do the same thing.

    I am also going to prepare a list of popular phrases associated with the three presidents mentioned above and see if Obama uses any of them.

    I know this is a lot so I might have to modify some/all of it. These are ideas that I wanted to share and hope inspire you to use or create something better....Bob
     
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    Great ideas! Thanks. I'm trying to see what I can come up with.
     
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    inauguration ideas

    Friends,
    As I am a new member here, I could not send my links in today. But I'll send in another idea. Have the children make a BINGO card and write in words they think OBama will use in his speech. You can brainstorm these first or let the children do them in groups or individually. You might want to create a BINGO chart and only allow certain words for each space, B-1. The BINGO card goes like this:
    B1-B15 (only 15 words possible for each column)
    I16-I30
    N31-N45
    G46-G60
    O61-O75
    After you create the master list, the students select the 5 or 4 (free space column-N) words they want to use in each set. The first one or ties to BINGO wins a "Presidential Pass" for the day. You can decide what the pass represents, etc. Do not allow them to erase words or you can have them make a copy of the words they are using before they go home or before the speech begins on TV or before you let them read the speech the next day.

    I hope this is useful... If you want my links, just send me a note putting "Inaugural Bingo" in the subject line so when it comes to my "trash" folder (as you probably won't be in my address book), I can separate it, etc.

    Bob
     
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    That is a really fun idea, Bob.
     
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    Can anyone elaborate on the pennant idea?
     
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    Okay, so this may sound crazy, and I'm sure that I can look it up, but what time will it be on tv? I won't have time to watch the whole entire thing (all of the coverage), but I do want the kids to see the swearing in, etc. Any ideas?
     
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    Scholastic has a contest going on - write letters to Pres. Obama.
     
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    Most swearing in ceremonies of this importance happen about noon, and in this case, 11 a.m. Central Time for me.
     
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    Great idea!! Thanks. I guess I'll need to make up the cards for my first graders but let them brain storm the words. There is a website to make bingo cards. I'll try to find it and post.

    Thanks Bob!
     
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    It's 12:00 Eastern Time so it'll be ll:00 here which is our lunch time. I asked my P yesterday if we could eat our lunch in the classroom that day, maybe even have it delivered so we won't miss anything.
     
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    Scholastic.com has a couple of different activities broken down by grade level. I'm going to incorporate (and modify) them for my classroom.
    Unfortunately, my students will be in lunch during the swearing in, and my school as a whole doesn't plan events around anything like this (nothing for election day either for example). We will do the election activities during our SS period, and I created an Inauguration Ball invitation that students will fill out at the end of the lesson, where they can pick musical guests, speakers, and of course them menu. I thought it would be a fun way to end the lesson, and it helps to show how it is something very important.
     
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    What a fun idea!! Care to elaborate a bit? Or share your invitation??!
    This sounds like so much fun!
     
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    I don't know if this would be something people would be interested in but in the Parade Magazine (in the Sunday paper) there is a letter Obama wrote to his daughters. It talks about what he plans to do for his kids/all kids in the US. It might be something you could read to your students before doing your Inauguration activities :)
     
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    to be honest; I hadn't thought about doing anything...:confused:

    now; what kind of activity would be good for Preschoolers??
     
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    In case it affects you....

    Our tech department (school system of 19 elem. 7 middle, and 4 high) sent an e-mail telling us that they expected high use during the swearing in, and that we may have difficulty using the Internet system for our district.

    They suggested we use television instead.
     
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    Our IT told us the same thing.
    I plan to use my TV (but may try to use my computer--- it would just be so cool to watch on the big screen!)
     
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    The 20th Amendment moves the date of inauguration from March to "noon on the 20th day of January." Under the Constitution, the old president continues to hold full power through 11:59:59, and then power shifts at noon.


    That's why it is noon (eastern time).
     
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    I have a concern about showing it. Too many of my kids were entirely disrespectful during the time leading to the election. It became all about race and age and not at all about the issues. (Wonder where they got their info though.) I'm not going to feed into the mentality that they need to watch it to be there when "their people take over the country." Obama is only half black, but most people don't remember that. I think the kids are identifying him more as a young, black celebrity rather than a politician. If they want to witness an event in the democratic process, then I'm for it. If they just want to cheer for a celebrity then it's not appropriate.
     
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    CNN will be streaming it!
     
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    I'm going to log onto cnn.com and use my projector. I hope we don't have trouble getting it. We don't have cable at school, so the tv won't be possible.
     
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    I can't fnid this anywhere. Link?
     
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    We are doing a lot with it while incorporating other subjects as well... we are watching the inauguration but before hand I am having my kids do a Journey into the Life of our New President. We will use our desks as a plane and travel to different obama related locations, Hawaii to learn about his youth and do math according to his age at different stages (We are working with calendars and such right now). Then we will go to Cambridge where he graduated from Harvard, talk about his education, etc and then to Chicago to learn about his life there (all the while talking about geography - our social studies topic right now). Students will also review the Electoral College and do math related to available votes and how many each candidate got. The kids are also doing an interactive tour of the White House online (we have one-to-one laptops in the room and haven't been on them since we got back from break!) Then, our last stop will be to watch the inauguration.

    Then in the afternoon during our teachers meeting the students are making welcome cards for the obama daughters and we will be sending them to the white house!

    Sorry this is long, hope it makes sense...
     

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