My name is Emily McMillen and I am a 2nd grade teacher at Peabody Elementary, a title 1 school in the heart of Memphis, TN.
Peabody Elementary is the International Studies Optional School for Memphis, and with that comes a commitment to a deeper understanding of the world around us and, more specifically, of the nations and cultures of the world. At Peabody each grade is assigned a nation to spend the year studying, learning about, etc -- the 2nd grade's country is France.
While planning out how we're going to incorporate France into our classroom over this next semester we came up with the great idea of having a Mardi Gras "parade" of our own, and spend lots of time immersed in learning all about Mardi Gras traditions, the role that the French played in the creation of this holiday, and more. Therefore, I was wondering if you all would be able to send my kiddos any sort of mardi gras beads, masks, attire, paraphernalia, etc that would help them become more entrenched in this holiday. Also, if you have any suggestions about how to best engage the 2nd graders, know any speakers/entertainers/etc in the Memphis area who would like to visit our classroom and present or share their knowledge of Mardi Gras feel free to spread the word.
Thanks so much for all of your help and support.
Enjoy the day,
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From: Emily McMillen
Date: Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 1:22 PM
Subject: Mardi Gras is March 4 - 2nd Grade Parade/Carnival/Celebration/Etc!
To: Deirdre Jones , IRIS N MYERS , Audrey Farmer , Rachel Drozinski
That's a Tuesday....Mardi gras is an annual celebration called le mardi gras (literally, "fat Tuesday") or le carnaval in French....what if we do a whole 2nd grade something that day? (Here's a good article on the history: http://www.hellokids.com/c_19799/reading-online/stories-for-children/fat-tuesday-stories/mardi-gras)
Maybe each class make a "float" (this can be like our kids wearing masks, creating a body of dragons, etc) and have a mardi gras parade in the afternoon (with the kindergarden/1st graders our spectators?), we can "throw" things at the spectators parade style...get moms/dads/community members/etc involved? We'll have 9 weeks to execute this once the semester gets started, which is totally enough time if we're organized!
We can do stations in the morning where the kiddos make masks (instructions on making masks here), bead necklaces, learn french vocabulary words click here for more information on vocabulary, learn about the French ties to the holiday, eat pancakes or kings cake? (or something?) .... my reading non-fiction articles of the week will be all french themed/incorporate a deeper understanding of the true, historical significance of this holiday...etc
game/activities for our stations: http://www.wartgames.com/themes/holidays/mardigras.html
mardi gras powerpoints and games: http://www.vrml.k12.la.us/holidays/mardigras/mardigras.htm
mardi gras crowns:
Create your own Mardi Gras crown with this free download: a color and cut-out Crown.
mardi gras masks:
Mardi Gras Mask made with a paper plate and popsicle stick. Fun craft for kids! Mardi Grad Mask made out of hand prints
mardi gras necklaces:
Mardi Grass Bead necklace made with colored pasta
other family friendly crafts: http://familycrafts.about.com/od/mardigrasprojects/a/Mardi-Gras-Crafts.htm & https://www.google.com/search?q=mardi+gras+crafts&safe=active&espv=210&es_sm=122&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=19m5UozbJuissQTWpIHABA&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=634#imgdii=_
enchanted learning has tons of mardi gras printables: http://members.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/mardigras/
here's where we can create all of our nonfiction passages: http://www.hellokids.com/r_1097/reading-online/stories-for-children/fat-tuesday-stories & http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/mardi-gras/
history of mardi gras: http://www.history.com/topics/mardi-gras & http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/history.html & http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/kids/history-kids/mardi-gras-kids/
Send me your thoughts!
Have a wonderful holiday,
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