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Here you'll find an array of activities for elementary children that can be used in Children's Ministry, after-school programs, in the classroom and by homeschoolers.


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Cool Off

Cool Off is based on chapter 6 of the book, What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner.  This chapter introduces the second anger-dousing method which is to think cool thoughts.  Cool thoughts help cool yourself down so that you can think and solve the problem.  “I can deal with this” and “This isn’t worth getting angry about” are examples of cool thoughts.

This theme has 5 mini-themes:

  • Cool thoughts
  • Staying Cool
  • Ice is Nice
  • Water, Water everywhere
  • Change it Around

Cool Thoughts

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Read What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner Chapter 6
  2. Discuss: Cool thoughts vs. Hot Thoughts – make chart (with situations p. 40-41 and 44)  NOTE:  45 – giving an angry person a cool thought usually makes matters worse.  Instead note that it looks like they are thinking hot thoughts and ask them what cool thoughts they can think of.

Snack & Nutrition

  • Freeze some fruit such as fresh peaches or berries to eat tomorrow.  Wash and dry the fruit.  Lay them on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer.  Optional:  Save some of the fruit to eat fresh now.
  • Make a fruit salad with a mixture of canned, fresh, and frozen fruit or berries.  Pour off the juice from the canned fruit and mix it with a 3 oz. box of instant vanilla pudding.  Mix that and the rest of the fruit and berries together.  Recipe here.

Art & Crafts

  • cooloffpicframeCool thought plaques – using Popsicle sticks make a frame for a cool picture (cut a picture from a magazine of something cool like ice-cream/Popsicle/swimming pool & add eyes and mouth to personify the object OR of a person or two) – add a cool thought bubbles (see page 42-43)
  • Popsicle craft  — Make paper Popsicles.   Decorate them with fruit stickers, glitter sprinkles or paper shapes.  Add real Popsicle sticks.
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Science

  • Cool it down — How many ice-cubes does it take to cool down boiling or hot water?
    • Supplies:  food stick thermometer & a bag of ice-cubes
    • Directions:  Adult — heat 2 cups water to boiling (or another temp., like 100°) then pour water into a bowl;
    • Kid carefully put thermometer end in water and check temperature of water.  Do not touch hot water!
    • Add ice-cubes to bowl one at a time.  Keep an eye on the thermometer.   How many ice cubes does it take to bring boiling water down to 40°?  Can you bring it to 32°?
    • Talk point:  If you’re really hot (angry), might you have to say a cool thought more than once before you start to cool down?

Fun With Words

  • Cool thought chart — add cool thoughts and hot thoughts to the chart which was started during the overview time.
  • Do the activities on pages 40 and 44 of the book

Fitness Play

  • Cool off Challenge — You will need enough ice cubes so every participant has one.  The challenge is to see who can get their ice cube to melt first.  They can either choose to rub it on their arms and legs or hold it in their hands.

Staying Cool

Getting Started — An Overview

  1. Discuss: How many of you thought a cool thought during a hot situation yesterday or today?  We want to make cool thinking a habit.  You can think cool thoughts before you get hot. –
  2. Review cool thought chart made yesterday as suggested on pages 40-43

Snack & Nutrition

  • Make Popsicle to eat tomorrow or (about 6 hours) later:  Pour juice or pop into a Popsicle mold or Dixie cup.  Place a Popsicle handle, popsicle stick, or plastic spoon into it and place it in the freezer to freeze overnight.  For a fun variation, drop in a dollop of sherbet ice-cream before freezing it.  Level up with a gourmet versions using whizzed up fresh or frozen fruit, yogurt and juice as in recipes shown in the video below:

Art & Crafts

  • Water bottle cover — These covers help you identify your water bottle,  make it easy to carry a water bottle, and helps them stay cool.  You can add foam stickers.
    • https://activityarray.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/f4c27-done.jpg?w=126&h=136  See directions by Amanda here
    • Variation:  Instead of sewing the seam or using lacing, use your choice of the fancy duct tape now available.  Duct tape the seam.  Extend the duct tape over the top of the holder in a high arc to make a handle, then tape the other side of the holder, opposite of the seam.  Finish your handle by folding  the edges towards the center of the duct tape so that the sticky part of the duct tape is covered up.
  • Fan craft — Either use a piece of pretty scrapbook paper, a page from a magazine, or decorate a plain white piece of paper.   Next fold the paper like an accordion (see the video below).   You can put several fans together to make it more full.

Engineering and Science

  • Water park — Design and draw a water park.  Features might include a water slide, pool, wave pool, water rides, spray park, large

    marble track

    water guns, and more.

  • Water slide demo — Using a marble track, make a ‘water’ slide.  A marble track uses the same physic principles of a water slide.  How can you keep the marble going?  How do you need to build the slide?  Level up:  If this were a real water slide, people would need to get up to the top.  How will you get them there?  Design a ramp, stairs, or other way and make it using blocks, Lego’s, K’nex or other building system.

Health

  • Heat Exhaustion — If a person is in extreme heat too long without adequate water they can get heat exhaustion.  This is serious!  What can you do to help?  You need to get them cooled off inside and out by getting them to a cool place and giving them water and sports drink to drink and sponging them with water.
    • Role-play:  Person 1 acts as if they are suffering from heat exhaustion (hot, exhausted, feeling faint).  Person 2 comes to their aid with something to drink and then gets wet towels for their forehead and neck.
  • Heat Stroke — If a person had exhaustion, but didn’t cool off they may get a heat stroke.  Signs of a heat stroke are:  a temperature of 104 degrees, low blood pressure, high heart rate, a confused and agitated state of mind.   They need medical attention and to be cooled off quickly!  Immerse them in water and give them water & sports drink to drink.  Fan them and put ice packs on their neck and under their arm pits.

Fun with Words

  • How many words can you write that rhyme with “cool”?   Bonus:  Make a poem using some of the words.
  • Write a story about your experience in a water park, pool, or doing another ‘cooling off’ activity.

Sports Zone/Games/Physical Fitness

  • Water play — Get cool with some water play!  Here are some suggestions:
    • Have a water fight using cups of water, water balloons, hoses, water gun, or whatever you want to allow
    • Run thru some sprinklers
    • Go swimming
    • Slip and slide on either a purchased slip and slide or a long piece of plastic that is covered in water.  Make sure water is running on the plastic so that it stays slippery.

Ice is Nice

resource:  Ice theme activities by Jean Warren:

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Discuss: science investigations –
    1. What kind of questions do scientist ask? –
      • Why?
      • Do all…?
      • What if?
      • What is…?
      • How..?
    2. How do scientists find out the answers? They do an experiment and test their theory.  They have a control and then test 1 variable in each sample.
    3. They write down their questions, experiments, and results These may lead to other experiments.
  2. Introduce ice science experiment.
    1. Note that the activities for the day require ADVANCED PREPARATION:  Freeze colored water for ice painting and Freeze water balloons for ice balloon experiment.  See the activities for detailed instructions

Snack & Nutrition

  • Eat a Popsicle made yesterday

Art & Crafts

  • Ice painting –
    • Preparation:  Fill a Dixie cup (for each desired color) 2/3 full.  Add in a Tablespoon of liquid paint.  Insert a Popsicle sticks or plastic spoon for a handle.  Place in the freezer the day before doing the activity.  NOTE:  Write on the cups:  This is paint.  Do NOT eat!
    • When Ice painting is frozen.  Hold the cup upside down under warm water to warm the edges and make it easier to remove.  Take the ice painting out of the cup and your ready to start painting!
    • Provide paper to paint on and a place to put the ice painting pops when they are not being used.

Engineering and Science

  • Ice balloons
    • Preparation:  Fill water balloons and place them in the freezer.  Freeze a couple days so that they are completely frozen.
    • cool investigations – see activity print out and video by exploratorium
      • Place salt/food coloring on ice.  What happens?
      • Place ice in a container of water.  What does it do?
  • Ice Racing — make a ramp and have ice cube races (idea by Jean Warren) – measure which cube went the furthest

Fun With Words

  • Write out a possible experiment using the questions you came up with from the ice balloon activity
  • Ice is Nice — What rhymes with “ice”?  Make a list.   The person  with the most words (or everyone with x# of words) gets an extra Popsicle.

Fitness Play

  • Ice hockey – place block around the edge of a table.  On opposite ends make goals by putting an arch block in front of the other blocks or by putting blocks on either side of a space in the middle.  2 players play each other, each with a plastic spoon as a hockey stick.  The puck is an ice-cube.  Game plays like air-hockey

Water, water everywhere

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Watch the Water cycle (precipitation, water run-off in streams to ocean; evaporation; condensation in clouds; precipitation).
  1. Where can we find water?  Why do we need water?
  2. Discuss:  the benefit of water to good health: (See more at webmd here)
    1. maintain balance of body fluids to aid digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintain body temperature
    2. helps control calories – when substituted for higher calorie drink
    3. energize muscles
    4. keep skin looking good
    5. help your kidneys cleanse your body
    6. maintain normal bowel function

Snack & Nutrition

  • Hydrate – drink water!
    • Taste Test:  Which do you like better (have the following options available):  cold water (from fridge), water with ice in it, water at room temperature, or hot water.
    • How much water did you drink today?
    • Water Chart:  Draw a picture of a cup with 8 ice cubes or 8 horizontal lines.  Color a cube or a space each time you drink a cup of water.

Art & Crafts

  • Swim craft: choose own ‘swimmer’ to put onto stick: duck, dolphin, child, etc.
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    • Draw a circle and cut it out or use a paper plate.
    • Cover the circle with blue construction paper or you could paint or color it blue.
    • Optional:  add decoration to make the setting — such as:  reeds & lily pads for a pond or diving board & buoy string for a pool.
    • Choose what you want to be the swimmer (duck, frog, child, or whatever you wish).  You could choose to draw your swimmer, cut out a picture you printed from online, trace it from a stencil, or use a sticker.
    • Glue your swimmer to a Popsicle stick.
    • Cut a 1 inch slit in the pool or pond to insert the Popsicle stick in.  Another option would be to cut a longer slit so that you can make your swimmer puppet ‘swim’ from one end of the slit to the other.
  • water paint — paint a water scene using water color paints.  You might paint a picture of a lake, ocean, river, pool, rainy day, or other water scene.

Science

  • Draw a water cycle picture
  • Water Cycle in a jar
    • Put about an inch of water in a glass jar
    • Microwave it for 1 minute
    • Fill a small bowl with ice
    • Place the bowl of ice over the glass jar with hot water
    • Watch what happens.  Do you see….
      • evaporation (you may need to remove the bowl for a bit)
      • condensation in or on the jar or bowl?
      • drops of water falling from the bowl? These are raindrops.
  • Water movement – using a cup of water and clear tubing and gravity, can you make the water go from the full cup to another empty cup without tipping either cup? Try putting the full cup at different heights.  Try putting the one end of the tubing in one cup and the other in the other cup.  Try putting a finger over the end of the tube in the empty cup in a tapping motions – on off on off (this may ‘prime the pump’ so that water flows from one to the other)

Fun With Words

  • Write a story, poem, rap or song about water

Fitness Play

  • Water relay – For each team have a full bucket of water, a cup or sponge, and an empty bucket. The team lines up behind the full bucket.  The empty bucket is placed a good running distance away (20-30 feet).  Each member of the team takes a turn using the cup or sponge to transfer water from the full bucket to the empty bucket.  The team with the most water in their ‘empty’ bucket at the end of the time limit is the winner.

Change it Around

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Review Cool Thoughts and assess how kids did; congratulate goal achievements.  Were you able to change your ‘hot’ thoughts to ‘cool’ thoughts?  Today we are going to experiment with making changes and being change detectives.
  2. Change Game – from iSixSigma —  See more here.
    1. Cross arms as if bored – change arms so that other one is on top
    2. Change your seat – do you feel comfortable sitting in a new place?
    3. Change your looks – get in partners; person A & B look at each other then turn back to back; person A makes 5 (or other #) changes; face each other; person B tries to point out all 5 (or other #) changes; then trade roles. — variation: have 1 person come up for viewing then go to another room and change something about their looks and return to front of room; others guess what they changed

Snack & Nutrition

  • Change it around – finger food must be eaten with a spoon/fork; food usually eaten with a spoon/fork must be eaten with the handle of the spoon or fork

Art & Crafts

  • Milk rainbows – pour milk in a plate with sides so that it just covers the bottom of the plate; drop food coloring (1-3 drops) in the middle of the milk so that each color is separate but close like the four leaves of a clover; dip a Q-tip in the middle of the drops of color; take it out and put a drop of dawn dish soap on the Q-tip and dip it again in the middle of the color drops; watch; dip the Q-tip in various places and watch the results — video at:

Science

  • Magnets – Experiment putting magnets together.  Do they always stick or attract?  Do they ever push each other away or repel?
    • Think about it:  How do we attract others? — repel others?

 

Fun With Words

  • Cool it — change the word BOIL to COOL by changing 1 letter at a time. Each letter change needs to make a word — boil > coil > cool  Option 2  Change the word FIRE to COOL – fire > fore > fort > foot > fool > cool (write clues for each word);

Fitness Play

  • About face!  That is the command given to face the opposite direction when a soldier is standing still at attention.  If the soldier is marching, the command, “to the rear, march”  tells the soldier to turn around and march the opposite way.  Learn marching commands:  left face, right face, about face, forward march, to the rear march


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FIRE!

Fire! Fire!

Large_bonfire“People often say that anger is like fire.  It’s HOT.  It can RAGE out of control.  It BURNS anyone who gets too close.  It’s a good comparison…” (What to Do When Your Temper Flares p. 26)  The purpose of this chapter is to discover what feeds anger and what can extinguish it.  These ideas will be developed further in later chapters.

This theme is divided into 3 mini-themes:

  • Fire! Fire!
  • Explosion
  • Extinguish

Fire!  Fire!

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. what-to-do-when-your-temper-flares-a-kid-s-guide_1Read What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner Chapter 4:  Fire!  Fire!
  2. Discussion points:
    • How anger and fire grow bigger with fuel & hot air;
    • Ways to douse a (real) fire; and
    • Brainstorm ways to douse anger
  3. Discuss: We can use fire for our (and others’) benefit to get us warm or cook food.  Can we respond to the spark of anger within us by helping others?  What if someone is being bullied and you get angry at the bully.  How can you help the person being bullied without becoming a wild beast?

Snack & Nutrition

  • Make it hot – Make a hot salsa:
    1. Simple Hot Salsa from allrecipes.com
      • 1 jalapeno pepper, or more to taste
      • 1 serrano pepper
      • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
      • 1/2 white onion, coarsely chopped
      • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Poke a few holes into the jalapeno and serrano peppers and drop into the boiling water. Reduce heat to medium and boil for 15 minutes. Drain.
  • Cut stems off peppers and place into a food processor with diced tomatoes and their juice, onion, and garlic. Pulse several times to your desired texture. Transfer to a serving bowl and stir in salt. If desired, cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour to blend flavors.
  • Serve with Corn chips

Art & Crafts

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    Fire craft

    Build a fire – Supplies:  cardboard, small rocks, cinnamon sticks, yellow and red tissue paper.  — Directions:

    • Cut out a cardboard circle (a 4 or 5 inch diameter is a nice size)
    • Glue the small rocks around the edge of the cardboard circle using a low temp glue gun or tacky glue.  Talk about the need for a fire ring if you are building a camp fire.
    • Optional:  Glue on coffee grounds.  This makes a nice smell and looks like dirt or ashes.
    • Glue on cinnamon sticks to be the logs.  You could also use small tree sticks, but the cinnamon sticks smell nice.  Crisscross the sticks.  Talk about how you have to crisscross the wood in a real fire to allow space for the air to feed the flame.
    • Cut small squares of red and yellow tissue paper.  You can squeeze the paper together in different ways to make it look like flames.  You can use the colors separately or together.  Put a bit of glue on the bottom of the flame and press your tissue paper flames between the sticks.
    • Enjoy the aroma and ambiance of your fire!

Music

  • Sing: O’Leary took a lantern to the shed… re Chicago fire in Oct. 8, 1871   – burned 2,000 acres and lasted more than 24 hours  Find out more about the story behind the song here from mama Lisa.  The motions for the camp song are here.

 

 

Science

  • What will burn?  The kids won’t be actually burning these things, just sorting them, so they may need some prior experience.
    • Directions: – sort various items into 3 groups:  burns well, burns OK, won’t burn in a simple fire.
    • Items may include such things like: pine cones, fuzz sticks, lint, twigs, big branch, oil, foil, nails, plastic, rock…
    • WARNING:  DO NOT PLAY WITH FIRE!
  • No air, no flame – set a candle in a safe place and light it.  Have a glass jar which you can turn upside down and put over the candle.  The jar must be able to cover the candle with room above the candle for the flame and be able to sit flat on the table so that air will not enter the jar.  How long will the candle burn after the jar is placed over it?
  • What happens when we add a plate of water to this experiment?  Check it out:

Fire Safety

  • Be safe — Have fire safety books from the fire dept. for the kids to do this week
  • A website full of fire safety facts, videos, and games: fire facts.org  or fire safe kids
  • Conduct a fire drill

Fitness Play

  • Fire Drill Game — A leader will give a directive and then everyone needs to do it quickly.  If someone doesn’t do it they are out.  Between directives participants can walk around the room or area.   The leader makes it more difficult by saying the directives in faster succession.
  • Suggested directives:
    • Ah! A Fire  (designated circle such as a hoola-hoop or circle drawn with chalk or rope) — Everyone circle around the designated circle and puts their hands up like warming them by the fire
    • Fire! Fire! Come Quick! — Everyone puts their hands on another person’s shoulder to make a long line like a fire truck and everyone makes a siren sound.
    • Extinguish!  –Everyone pretends to spray out a fire
    • Fire Drill!  Meet!  — Everyone goes to a designated wall, fence, or line.  As soon as their back or feet touch the wall they say “Here!”

 

Explosion

Getting Started:  An Overview:

  1. Review chapter 4 of What to Do When Your Temper Flares.  Do angry thoughts make a person’s anger bigger or smaller?  (They make it bigger)    If anger gets bigger and bigger and its bottled in, there might be an explosion!   Do angry actions like hitting or tearing something make the anger bigger or smaller?  (They make it bigger)
  2. Discuss: What makes an explosion…  Explosive, a substance that will burn up or decompose almost instantly, producing intense heat and a large volume of expanding gas. This rapid change of state is called an explosion. Depending on its nature, an explosive may be detonated (set off, or exploded) by applying heat (such as a flame or spark), by shaking, or by striking. The sharp sound, or report, of an explosion is due to air waves set in motion by the explosion’s force.  (Read more at:  http://science.howstuffworks.com/dictionary/chemistry-terms/explosive-info.htm )
  3. Discuss: Have you ever felt like you are ready to explode?  What makes an emotion explosion?

Snack & Nutrition

  • Color Explosion #1: food coloring is water-soluble & cannot dissolve in oil.  When mixed in oil, it is trapped, eventually sinks in the water, makes contact with the water & dissolves.

Step 1:  Fill a clear jar with water.

Step 2:  In a separate cup, combine 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and a few drops each of red, blue, and yellow liquid food coloring; mix them together with a fork.

Step 3:  Pour the color red oil into the jar of water, and watch as streamers of color descend.

  • Color Explosion #2 using milk, food colors, and a Q-tip with dish soap.

Art & Crafts

  1. Explosive Ivory soap – cut in half and and compare with another type of soap – Ivory is filled with a lot more air – weigh them in the scales…. then:
    1. Put Ivory soap bar in microwave for 1-2 minutes – watch it expand!
    2. Let it cool for a minute and then take it out and touch it
    3. When done, use it for home-made laundry soap or ghost mud (mix crumbled soap with 1 cup of very warm water & an unrolled roll of TP
    4. http://happyhooligans.ca/ivory-soap-explosion/

Science

  • Do these activities outside
  • Plastic bag explosion:
    • Supplies:
      •  ½ cup white vinegar,
      • 1 ½ tablespoons baking soda
      • ¼ cup warm water
      • scissors,
      • plastic bag,
      • paper towel
  1. Draw a square measuring about 5–6 inches on each side onto a paper towel. Ask your child to cut it out.
  2. Measure out the baking soda and help him scoop it into the middle of the towel. Fold the towel inwards on four sides, so you have a little packet of powder. It should look like a sachet, with the powder contained inside.
  3. Mix the vinegar and warm water together, then pour it into the sandwich bag.
  4. Give your child the paper towel packet you’ve just made and tell him to quickly but carefully drop it into the bag, then immediately seal it closed.
  5. Standing in your outdoor area, let your child shake the bag a bit. Then put it on the ground and stand clear!
  • Coke Explosion:
    • Supplies:
      • 2 L bottles of Diet coke and
      • 1 pkg of Mentos (12 mentos)
      • a pipe or tube that mentos can go in and that fits into the opening of the pop bottle
      • and (optional) a wet suit LOL
    • Directions:  put mentos in the tube and place tube in coke bottle.  The explosion is immediate!
  •  This is what NOT to do:

Fun With Words

  • Fire Safety — Have fire safety books from the fire dept. for the kids to do this week.  Check out these resources:

Fitness Play

  • 10-9-8 detonate! Have kids crowd into a tight circle (In a solid, atoms are very close together.  They are a little looser in a liquid) One (or more) child is chosen to be it and count.  At the count.. 10-9-8 detonate! All the other kids run from the circle in all directions (like atoms in an explosion quickly spread out; Atoms in a gas are spread out).  The ‘it’ person leaves last and then tries to catch the others.  When caught, they must return to the circle.
  • Replay the Fire Drill Game — the directions are given above under the mini theme Fire! Fire!

 

Extinguish

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Review chapter 4 and 5
    • Anger Dousing Method #1:  Take a break
    • Did taking a break work for you?
  2. Discuss ways of putting a fire out:
    • We can use:  extinguishers, water, dirt, baking soda, put lid on (stove fires);
    • Fire fighters use: water, foam, a Pulaski, helicopters & water buckets, borate bombers,
    •  Image result for fighting fire   Image result for pulaski firefighter tool  Image result for helicopter water bucket  Image result for borate bomber

Snack & Nutrition

  • Fun fire snack ideas
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Imagine That/Art & Crafts/Drama

  • fireman craftFireman craft
    • Fireman craft for dltk kids
    • Hat: fold on dotted line;  You could give him a black pipe-cleaner hose with tin foil nozzle; maybe make a fire hydrant out of clay

Engineering

  • Build a Lego firetruck using your imagination and creativity.

Science

  • Birthday Blow out – how many ways can you extinguish a birthday candle?
  • Put the Fire Out – use soda & vinegar to make carbon dioxide & put the fire out – see directions at education.com

Fun With Words

  • How many words can you make using the letters that spell EXTINGUISHER
  • Be safe — Have fire safety books from the fire dept. for the kids to do this week

Sports Zone/Games/Physical Fitness

  • Fire Drill Game — A leader will give a directive and then everyone needs to do it quickly.  If someone doesn’t do it they are out.  Between directives participants can walk around the room or area.   The leader makes it more difficult by saying the directives in faster succession.
  • Suggested directives:
    • Ah! A Fire  (designated circle such as a hoola-hoop or circle drawn with chalk or rope) — Everyone circle around the designated circle and puts their hands up like warming them by the fire
    • Fire! Fire! Come Quick! — Everyone puts their hands on another person’s shoulder to make a long line like a fire truck and everyone makes a siren sound.
    • Extinguish!  –Everyone pretends to spray out a fire
    • Fire Drill!  Meet!  — Everyone goes to a designated wall, fence, or line.  As soon as their back or feet touch the wall they say “Here!”

 

Continue this unit by going to the theme, Escape!

Chapter 5 talks about the first method for dousing a fire, which is to Take a Break.


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Perspectives

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Point of view

This week’s theme is all about looking at things from another point of view.  It is based on chapter 2 of “What to do When Your Temper Flares” which is a book about anger management that is a kid’s guide to overcoming problems with anger written by Dawn Huebner, Ph.D.

 

 

I think….

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Read What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner Chapter 2 –
  2. Discuss:  Synonyms of “Angry
  3. Discuss and list:  Things that make me mad
  4. Discuss: “…It was the thoughts about what happened that made you mad, or that helped you fell fine.”  p. 17  How does your perspective or view of the event change how you feel?

Snack & Nutrition

  • Jell-O wigglers – made from hot and cooled – when it was hot, it was liquid and could burn someone, but when cooled, it barely wiggles and is fun to eat;  The point:  keeping a cool head makes life fun

Art & Crafts

  • Calm – draw a picture of what ‘calm’ looks like to you
  • Comic thoughts – draw a comic person or animal thinking irritated thoughts after something frustrating happens and the result AND THEN draw a comic thinking calm thoughts after the frustrating thing and the result of those thoughts.

Engineering and Science

  • Not calm – Dancing Raisins – experiment with raisins in a cup of sprite/7 up OR 1 tsp. baking soda in a ¾ cup vinegar — also experiment with using uncooked pasta, mothballs or other items.  Will it work in plain water?  Why?

Take the Challenge/Read/Write/Homework/Educational Games

  • Seething with Furious Irritation – write synonyms of ‘Anger’ – use different colors and fonts to make a cool poster
  • Annoyed, Resentful, Enraged — What makes you mad?  Write a list and illustrate what makes you mad.

Look at The Word

Sports Zone/Games/Physical Fitness

  • Freeze Dancing — Dance to a tune – fast to fast music & slow to slow music – freeze when music stops.   Music can excite or calm our bodies.

Point of view

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Review chapter 2 of “What to Do When Your Temper Flares”
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    Is there another way to look at what happened?

    Reminder:  It is your thoughts about what happens that make you mad, or that help you feel fine.  Remind yourself that this is not that bad, it could be worse.  Remember, you can handle this.

  3. Follow up: Have you changed some hot thoughts to cool thoughts? Rate yourself:  High five if you maintained control today; 3 up if you did OK; thumb up if you need to call a tow truck to get you out of the ditch.
  4. Discuss: what it means to ‘walk in someone else’s shoes’ and how different people may have different points of view; eagles view, ants view…
  5. Discuss:  How might looking at things from a different point of view change how you might react or respond to a situation?
    1. Person A wants chocolate milk and sees Clifton take the last chocolate milk from the container, . Person B also wants chocolate milk and sees Clifton pouring out the last bit of chocolate milk from the container, but also sees a staff getting more chocolate milk from the refrigerator.
      • Why might person A get angry?
      • What are some explosive thoughts they might have?
      • What are some calm thoughts person A could think?
      • Will person B get angry? Why?
      • What might person B be thinking?
    2. Darcy  is walking down the hall with a big stack of books when all of a sudden a door opens and whacks the books, scattering them all over the floor.
      • What explosive thoughts might Darcy think?  Then what might Darcy do?
      • What calm thoughts might Darcy think?  Then what might Darcy do?
    3. This weekend is Joey’s birthday.  A couple of friends are talking and then when Joey gets close they glance his way and whisper secretively.  There is an awkward silence when he gets to them.
      • What explosive thoughts might Joey be thinking?  Then what might he do?
      • What calm thoughts might Joey be thinking?  Then what might he do?
  6. What was the secret about Anger that we learned on Monday? How can you change your thoughts about what happened?  Will this change your response?

Snack & Nutrition

  • Prep: cut out portion of food pictures so that it might be difficult to guess what the food is.  Have the answers of the food item either on the back of the picture or on 3×5 cards for kids to match with the pictures.  Do:  Have kids guess what the food items are or match the pictures and answers.

Art & Crafts

  • Eagle Eye or Ant Eye — Draw an object as if an ant were viewing it then draw the same object as if an eagle were viewing it
  • Point of View — Choose a simple object to draw and place it on a table.  Look down at it while you are standing up.  Kneel and look at the front of the object.  Kneel and look at the side of the object.  How does the point of view change what you see?   Draw the object from the front, back, and top. How are they different?

Engineering and Science

  • Buddy building – gather building supplies with a buddy so that you each of the same supplies; sit back to back with your buddy; One of you will be the leader and the other will follow the directions the leader gives.  Both the leader and follower will be (trying) to build the same thing.  The leader will build it and give directions to the follower.  The follower may NOT look at the leader’s example, but just follow the directions.  Can the follower build from the leader’s perspective?

Fun With Words

  • Write what happened at 9:00 (or another specified time) today, from your perspective. Do you think everyone’s account will be the same?
  • Read “It Could Have Been Worse”

Math Challenge

Look at The Word

  • What is the secret of being content?  Who gives us strength to withstand good times and bad?  Philippians 4:12-13
  • Changing our thoughts takes a lot of strength.  A heavy weight champion starts small and with his trainer’s help builds his muscles and works hard to be able to lift heavy weights.  We, too have a trainer.  We are not alone.  How can we rejoice, see the positive, and have peace? Philippians 4:4-7

Fitness and Play

 

Perspectives

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Review chapter 2 of “What to Do When Your Temper Flares”
  2. Reminder:  It is your thoughts about what happens that make you mad, or that help you feel fine.  Remind yourself that this is not that bad, it could be worse.  Remember, you can handle this.
  3. Follow up: Have you changed some hot thoughts to cool thoughts? Rate yourself:  High five if you maintained control today; 3 up if you did OK; thumb up if you need to call a tow truck to get you out of the ditch.
  4. Define:  What is perspective?
    1. the method by which solid objects drawn or painted on a flat surface are given the appearance of depth and distance
    2. a particular way of viewing things that depends on one’s experience and personality:
    3. Perspective also means the ability to consider things in relation to one another accurately and fairly
  5. Discuss: from different angles – read story of The Elephant and the Blind Men

Snack & Nutrition

  • Popcorn flavor factory — Pop enough plain popcorn and to fill 4 medium bowls (about 12 cups in each).  You will add a different seasoning to each bowl so that you have one bowl for each flavor and enough popcorn for everyone to taste each flavor.
    1. Salty:  Place 2 Tbsp of butter in a mug and melt it in a microwave.  To bowl #1 add melted butter slowly while stirring.  Sprinkle with salt and stir.
    2. Spicy:  Place 2 Tbsp of butter in a mug.  Add 1/2 tsp of chili powder and 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder.  Melt in microwave, stir and add to bowl #2 slowly while stirring the popcorn.
    3. Sweet:  Place 2 Tbsp of butter in a mug.  Add 2 Tbsp honey and 2 Tbsp maple syrup.  Boil in microwave about 45 seconds.  Pour slowly into bowl #3 while stirring the popcorn.
    4. Plain:  Do not add anything to the popcorn
  • Popcorn perspective –  judging fairly, which snack items taste the sweetest? saltiest? spiciest? are the most crunch?  best tasting?

Art & Crafts

  • Drawing in perspective – Make a long straight road or railroad track that seems to go on and on until it vanishes on the horizon.  See how in the following video.  Also learn how to  draw what’s on either side, in perspective.

 

Engineering and Science

  • Make a structure using Lego.  Can you draw what you made?
  • What does an architect do?

 

Math and Mental Challenges

  • String Art – Draw a large L about 2 inches from the left and bottom sides of your paper (or other angle). Make dots along the L every ½ inch.  Now you have points along the tall vertical line and points along the long horizontal line.  There are several ways you can proceed.  Which ever way you choose your first string or line will run from the top point of the L or vertical line to the  point where both lines meet, which is the first point of the horizontal line.  The second line will run from the 2nd point down on the vertical line to the 2nd point across on the horizontal line.
    • Using a ruler or straight edge to make straight lines, draw lines with colored pencils as directed above or in the following video.
    • Using a small nail or large thumbtack make holes on each dot.  Thread sting on a sharp or dull needle.  Sew thread from point to point as directed above or in the following video.
    • Glue your paper onto a Styrofoam square or a board.  Push thumbtacks or hammer a small finishing nail into the Styrofoam or board where each dot is.  Wrap string or yarn around each thumbtack or nail as directed above or in the following video to make your string art.
    • See directions also at mathcats   You can get patterns at mathcats, too.

Fun With Words

  • Describe the game you played at recess (or another activity) from your perspective.

Sports Zone/Games/Physical Fitness

  • Make an obstacle course and time participants going thru it

Eye to Eye

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Discuss: types of eyes OR eye facts – see handout or these websites:
    1. camera vs. compound eyes:
    2. 10 amazing animal kingdom eyes:
    3. types of eye shapes:
  1. Discuss: seeing eye to eye – agreeing with someone.
    1. Think of your favorite thing to play…. Find someone who agrees with you
  2. Discuss: Things are not always the way they seem, as you’ll find out in today’s activities.

Snack & Nutrition

  • What color foods are good for your eyes?  Orange — such as carrots and sweet potatoes.  What is your favorite way to eat carrots?  Have a taste test.
    • Fresh, crisp, raw carrots plain
    • Fresh, crisp, raw carrots with dressing such as ranch
    • Cooked carrots plain
    • Cooked carrots with butter
  • Make a rainbow of various colorful food or pictures of food 

Art & Crafts

  • Visual Discrimination How good are you at seeing different colors? Let’s find out.
    • Preparation:  Put equal amounts of water into 5 to 10 different containers (paper cups, drinking glasses, yogurt containers all work well). Then put one drop of FOOD COLORING into one of the containers of water. Put two drops of food coloring into the next container, 3 drops of food coloring into the next container and so on. Label the cups with a secret code so you know how many drops of food coloring went into each cup.
    • Activity:  Arrange the colors from lightest to darkest. Keep track of where mistakes are made.
    • Extend Activity:  Does the type of light make a difference in how well the colors can be arranged?  Try the following types of light:
      • Dim vs. bright light
      • Outside (natural) vs. Inside (artificial) light
      • Fluorescent vs. Incandescent light
  • Visual Spin  Is there color in black and white?  Make a Benham disk – print directions and disks  — change a black and white image to a colored image with just a spin

Engineering and Science

  • How does the eye work?
  • Eye challenges:   See more here  14 pages
    1. Aim – Depth Perception Two eyes are better than one, especially when it comes to depth perception. Depth perception is the ability to judge objects that are nearer or farther than others. To demonstrate the difference of using one vs. two eye to judge depth. Hold a pencil in each hand with your arms fully extended and far apart from each other.  With one eye closed, try to touch the end of the pencils together. Now try with two eyes: it should be much easier. This is because each eye looks at the image from a different angle. This experiment can also be done with your fingers, but pencils make the effect a bit more dramatic.
    2. Drop It! Depth Perception  Here’s another demonstration of the importance of two eyes in judging depth. Collect a set of pennies (or buttons or paper clips). Sit at a table with your subject. Put a cup in front of your subject. The cup should be about two feet away from the subject. Have your subject CLOSE one eye. Hold a penny in the air about 1.5 ft. above the table. Move the penny around slowly. Ask your subject to say “Drop it!” when he or she thinks the penny will drop into the cup if you released it. When the subject says “Drop it,” drop the penny and see if it makes it into the cup. Try it again when the subject uses both eyes. Try it again with the cup farther away from the subject. Try it again with the cup closer to the subject. Compare the results of “10 drops” at each distance.
  •  Shifting images Here’s another way to demonstrate how different images are projected on to each eye. Look at an object in the distance (20-30 feet away), such as a clock on the wall. Close one eye, hold up your arm and line up your finger with the object. Now without moving your finger or your head, close the opened eye and open the closed eye. The object in the distance will appear to jump to the side…your finger will no longer be lined up. This shows that different images fall on each eye.

Fun With Words

  • Read an Eye spy book and find the objects with a friend.  Here is a simple I spy book:

Fitness Play

  • Can you accurately judge your speed and distance to the bacon along with your opponent’s speed and distance and correctly decide if you should grab the bacon or catch the ‘thief’?
  • Play Grab the Bacon

Set Up: Large rectangular area, such as a basketball court or field. Designate clear boundary lines.  Choose an object to be the ‘bacon’  such as a soft block of wood, white board eraser, soft foam ball, or handkerchief.

How to Play:

Divide everyone into two to four groups; each team sits on a boundary line.

Give each player a number, each group should have a one, a two, etc.

Place the “bacon” in the center of the playing area and assign each team one goal line at either end of the playing area.

The adult calls out a number and all students with that number run to pick up the “bacon.”

The person who gets the “bacon” first tries to run across his/her teams goal line without being tagged. The person whose number was called who did not get the “bacon” should try to tag the other player before they get across the goal line.

Once someone is tagged or gets across their goal line, the round is over. Everyone who played in the round give each other high-five’s and they go back to the boundary line with their teams.

 

All in the head

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Review chapter 2 of “What to Do When Your Temper Flares”
  2. Reminder:  It is your thoughts about what happens that make you mad, or that help you feel fine.  Remind yourself that this is not that bad, it could be worse.  Remember, you can handle this.
  3. Follow up: Have you changed some hot thoughts to cool thoughts? Rate yourself:  High five if you maintained control today; 3 up if you did OK; thumb up if you need to call a tow truck to get you out of the ditch.
  4. How does our brain think?
    1. The cerebellum controls and coordinates movements of the muscles, like walking or swinging the arms. This means that the movement is smooth and controlled and you don’t fall over when you turn around.
    2. The outside layer of the cerebrum has special areas, which receive messages about sight, touch, hearing and taste. Other areas control movement, speech, learning, intelligence and personality.
    3. The brain stem is in charge of keeping the automatic systems of your body working. You don’t have to think about breathing, you just do it automatically, but you can decide if you want to hold your breath for a short time. You don’t have to think about your heart beating because your brain keeps it going automatically.
  5. A brain’s structure and function

 

Snack & Nutrition

  • Make a Brain.  Well it can’t think, but it is the basic size and weight of the brain and it kind of feels like a brain.  This recipe is from the Pacific Science Center and the Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, WA

Materials:

    1.5 cups (360 ml) instant potato flakes

    2.5 cup (600 ml) hot water

    2 cups (480 ml) clean sand

    1 gallon ziplock bag

 

Combine all of the ingredients in the ziplock bag and mix thoroughly. It should weigh about 3 lbs. (1.35 kg.) and have the consistency of a real brain.

Imagine That/Art & Crafts/Drama

  • Make a model of the brain using play dough:
  •   by Erin

Engineering and Science

  • Learn about synapse and neurons here:
  • How you think involves neurons and synapses:

  1. Create a model of a neuron by using clay, playdough, styrofoam, recyclables, food or anything else you can get your hands on. Use pictures from books to give you an idea of where the components of a neuron should go and what shape they should be. Use different colors to indicate different structures. Make a neural circuit with a few of the neurons. Create sensory or motor systems. Eat your model if you made it out of food!!
  2. Here’s the most simple model of a neuron I can think of…and you don’t need any supplies. It’s your hand! Hold out your arm and spread your fingers. Your hand represents the “cell body” (also called the “soma”); your fingers represent “dendrites” bringing information to the cell body; your arm represents the “axon” taking information away from the cell body.
  • Learn more about your brain:

 

Fun With Words

  • Make a list of ways to protect your head and brain OR choose 1 way and illustrate it and make a poster (poster contest) — ideas & answers are here
    1. wear a seat belt
    2. wear a proper helmet for sports
    3. have a proper falling surface for playgrounds and gymnastics
    4. don’t use drugs; be careful with all chemicals
    5. eat healthy – good brain food
    6. look before you leap, especially when diving/swimming

Sports Zone/Games/Physical Fitness

In the game of “synaptic tag,” you are part of the synapse. The object of the game is to get as many neurotransmitters across the synapse to the dendrite without being caught (deactivated) by the enzyme. It is like a game of tag. Draw or find a space for the axon and a dendrite (see the picture below). Some players are neurotransmitters and they wait in the axon; other players are enzymes, they wait in the gap between the axon and the dendrite. It is best to have more neurotransmitters than enzymes. The enzymes are “it.”

When someone says “go,” the neurotransmitters run across the synapse as fast as possible without being touched by an enzyme. If a neurotransmitter is touched by an enzyme, it must go back (be reabsorbed) into the axon and wait until the next turn. If a player makes it to the dendrite, the player is safe. Play as many times as you like. Make sure everyone has a chance to be a neurotransmitter and an enzyme. Note: make sure you provide enough space in the axon (synaptic terminal) so players will not run into one another.

  • Try also Saltatory Conduction and other games from the same site

 

Continue this unit based on the book, What to Do When Tempers Flare by going to the theme, On the Wild Side, which is based on chapter 3 of the book, A Secret About Anger.

 


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Road Trips and Races

This theme can be adapted to fit several other themes or used as a stand-alone theme.

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Behind the wheel

This theme goes great with chapter 1 of Dr. Dawn Huebner’s book, What to Do When Your Temper Flares.  See the Day 1 to Day 3 lessons called Behind the Wheel.

 

Community Worker: Mechanic

Happy Car Mechanic Holding Wrench

Extend it by talking more about Mechanics.  Take a field trip to a mechanic or invite a mechanic as a guest.

 

 

Road trips

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Discuss: road signs, car safety
  2. Follow up to Behind the Wheel and Chapter 1 of Temper Flares: Yesterday we talked about maintaining control even when there are challenges or we are in a hurry or tired. Rate your performance – High five if you maintained control today; 3 up if you did OK; thumb up if you need to call a tow truck to get you out of the ditch.
  3. Share time:  Tell about places you visited this summer

Snack & Nutrition

  1. Roadside Snack: granola bar or snack bar

Art & Crafts

  1. Paint a map OR a picture of where you might go or a sight you might see on the way
  2. Make a bingo game of things you might see along the road
    1. Click here for free Bingo games you can print
    2. Click here for a road sign scavenger hunt Bingo
    3. Or have kids draw one Car Bingo:car BINGO

Engineering & Science

  1. Building project: Make a road using road puzzles, blocks, track, etc.  Add hills, tunnels, corners, etc.

Word Fun

  1. Match a road sign to what it means.
    1. Online road sign memory game
    2. Here’s an online game.
  2. Read a map (this is easier if you have 2 identical maps) – tell a friend how to get from point A to point B – what roads to turn on without telling them where the destination.  Did they get to the right place?
    1. Here’s a simple map of USA with main highways
    2. For an online version go to SlidePlayer
    3. Get a map of your own city

Sports Zone/Games/Physical Fitness

  1. Car tag
  2. Green light Red light

On your mark, Get set, GO!

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Discuss: race cars, types of races, safety features, etc.
    1. Fun facts from thrillest
    2. Fan facts from NASCAR
    3. Read a cool book about race cars
  2. What are some types of race cars?  Why are they made that way? – principles of aerodynamics

Snack & Nutrition

  1. Food race:  how fast can you eat _______ — race at Go!  or time it.  (suggested items:  a cup of yogurt or applesauce)

Art & Crafts

  1. Race car – paint wooden race cars  OR color printed race cars  OR design & draw a race car
  2. Race flags – make a checkered flag

Engineering & Science

  1. Building project: Rubber band power
    1.  Build a K’nex rubber band car
  1. With older kids or adult help you can build a rubber-band powered boat
  1. Another option:  Get out the race track and your stash of cars and have a race.   You can make a ramp using a stack of books with a piece of cardboard leaning against them.  Find out which cars go faster.

Word Fun

  1. Write about a race
  2. Be the sports caster for your friends’ race with the cards they made

Fitness Play

  1. Races!   Set up a start line and finish line.  Run forwards.  Run backwards.  Race sideways.  Race a with a partner side by side with arms over each-others’ shoulder.  ….

Pit Stop

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Why do race car drivers have to take pit stops?  (“…However, the car that made the additional pit stop will run faster on the race track than cars that did not make the stop, both because it can carry a smaller amount  (and thus lower weight) of fuel, and will also have less wear on its tires, providing more traction and allowing higher speeds in the corners.”)  read more
  1. What does the pit crew do during a pit stop?  (add fuel, change tires, and take care of any other problems.)
  2. Do you think we need pit stops?  (yes)  What’s important for us to do during our pit stop?  How do we fuel up?  (eat, drink water, take a break or rest)  Doing that helps us feel good and have self-control.

Snack & Nutrition

  1.  Make a menu for a healthy meal or snack

Art and Crafts

  1. Color a picture of a mechanic working
  2. Decorate a frame with nuts.  This makes a great gift for Dad or Grandpa, too

Engineering & Science

  1. Get out your spare tire.  Add some good size bots and nuts and a wrench set.  Let the kids put on and take off the nuts and bolts with the wrenches.  Don’t want to get out the tire?  Cut cardboard on a circle like a tire or use the cardboard that was under the pizza you had last night.  Punch some holes to put in the bolts.

Fun with Words

  1. How many other words can you make using the letters in “PIT STOP”

Fitness Play

  1. Take a break and get outside and play.  Moving your muscles and getting fresh air and sunshine is good for relaxation and stress relief.

 

Continue this unit based on ” What to Do When Your Temper Flares” by going to the theme, Perspectives based on chapter 2, A Secret About Anger.

 


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Managing Temper Flares

We all get angry.  We all get upset.  How can we manage our anger and have self-control?

This unit was compiled for my after-school program.  We read and based the activities on the book, “What to Do When Your Temper Flares” by Dawn Huebner, Ph.D.

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We spent about a week on each chapter to allow time and practice for each of the behavior pointers.  Each chapter lends itself to a theme which is what the activities are based on for that week.  The activities themselves run the gamut including STEM activities along with art, social skills, reading and writing.

I hope you and your children enjoy this unit.  You can follow the posts easily by clicking the links below:

 

picture-of-cat-looking-in-mirror-and-sees-a-lionOn the Wild Side — Chapter 3: Does Anger Win You Friends?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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In The Driver’s Seat

Day 1 — In the Driver’s Seat

Getting Started: An Overview

  1. Read What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner Chapter 1a
  2. Lead a discussion on how a person cares for their car and ways we care for ourselves.  Make the point that just like a car, we need fuel, to keep clean, check-ups, and safety rules.  Taking care of ourselves is part of self-control.
  3. Put each of the above categories on a poster, as Dr. Huebner suggests on page 8 and 9.  One option is to have the 4 posters around the room for everyone to draw on.  Another option is to give everyone 4 small pieces of paper to draw on, label with name and then glue them onto the poster.
  4. ANNOUNCE: You may bring a radio controlled toy next time.

Snack & Nutrition

  1. Poster 1:  Draw a ‘fuel’ (healthy food) you enjoy – eating healthy food keeps car (body) running well.  Draw or put your picture on poster 1.
  2. Healthy food collage — Cut out a healthy food item from a magazine or the newspaper.

Art & Crafts

  1. Poster 2:  Draw something you use to keep yourself clean.  Draw or put your picture on poster 2.
  2. Soap art —
    1. This activity is for older kids.  Using Ivory Soap and a table knife.  http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Soap-Carving
    2. Put a new bar of Ivory soap in the microwave and see the magic.  http://www.cometogetherkids.com/2012/01/ivory-soap-explosion.html
  3. Design a steering wheel – cut out the lower portions of a divided plate, leaving the raised portions that look like a steering wheel; decorate with markers

Construction

  1. Build a vehicle you would like to drive using Lego, K’nex, or your favorite construction toy.
  2. Poster 3:  Draw a tool that gets used when you have a check-up (at dentist/doctor office)

Fitness Play

  1. Poster 4: Illustrate or write a safety rule you have to follow
  2. Play Red Light, Green Light

Day 2 — Radio Controlled

Getting Started — An Overview

  1. Follow-up and review chapter 1a of What to do When Your Temper Flares.  Have you been caring for your ‘vehicle’ (your body)?
    • Who fueled up properly with a healthy meal with fruits and vegetables?
    • Who cared for your body by cleaning it?  (washing hands, bathing, or brushing teeth, etc.)
    • Who followed some safety rules today?  Which ones?
  2. How are radio/remote controlled cars controlled?
  3. Who brought a radio/remote controlled vehicle?  Set guidelines for sharing and using

Art & Crafts

  1. String puppet — Those artistically minded might like the challenge of making  a string puppet they can control.  Note how one cross stick controls the legs and one cross stick controls the arms.  The perpendicular stick controls the head.
    1. Image titled 179028 8 String Marionette
    2. peanut popcorn puppetPaper cup string puppet

You will need:
A darning needle. A reel of strong thread.
Packing peanuts
Paint, paint brushes, glue, scissors, wool for hair, eyes, icecream sticks or twigs.

Procedure:  Thread the needle and make a large knot in the end. To make the head and body, thread three long peanuts on to the length of thread. (You may need to twist the needle a bit to get it through the shell). Leave a long thread above the head. To make the hands, arms, and legs, string long and small peanuts to the body as shown.

Remember to tie knots in the thread so that the peanuts won’t fall off.

Paint the puppet, and leave it to dry. Glue wool on the head to make hair. Leave the long thread above the head free of hair and glue.

Make the control stick by gluing three sticks together as shown. Attach the control threads as shown. Tie the hands to the front cross-piece and the feet to the back. Tie the head to the centre control stick. Dab glue on to the control stick where the threads are tied. This will stop the threads from slipping.

Engineering & Science

  1. Operate Radio controlled vehicles
  2. How they work – continue article from how stuff works

Fun with Words

  1. Tell how a person controls a puppet or radio-controlled car.
  2. Using the acronym CONTROL, write an acrostic poem

Fitness Play

  1. Radio controlled vehicles
  2. Red light Green light

Day 3 — Traveling

Getting Started – An Overview

  1. Read What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner Chapter 1b
  2. Discuss: Decisions you can make for yourself.  Rules you have to follow.  Bumpy roads —  challenges in life.

Snack & Nutrition

  1. Rocky road mix – marshmallows, chocolate chips, graham cereal, small pretzels

Art & Crafts

  1. Where would you like to travel to?  Draw a picture or make a 3-D diorama

The Nature of It/Construction/Science

  1. Building project:  Using K’nex or Lego’s and your creativity make a vehicle that would take you where you would like to travel.  (Are you going on a highway, dirt road, out in space, or across the ocean?)

Fun With Words

  1. Write a story that tells where you would like to travel and what you would do.  What exciting experience might you have?
  2. Make a poster that shows or tells  what decisions you make throughout the day  (ex: what to wear, what to eat, who to play with, colors to use on your paper….)

Fitness Play

  1. Go outside for free choice play
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    travel partners

    Car Traveling — Form partners.  Partners place arms over the others’ shoulders and thus form a ‘car’.  The left partner is the driver and controls where the ‘car’ goes.  The right partner is the passenger.

    1. Option 1:  Go through an obstacle course set up with cones and ropes lying on the ground.
    2. Option 2:  Play tag — Have two or three ‘cars’ that are ‘it’.  Other players go from one side to the other of the playing field.  If the car passenger tags a person they need to get in the back seat of the car and put one hand on either the driver or passenger’s shoulder.  They also can tag a person.  When a second person is tagged, they also get in the back seat and place a hand on the shoulder of either the driver or passenger. Now the car is full so you have two options:
      1. Option A:  The first car that gets full is the winner.
      2. Option B:  A full car splits so that the people in the back seat also become a ‘car’ and the game continues.

Are You In the Driver’s Seat?

Getting Started:  An Overview:

  1. Are you in the Driver’s Seat?
  2. Being in the driver’s seat means that we have self-control.  There are a lot of things we have to control about our selves.  We need to control what we say, how we show our emotions, what we eat, what we watch and listen to, what we do, when we do our homework, how we show respect, and so much more.  Think about your personal goals for self-control.  You will have an opportunity to write about it later.

Snack & Nutrition

  1. Snack:  Make a snack mix you can eat while you travel.  Suggested ingredients:  (Chex cereal, chocolate chips, gummy fruit or candy, raisins, small Ritz crackers)
  2. Teddy Graham in Banana Car

Art & Crafts

    1. shoulder strap

      Seat belt shoulder strap – make with felt/foam and adhesive Velcro  and decorate

      1. Cut felt or foam so that it is a 8×6 inch rectangle.  You can cut a 8×12 inch felt rectangle in half.
      2. Fold felt in half lengthwise (hot-dog fold)
      3. Attach Velcro.
      4. Decorate with markers or stick on felt decor

 

    1. in driver's seat plaque

      In Driver’s Seat

      Make a plaque to remind you to maintain control, as the driver cut out car either draw your face or attach a picture of you and put on plaque – may add bouncy pizzaz by making paper springs and gluing them between the car and plaque.  Get a copy of the Driver’s seat plaque.

 

 

The Nature of It/Construction/Science

  1. Clothespin Car — using clothespin, twisty ties, straw, buttons, and a pony bead
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    Clothespin race car

    1. cut a straw in 1 inch pieces.  You will use 2 pieces per car.
    2. Put a twisty tie through 2 holes in a button so the button is in the middle and the ends are the same length.
    3. Thread both ends of the twisty through 1 straw piece.
    4. Put a second button wheel on by putting the ends of the same twisty through 2 button holes of the 2nd button and then twist the ends of the twisty together.  Now you have 1 axle with 2 button wheels.
    5. Make a 2nd axle with button wheels the same way.
    6. Open the clothespin and place one axle where the groove is.  Put a pony bead at the end of the clothespin.  Close the clothespin so that it bites the clothespin as shown.
    7. Put the 2nd axle between the back of the clothespin where you pinch it.
    8. Roll your car and have races.

Take the Challenge/Read/Write/Homework/Educational Games

  1. Write your goal for how you want to have better self-control.  Remember there are a lot of ways to show self-control.  We need to control what we say, how we show our emotions, what we eat, what we watch and listen to, what we do, when we do our homework, how we show respect, and so much more.  Everyday we can choose to make wise choices and practice self-control.
  2. Goal: Write goal on a card  3×5 – I want to control my temper better; I want to show more respect; I want to get my homework done on time;  I want to be a better friend….

Fitness Play

  1. Play Car Traveling with a buddy either as an obstacle course or as tag.  See the directions above.

 

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Road trip

Make this a full week by continuing the car theme.

Go to Road Trips and Races.