The first great find was discovered as I searched for some informative, yet fun activity for one of our 5th grade teachers. She is putting together stations for the 100th day of school, and the whole theme uses pennies! 100th day isn’t just for Kindergarten! She is very innovative and wanted one of the stations to be technology-based, cool! So in my searching, I came across the US Mint’s Kids’ site! What a treasure-trove! Although I only had a chance to look at a few of the activities and links in their “clubhouse”, it is a very kid-friendly place! The section I think we’ll use for the station is one of their interactive cartoons called, “Birth of a Coin” which walks you through exactly how the coins that end up in your couch are made! Very neat! I had no idea! Since so many grade levels’ SCOS includes the teaching of money concepts, wouldn’t this be a great place to pique student interest!
The second great find came as I read Wesley Fryer’s post, “Singing, Not On the Test”. Take just a minute to click on the NPR link and listen to the 2 minute song. You will chuckle and shake your head in dismay at the same time!
Picture: Fountain of Wishes