Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hispanic History Month

Each week I will add new pictures to this post as we learn about a different person for Hispanic History Month.

Week 1: Sonia Sotomayor. This week for Hispanic History Month,  we talked about Sonia Sotomayor and her roll as the first female Hispanic Justice of the Supreme Court. We were talking about the Constitution this week, as well and how a judge helps to enforce laws. Friday, the kids painted popsicle sticks and toilet paper rolls and made their own gavels.

 I think they would all make great judges! Of course, they can do anything they set their mind to. :)

Week 2: Pablo Picasso The second week of Hispanic History Month we talked about Pablo Picasso (whose name the kids remember SO well!) and what he did as an artist. BrainPOP has a video about Pablo Picasso so we watched it Monday before we did our fun Picasso art.

Wednesday the kids used red, white and blue paper to make their own Texas flag collages. I think the coolest part was that no two flags looked the same (best. artists. ever!)

Everyone had a different perspective :)
Friday, the kids used different shapes (circles, squares, rectangles, triangles and ovals) and what ever paper they wanted from our scrap paper box to make their own art however they wanted. Later on, I am going to laminate their collages and we will use them all year as place mats to save paper towels when we eat breakfast, snacks or have special days and birthdays. It goes hand in hand with our reduce, reuse, recycle lessons, too!

With this creative class of kiddos, I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't have some great artists emerge!

Week 3: Ellen Ochoa. This week for Hispanic History Month, the kids learned about Ellen Ochoa and her importance as the first Hispanic female that went into space! Wednesday, the kids colored pictures of astronauts for me to cut the faces out of and put their pictures inside of. Friday, the kids colored and cut out astronaut helmets to wear home. Of course, forgetful me, I forgot to take a picture of the kids actually wearing their helmets! They were really cute, though. They even pretended they were talking to each other through the microphone. "Don't fall off the moon, there's no gravity!" might have been my favorite line used. :)

I wouldn't be surprised if some of these kiddos end up working for NASA!

Week 4: José Navarro. This week for Hispanic History Month, the kids learned about José Navarro and how he helped to make Texas what it is today by working with Stephen F. Austin. For their art project this week, the kids painted the state of Texas to look like the Texas flag, and I used their picture inside of a star as the lone star on their State of Texas flags.

When the kids brought their posters back to school after having them for a just over a week ... I was impressed! It's great to see all of you working with your child at home to make such cool and unique posters! :) Their presentations were awesome, too! When we get some time we will head to second grade or they will come to us and the kids can talk about the people they did for Hispanic History Month.

Our Pablo Picasso's!

Our Ellen Ochoa's!

Our Josè Navarro!
I'm so proud of all the kids and the hard work they put into their social studies projects! I think it's important for them to see different people and their impact on our world. Most importantly, I think they need to see that there's nothing you can't do if you put your mind to it.