- Have you ever heard about the hidden treasure chest in the Rocky Mountains? After ten years, Forrest Fenn’s famous treasure has been found! Read the article below to learn more about Fenn’s treasure and check out the poem Fenn wrote with clues to where the treasure was located. Even though this treasure has been found, you can make your own treasure to hide in your home or neighborhood!
- Tar Beach is a book about a third grade girl named Cassie Louise Lightfoot, who one night while lying on “Tar Beach” decides she wants to be free to go where she wants. Cassie imagines herself flying all over New York City. What is interesting about this book, Tar Beach, is that it was originally a piece of art before it was a book. Faith Ringgold created a quilt, painted it, and then added her story to it. That quilt is now on display at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Join Faith Ringgold as she reads her book, Tar Beach.
- Following last week’s article about the protests occurring across the nation (demanding justice for black Americans), this week we are highlighting Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 March on Washington. He called for equality for all then, and we are still working toward that becoming a reality today:
- Today I am bringing you a variety of gardening projects. I hope you enjoy the book I am sharing this week, Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens. This book is all about a lazy bear and a hare with a big family to feed. Click this link to listen to the book.
- Thanks for joining us today as we read My Dad by Anthony Browne. Since Father’s Day is this month, we thought you might enjoy creating a random, hilarious story for your dad, while using your knowledge of nouns, verbs, and more!
You can take an AR quiz on this book at: https://hosted37.renlearn.com/2123879/
- Who doesn’t love slime?! Click the link below for an easy ocean-themed slime recipe, along with some information on the science behind it! Fun fact: slime is not really a liquid or a solid. It is called a non-Newtonian fluid because it’s a little bit of both!
- Practice your understanding of numbers with this “Greater Than Less Than” worksheet. Roll your dice and write the numbers in the boxes or on an extra sheet of paper. Then, in the middle circle, write < (less than), > (greater than), or = (equals). If you don’t have dice at home you can use these virtual dice from Google. Have a friend or family member check your answers!
- Lava Lamp:
- There’s a saying, “oil and water don’t mix.” Follow the lava lamp activity below to see this in action!
- English: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1m_01djVFIVcMyVY43Vt7ncm0e3jNWimf
- Spanish: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1iLzw2m0gyI6KowX7Bj-8qPlxsh79vQ13
- 7 Fun and Easy Father’s Day Crafts for Kids: Whether you are making this for your Dad, or another special Father Figure in your life, here are some easy and fun craft ideas you can make yourself to give as a special surprise!
- Art History Kids Learning Library: Sign up at the link below to receive a free weekly email that includes interactive, educational lesson plans, book recommendations, printables, and project ideas!
- How to Draw Bugs, Simple Drawing Lesson for Kids, Step by Step: Watch and learn how to draw bugs – an ant, bee, snail, ladybug, and even a caterpillar!
- DIY Weaving: Although this craft is on the Hobby Lobby website, no specialty supplies are needed! Use yarn and your favorite colorful trimmings to create a fun project that represents you!
- Birdwatching From Your Window activity:
- Attachment to add: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AxCNfzXhBdLDE3c1w0tTzTQs1OaHii5P/view?usp=sharing
- Blurb: Birdwatching is one of the easiest ways to spot wildlife in your own backyard! Check out this video for tips and tricks for birdwatching, plus resources to help you research and identify birds you’ve seen. The website referenced in the video can be found here: https://www.whatbird.com/birdexpert/statecolorsize/2/883/birdexpert.aspx
- Bird Feeder:
- Continue the bird-watching fun by providing the birds in your backyard with a snack! See how to make a bird feeder in the activity below:
- Who has a garden or knows someone who has a garden? This activity will show you how to make some really easy garden markers that will mark which plants are where in the garden.
- Partner Moves workout video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vQ0u-S4w_slwSwk7kdpCHwtyOHXaujw3/view?usp=sharing
- Blurb: Getting exercise with a sibling or friend makes it even more fun! Check out these fun workout moves that you can do with a partner.
- Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
- Use this YouTube Channel to find the perfect, themed yoga video for your kids! Star Wars, Frozen, Trolls, Harry Potter, etc. This is an easy way to get kids of all ages ready to start their day, while also teaching the basics of mindfulness and relaxation.
- Frozen Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlg052EKMtk
- Trolls Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9Q6FKF12Qs
Black Lives Matter/Juneteenth:
- (Teens specifically) This Black Youth Town Hall, facilitated by the Youth Mentoring Action Network, is a youth-led community dialogue aimed at supporting youth as they process recent events & the state of race relations. This would be a great way to engage teens around these conversations!
- The following resources might be helpful for facilitating conversations with kids, and/or celebrating Juneteenth (primarily K-6):
- Teaching Tolerance, Black Lives Matter: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/summer-2017/why-teaching-black-lives-matter-matters-part-i
- What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, is the oldest nationally celebrate commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Find more information here: https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm
- The New York Times: So You Want to Learn About Juneteenth?
- Teaching Tolerance, Juneteenth: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/teaching-juneteenth
- We Are Teachers: 17 Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth with Kids
- New York Public Library: Kids’ Books to Celebrate Juneteenth
Food and Entertainment:
- This Kahoot was created as a request from my teen members. They had so much fun playing the first one in our LIVE programming and that they wanted a sequel – So here it is Famous Dogs part 2…
- Yum – Peanut Butter Cookies! One recipe for us and one for our furry friends.
- This activity will show you how to make some really yummy dirt cups to eat. Did you ever think you would want to eat dirt? Well, this kind of dirt really is yummy, so give it a try. Just click on the link to find this activity.
- Ants on a Log cooking video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NVUcQpQw-fE7no6Wul8bXSF8Z-wDX60L/view?usp=sharing
- Blurb: Check out this video for an easy-to-make and delicious snack! Follow along to make your own Ants on a Log.