Saturday, October 20, 2012

Freaky movies...and the three branches of government

So, I just got back from the movies.  I went to see Paranormal Activity 4, and I hate scary movies!  When I was 16-ish (I think), I saw The Ring and I refused to sleep in my basement room all by myself for about 6 weeks- so I made myself at home in my little sisters room on the pull out bed.  The only reason I agreed to go is because I've seen the 3 before, and wasn't afraid to go out in my backyard past dark (pathetic I know).Needless to say, I was a little scared to head out to this movie.. but it wasn't too bad.   The thing about these, is that they make you jump and get your heart racing.  The best part in this one was at the end when one woman screamed at the top of her lungs.. the entire theater was laughing, including herself.  

And as for what's going on in my world of second grade... We have been studying government.  This past week, we were working on the Three Branches of Government, including the "Who" and "What" of each branch, and we also began working on U.S. symbols.  I threw together this little activity to get them to remember the 3 branches, and thought I would share in case anyone wants to use it.  (I threw this activity together seriously in my one 40 minute planning period, so it's not top par, but since you're all so awesome, I'm sure you'll be able to make it better!)

Here's a picture of the finished product...

Basically, I printed out simple leaf templates on green paper (6 of them for each student) and had them write the "Who" and "What" of each branch.  That's all I'm really concerned with them knowing being so young, so I would add more in the upper grades, like how one branch checks the other etc.  I also printed out the names of each branch and a blank American Flag for them together.  Student made their own tree with the 3 branches, glued the names to each branch, and put the leaves on the correct branch.  They enjoyed putting them together and were super proud of the hard work they did.  I even hung them in the hallway for everyone to admire!

All in all, it was a simple, easy way to get them to remember "3 Branches" and the basics of each branch.  and it was really easy to throw together, especially last minute.  Here is a link to a leaf template that you could use.  I just typed the names of the branches in a cute font in word and had them cut out & glue them on.  And Viola, the 3 branches of government!  

Last, I promise, I'll get better at making things and posting them.. as well as posting more often.  I can feel myself getting into that "survival mode", ya know the mode that every teacher hits usually within a few weeks after the year first starts.  Well, I think since I had 3 weeks off, I got out of the groove and am rehitting that survival mode.. so once I get myself straightened out, the products will hopefully begin rolling.  Hope everyone has a FANTABULOUS rest of the weekend!  Football Sunday tomorrow, can't wait! :)


  1. What a wonderful idea! I will be stealing this :)

  2. I like to think of it as "collaborating with fellow bloggers" :)