Showing Courage
Showing Courage - On May 5, or “Cinco de Mayo”, Mexicans celebrate the courage of the people who fought against the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. How do you show courage in your life?

Today’s Activities

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Read it! Write it!

In this lesson, there are four short videos about courage. 

First, think about what the word “courage” means to you. Print out the note-taking worksheet, Blank Fillable Notes Template, and write down a sentence or two on the lines at the bottom of the worksheet. 

Second, watch this video on courage from Steve Hartman (and his kids). Steve Hartman: Kindness 101 Pause the lesson after each video segment within the lesson, take a few notes about how courage was shown in each one.

Third, try the activity Steve and Meryl discuss at the end of the lesson!

 If you can’t print out the note-taking worksheet, you can take notes on any paper. Or if you just want to watch the videos and try the activity at the end, that’s okay, too!

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Brain Teasers!

Get some more Fraction Action with this math worksheet.

Leveled learning extension 1: Reinforce your math skills with these pages which offer more basic math problems! 

Worksheet 1

Worksheet 2

Leveled learning extension 2: Tease your brain with these worksheets to target foundational math skills!

Worksheet 1 

Worksheet 2

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Social Studies

Read this article and answer the questions to find out more about the Battle of Puebla, or Cinco de Mayo.

Fourteen years before Mexico battled the French in the town of Puebla, California was still part of Mexico.  Another war, the  Mexican-American War, changed that. At the end of this war with America, Mexico was forced to give up the land that later became many of the western states in the U.S.A.  The same year this happened gold was discovered in California, and a year later the Gold Rush began.  Do you think Mexico would have fought the Mexican-American War differently if gold had been discovered before it happened instead of afterward?  Share your thoughts with a family member.

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Move it!

The Mexican Hat Dance is a popular Mexican folk dance.  Watch these professional dancers perform, then see if you can pick up a few steps to teach a younger sibling or friend.
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create it!

You can also learn how to make a piñata!

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