Today my students made Mardi Gras masks. I know, we're off season! But, I do a "This day in history" every day & yesterday was the anniversary of the Louisana Purchase as well as the anniversary of Louisana becoming the 18th state.
My reading group has been reading a book called "Uncle Henry's New Orleans" all week too. I had talked to my reading group about New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina, Levees, Mardi Gras, etc. and then had them make Mardi Gras masks (just coloring) yesterday. When my homeroom kids came back into class they kept asking me "What are those?" To which I replied, "Mardi Gras masks!" I then got a blank stare & the question "What's Mardi Gras?" So, after our "This day in history" lesson I told the kids I'd let them make Mardi Gras masks of their own today.
They did an AWESOME job & worked so hard on their masks. I had my camera at school so I could take pictures for their Mother's Day project (which I think I'm going to have to redo) so I took their picture in their masks and told them I'd post them on my blog for them to see. So, here they are!