6.25.2011

Make Lemonade

flickr: jbcurio
 Summer is the perfect time for lemonade stands, and lemonade stands are a perfect way to practice lots of important skills.  Math for business planning, art and creativity for stand design.  Get the most of out your lemonade stand experience with a few great resources.
Combine economics and art history with the NOT your Grandma's Lemonade Stand lesson plan from the Council for Economic Education.  Students will analyze Norman Rockwell's Lemonade Stand illustration and learn about producers & consumers, opportunity costs, and supply & demand while running a cyber lemonade stand.

Then, get started with a real lemonade stand of your own.
Find recipes, a decorating tool and more at LemonsToLemonade.org. This site also provides all the information you need if you want to setup your lemonade stand to raise money for a charity.

Then visit funkytime for some fun lemonade trivia and super cute free printable lemonade labels, recipe cards and drink flags.

Or, if you're making regular (non-pink) lemonade, go to Tricia-Rennea to get free printable labels, stickers and price tags that can be customized with your text.  Also check out her free printable lists and recipes cards with a lemon theme.

Also visit Alphamom to get the printable banner and flags that set the scene for this festive lemonade stand.

If you want to offer lots of exciting lemonade flavors, check out the printable labels at j.bartyn design.

For more lemon learning ideas, visit Katherine Marie Photography.

6.20.2011

Summer Road Trip

Summer vacation is a great time for hitting the road to go explore a new place. Vacation planning is a fun way to reinforce geography skills.  Let kids prepare for the trip by visiting Roadside America to find odd roadside attractions you are going to pass along the way
The planning stage is also perfect for using math skills to plan the gasoline budget using AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report and Fuel Cost Calculator.
AAA
Chart-reading skills are important for all core subject areas, and AAA's gasoline guide is full of them.  Students can compare prices by region or state, compare the current average price to last year's, or compare fuel efficiency of different car models.
If you're up against a looong stretch of road between site-seeing breaks, keep boredom at bay with a little preparation.  Visit Lil Sugar for printable license plate BINGO cards and other activities.
  
Then visit The Whimsical Fig where you can get more free printable car games like this alphabet game record-keeper.

Road trips are also the perfect occasion for enjoying an audio book.  Visit Books Should Be Free where you can access bunches of free audio books like The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne.

What are your favorite road trip highlights and boredom busters?