9/15 Make a hat Day- Spanish word of the day: hat- el sombrero
- Make a paper sailor hat. We used sheets of newspaper and I let the kids glue on construction paper shapes and use paint to decorate them.
9/16 Mexican Independence Day- Spanish word of the day: war- la guerra
- Be able to identify Mexico on a map.
- Learn about Mexico and the Mexican War for Independence and answer these questions:
- What is the capital of Mexico? (Mexico City)
- What type of government does Mexico have? (a republic similar to the US)
- What is the official language of Mexico? (Spanish)
- What did they want that made them want to reject the values of Spain at the end of the 18th century? (freedom of speech, a representative government, and restrictions on the power of the Catholic Church)
- Who gave the speech that is now known as the Grito do Dolores? (Father Miguel Hidalgo)
- What words were said by Father Hidalgo and are repeated every year at Independence Day celebrations? ("Viva Mexico" and "Viva la independencia!")
- How long did they fight for their freedom? (11 years)
- What are the colors of the Mexican flag and what does each one represent? (green= independence, white= religion, and red= union)
- Prepare a Mexican meal. Some ideas are:
- Pozole (soup)
- Guacamole (I mash up an avocado or two and add some salsa and a splash of lime juice for a quick and easy guacamole or you can follow a recipe.)
- Flour or corn tortillas (You do not need a tortilla press, though one helps. You can use a heavy skillet or a rolling pin.)
- Tres Leche Cake
9/17 National Apple Dumpling Day- Spanish word of the day: apple- la manzana
- Go apple picking.
- Make apple dumplings.
9/18 National Cheeseburger Day- Spanish word of the day: hamburger- la hamburguesa
- Serve cheeseburgers. Instead of traditional cheese burgers, we mixed shredded cheddar and chopped bacon right in the meat mixture.
- Learn where the different cuts of beef come from.
9/19 International Talk Like a Pirate Day- Spanish word of the day: pirate- el pirata
- Talk like a pirate
- Write a poem in pirate language.
- Read about female pirates and answer these questions:
- What did female pirates need to do in order to be successful pirates? (disguise themselves as men)
- Who were some female pirates? (Anne Bonny, Mary Reed, and Grace O'Malley)
- Are there still pirates today? (yes)
- Who monitors modern piracy? (the International Maritime Bureau, a division of the ICC Commercial Crime Services)
9/20 POW/MIA Recognition Day- Learn what POW and MIA stand for. (Prisoner Of War and Missing In Action)
- Learn about the POW/MIA flag and answer these questions:
- Who created the POW/MIA flag? (The National League of Families/William Graham Wilkin III)
- What phrase is on the flag? ("You are not forgotten")
- Where is the POW/MIA flag displayed in U.S. armed forces, the dining halls, mess halls and chow halls? (draped over a single chair and table in the corner, signifying that a chair awaits in hope of their return)
- What are the "rules" regarding displaying the POW/MIA flag with the US flag? (it should fly directly below, and not be any larger than, the US flag)