An All American Summer Unit: The United States of America


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Our appointments, vacations, and adventures are over for the summer, and the rest we can just sit back and enjoy.  This unit was meant to be for the first week in July, but we're running a little behind. Thankfully, no matter what time of year it is, when you're studying the United States of America, red, white and blue are always appropriate.  Here are our fabulous activities by subject!

Language:
Cursive Letter Sand Tray
We're starting our study of cursive. The kiddos are okay with their letter identification, so we're moving on to sand tray writing, practicing four letters each month.  It's amazing to me how much easier cursive is for the kiddos, compared to when they were learning print.

Source: The cards for this activity can be found at 3 Dinosaurs.

United States of America First Letter Identification
I am super excited about these cards.  The kiddos have known the names of the 50 States for quite some time.  We learned them as part of a song.  I thought it would be fun for them to start to identify the shapes of each state, and practice their beginning letter sounds at the same time.  Control cards are provided in case they don't remember the name of the state and can't think of the first letter sound.
The cards are not designed in the Montessori colors, as I was unable to find black and white outlines, however, I still think they will work in teaching the shapes of the states.
The first letter sound cards match the state cards, in order to provide the proper controls.  All states are included in the printable.

Source:  I created this printable as part of my All American Summer Unit Language Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Glue & Glitter Spelling Word Practice
This is by far, my kiddos' most favorite spelling activity.  Who knew glitter would be so enticing!  Such great fine motor practice.  Their words are looking fabulous!  The kiddos choose the words they want to write from the small cards provided, and then write them using glue on the black paper.  Finally they sprinkle with glitter, and voila!

Source:  I created the small spelling word cards as part of my All American Summer Language Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Math:
American Flag Addition
The kiddos will use the flags provided as counters, and glass beads as markers to answer the math problem cards.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of my All American Summer Math Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Tootsie Roll Subtraction
Tootsie Rolls are a very American treat, hence their use for this activity. The kiddos will us the Tootsie Rolls as counters, and glass beads as markers, to answer the subtraction questions on the cards.  When they are finished, they're each allowed to try one Tootsie Roll.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of my All American Summer Math Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

All American Summer Events Schedule (Telling Time)
The kiddos will match the clock cards to the time cards.  Each clock card has an "All American" summer activity attached to it.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of my All American Summer Math Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

All American Treats for Sale!
The kiddos will match up the coin cards with the money amount cards.  Each coin card shows a picture of an "All American" treat.  (Prices are completely random in this activity and in no way match up to what it would actually cost to pay for one of these treats.)

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of my All American Summer Math Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Science & Culture:
50 Animals from the United States of America
A geography/culture unit would not be complete without a new set of 50 animal cards.  Dinomite was slightly impatient about the completion of them.  Lol.  As always, I provide these for him to sort and identify as he likes.  It's amazing how he learns so much just be looking at these cards.

Source:  I created this printable as part of my All American Summer Science & Culture Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

American Inventors
The kiddos will match the invention with it's creator.  The name of the invention and inventor are on both sets of cards as a control.

Source:  I created this printable as part of my All American Summer Science & Culture Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

United States of America Puzzle
The kiddos will practice their state identification as they put this puzzle together.

Visual Arts:
American Artists
The kiddos will match the artist to their artwork.  The name of the artist is on both cards as a control.

Source:  I created these cards as part of my All American Summer Science & Culture Printable. For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Music:
Keyboard Identification Practice
The kiddos will place a glass bead on the letter that matches the key on the keyboard that is marked with a red dot.  The keyboard with letters is provided as a control.

Source:  I created this printable. For your free copy, click HERE.

Instruments in an Orchestra
The kiddos will sort orchestra instruments into sections.

Source:  I created this printable.  For your free copy. click HERE.

Physical Education:
We continue our family fitness program. This summer we're spending time outside, walking, running, swimming, etc.

Sensorial/Practical Life:
Dropper Star Activity
The kiddos will use the droppers provided (not clearly shown in the picture), to practice transferring water into the star ice cube tray.

Spooning Stars
I found these cute star buttons at a local craft store. I LOVE them!  The kiddos will transfer the stars using the spoon provided.

Patriotic Button Snake
The kiddos will practice their buttoning skills, using this cute patriotic themed button snake.  (I made it myself!  I'm so pleased with how it turned out.)

Hanging Sheets on the Clothesline
The kiddos will practice hanging these mini-sheets on the clothesline.  (The rope in the basket is set up as a clothesline during learning time.)

Flag Designs
The kiddos will use the flags provided to create the designs shown on the cards.

Source:  I found this activity at Gift of Curiosity.

Patriotic Cutting Activity
The kiddos will practice their cutting skill using straws, ribbon, silk flowers, and a string of blue beads.

For those interested in printables, click on the links below:




If you notice any mistakes in the printables, please be sure to contact me so I can make corrections.  I try very hard to make sure they're 100% correct,  and even have Jason check them, but sometimes we miss things.

Next week we'll be learning all about baseball!  Be sure to stop back for more printables and activity ideas!

4 comments:

  1. Wow! You're blog is amazing! You're such a fantastic Montessori inspiration for me :) Your kids are so lucky to have these types of works available to them!! Thank you so much for sharing these activities/works!

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    1. Thank you so much! Your blog is pretty amazing too! :)

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  2. What an amazing unit!! Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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