The world is big, and you are curious about it!
Browse fun activities, reading lists, videos and more here. Every month, we will feature a different topic. For February, we are celebrating presidents!
...Presidents & Leaders of Our Country?
Try Biography in Context, a database where you can find biographies of people past and present. You just need a library card to access this resource from home: http://db.tulsalibrary.org:2048/login?url=http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/tulsa?db=BIC1
...the White House?
For Grown-Ups Helping Kids Learn
...Civics and Being a Citizen?
Print and Dress Up Major and Champ!
As of January 20, 2021, there are two new dogs in the White House: Major and Champ!
Download and print these paper dolls - er, dogs! - and dress them up!
Presidential Pets Mini-Book
Download and create this mini-book about presidential pets over the years!
Kids Read Curious Detective: Presidents
Are you a "just the facts" Curious Detective reader? This list is for you!
Kids Read Connector: Presidents
If your favorite books follow realistic characters and stories, you are a Connector, and this list connects Connectors and Presidents!
Kids Read Magic, Dragons, and Swords: Presidents
The books you like to read have one or all of the following: MAGIC, DRAGONS, & SWORDS - and you are exactly that: a Magic, Dragons, and Swords reader! This list features leadership in fantasy stories and realms.
Kids Read Class Clown: Presidents
Where is the funny? That's where you want to be, if you're a Class Clown reader! Laugh a lot and learn about presidents with these books.
Kids Read Adventure Time: Presidents
Do you like your presidents with a side of adventure? Adventure Time readers will love this list of books that have both.
Kids Read Serial Reader: Presidents
You are a Serial Reader if you love staying with the same characters and settings in the same series of books. Get to know some great series that are related to space with this list!
Lesson Plan: My Flag!
Learn more about flags with this lesson below, or at this link: https://www.tulsalibrary.org/sites/default/files/2021-02/Lesson%20Plan-My%20Flag%20TCCL.pdf
Students will be able to explain the reasoning behind the variety of symbols, animals, shapes, and colors seen on a wide variety of flags.
Presidential/patriotism tie in: As you look at the symbolism within each flag encourage your students to think about their ideal world and what they would like to have in it.
How are their ideals different or similar to the ‘official’ flags they are seeing?
Ask students what they know about flags and their purpose.
Next, share a variety of flags and discuss briefly what you see on the flags together and ask the students if they can guess why so many of the flags use similar symbols and shapes.
We have gathered a wide variety of books about flags from the TCCL catalog HERE that we feel would be ideal.
Then, discuss color theory as it pertains to human perception of colors.
Here is a quick overview of Color Theory
Overview of theory HERE (https://tinyurl.com/yyvxs4aq)
classroom graphics resource available HERE (https://tinyurl.com/yx8oxxw4)
Allow students to browse the flags alone or in groups and write down what elements they found most interesting and analyze what they believe to be the intended message based on color theory and symbolism.
NOTE: this would be a great time to look at Native American Flags as they are often more intricate, but still similar in their themes.
Then allow students to share their findings with the class.
Share more flags with the students with a focus on helping them to understand what is being depicted on the flags based on symbolism and color theory and any other concepts or ideas that you want to focus on.
Students will create their own flag based on the teacher’s guidelines.
Suggested guidelines: Students create a flag for either a fictional or real place that includes colors, shapes, animals, or ideas that they feel represent them or their chosen location.
Once finished, the students will share their flag and explain why they chose those elements and colors, they will also answer questions from their peers and teacher.
This would also be a good place to add a writing prompt either about their flag or the place it represents.
Remember, this is also a great time to encourage students to think about their ideal world and what they would like to have in it.
Some students may have video games for all, while others feature protection for endangered animals, green initiatives, or human rights as a priority.
Your Flag: Bibliocommons List
Use this list to complete the My Flag lesson plan above!