7 Luau Theme Ideas for Your Senior Facility


Hawaii Luau Senior residentsPlanning a fun luau theme for your residents to celebrate the arrival of the Spring weather and the Summer months? Here are a few items and ideas from notjustbingo that you may want to add to your list.
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1. Hawaiian Leis – Provide Hawaiian leis for all your residents to wear for the luau. Pass  them out in the morning during breakfast to help them remember throughout the day about the upcoming Hawaiian festivities.

2. Hula Skirts – Pass out hula skirts for the ladies to wear. In fact, set up a “Hula Skirt Shop” in your Activity Room and invite the ladies to stop by before the luau to try-on and wear their hula skirts for the day. Continue reading

STARBASE Afterschool STEM Mentoring Program


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The S&S team is proud to be the sponsor of the National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award for Afterschool for 2017. We are recognizing the nominees and winners for their accomplishments and dedication to the afterschool community. Benita Blackwell shares her experience as an afterschool professional, and how introducing the field of STEM to her students has had an impact on their lives and life skills.

I was introduced to the afterschool profession six years ago when I served a Certified Secondary Mathematics teacher in the public school system. This particular afterschool profession helped to enhance the academic enrichment with the student body of the school. With my enrichment area of expertise being Mathematics and Science, my students questioned me daily on when they would ever utilize the topics embedded in the curriculum in the real world. No matter how much I related the areas to their real world job content, I was still leaving my students stranded in an abyss, because it was not a part of the world they live in. They still could not see how limits relate to atoms and the atomic number; how basketball related to special right triangles; how vectors are associated with every sport; how mathematics can be a form of literature; how algebra, trig, calculus, physics, outliers, and standard deviations are used in the workplace (engineering, automotive, nursing, doctors, banking, accounting, pilots, scientist, biologist, designers, interior decorators, veterinarians, graphic designers, programmers, coding, architects), basketball, baseball, football, soccer stadiums and buildings, and much more. Continue reading

Classroom Book Activity – Rosie’s Walk


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Classroom Book Activities for: Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins

Story Summary

Rosie the hen is going for a walk on the farm. As she walks around the farm, she doesn’t seem to notice the fox following her. Read to find out what happens to the fox and if Rosie can get back home safe.

Recommended Age: 1st Grade

Activity 1

  • Gather the class on the rug to introduce Rosie’s Walk. As a whole class, do a picture walk of the story. The teacher can model how to do a picture walk or students can volunteer to say what they notice about the pictures.
  • During the picture walk, introduce new vocabulary such as flour and mill. Write the new words on chart paper.
  • After the picture walk, read the story to the class.

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10 Field Day Bulletin Board Ideas


Field Day is a great way for the entire school to get together and get moving, and what better way to convey unity than to display a themed Field Day bulletin board in your classroom? Here are 10 ideas from PE teachers around the country to inspire you!

Field Day is Blossoming

This bulletin board gives students a chance to share what they love about Field Day. Each flower represents a student comment and can be modified to represent different sports and activities.

Field Day bulletin board

Materials needed:

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Featured PE Teacher – Victoria Turner


This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Victoria Turner!

victoria turner grantAbout Victoria Turner:

I am a Physical Education teacher at Oakridge Elementary School in Hollywood, FL. I teach 480 students in grades PreK-5th. I have been teaching for 4 years.

Current Lesson Plan/Unit:

My PreK students are part of the ASD program in Broward County, and we typically do a lot of dance. Right now we are working on the Chinese Ribbon Dance as part of the Spring Concert. K-2 is working on Kicking and Trapping. I am also incorporating one of Character Traits, which is Control. We talk about how in soccer you need to have control over the ball and we relate it back to how you need control in the classroom. Grades 3-5 are working on Frisbee. Also, since we are just finishing up math testing I incorporated math into their lesson plans. We worked with throwing at different angles, and playing Frisbee math golf where each “hole” was worth different points based on a bath equation that was provided at each “hole”.

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