Something fun had to be planned for our last Monday to make up for the shocked looks on my students when they came into the classroom and found everything down off the walls and a bare bones classroom as we prepare for a summer paint job. So Marvelous Moosetache Monday it was!
I discovered this freebie over at Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives that capitalizes on the moustache craze and gives students the chance to collect data and craft their own graph while sporting their own "stache." Then I was cleaning my book bins and ran across Margie Palatini's Moosetache about a moose with an unruly moustache and his attempts to tame it.
Could there be a more perfect combo? So I ran with it.
Using this template, I created a moustache on a stick for everyone. We started the morning by selecting our moustache and posing with it.
Then we decided on a question for our graph. I encouraged them to choose something that had to do with our school year. So we had questions like "What was your favorite hot lunch?", "What was your favorite recess activity?" and "Who was your favorite teacher?". Then we went next door and using our moustaches declared in our most sophisticated voices, "I moustache you a question" followed by our question. After collecting data from the third graders, we returned to our own room to survey one another and complete our graph.
Later we read Moosestache and I had the children imagine what they would do with their own moustache named after them. They were braided and twirled, used as wings and blockers in a soccer goal. Amazing! As each person revealed their "stache", I had the rest of the students write describing words on post-it notes which we placed on the person's picture once they were done. Here's what mine looked like. I couldn't for the life of me come up with anything for my Bethstache to do but create an old lady hairstyle so I went with it.
One of my students wrote down "teacherish" as their adjective. Eeewww! I hope not! :)
After lunch, we created our own Moose and gave him a moustache that could be styled in anyway imagineable.
The kids came up with some pretty fun ones. One of my parents had given me some lollipops so we also created two of these one for ourselves and one to share.
By this time we were almost "moustached" out, but we topped the day off with a moustache shaped cookie. No better ending to Marvelous Moustache Monday than a few whiskers and some juice to wash them down!
For more activities to go along with Margie Palatini's Moosetache you can go here.