Presentation for students in grades K-2:
Where is Mo?
Join Mo’s author and creator, Carol Patton, for an enthusiastic introduction to Mo as she animatedly reads portions of Mo’s first chapter aloud. Patton will encourage students to interact with the story by asking a series of questions to help monitor their understanding.
Questions may include: What state does Mo live in? What does the key unlock? Do they know what city or state they live in? How far away is their hometown from where Mo lives (in Alaska)?
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Presentations for students in grades 3-6:
During this guided imagery presentation, students are traveling in a spaceship on a NASA mission and land on a planet they discovered. BUT, who lives on this planet? Are the aliens friendly… or not? Students are asked to close their eyes, share the highlights of their voyage, and briefly discuss planets in our solar system.
2.) Mail Delivery, 1800s Style:
Channel your inner “Buffalo Bill”! Students are transported back in time to 1860 as Pony Express riders who have to carry a message from Nebraska to California about Abraham Lincoln being elected US President. During this guided imagery presentation, students are asked to close their eyes as they journey through multiple states and experience a fierce thunderstorm. What states did they cross? Was the delivery successful?
3.) Up, Up and Away:
The sky’s the limit… adventure awaits. In this guided imagery presentation, students are propelled across a portion of the US in a hot air balloon and asked to close their eyes and share what they see below. Mountains? An ocean? Animals? They reveal what states they fly over and in what direction they’re headed.
4.) Who Invented That?
Students learn about the inventors of blue jeans, bubble gum, popsicles, and the light bulb. What states were these inventors / inventions from? Where are these states located? Students are then asked to spend a few minutes quietly thinking about how they want to positively impact or contribute to our world and encouraged to share their ideas aloud if they feel comfortable doing so. Maybe they want to cure a disease or rescue our planet.
5.) Soccer Magic:
In this guided imagery presentation, students close their eyes and play in a championship soccer match. Every time a student scores a goal, that individual is magically transported to a different US city. In which state is the city located? What does the city look like—is there snow on the ground or is it near an ocean or mountains? What’s unique about what they see?
6.) American Buffet:
Don’t tune in on an empty stomach! Students are introduced to foods that are popular in different states. Yum. Think: fried pickles in Arkansas, Chicago’s deep-dish pizza, Florida oranges, and of course, Wisconsin cheese. They will learn why these states are known for these foods, and where the states are located on a US map. Now can someone take us to New England for a cup of chowdah?
All aboard! With their eyes closed, students pretend to be aboard a riverboat traveling along the Mississippi River during this guided imagery presentation. What states do they travel through? What does the riverboat look like? What’s that strange object or creature in the river? Quick, make sure your limbs are inside the vessel!
Do you believe in the legend of Bigfoot? During this guided imagery presentation, students track Bigfoot through the multiple states by following its gigantic footprints. What are the names of these states? Can they find them on a US map? Is Bigfoot actually a gentle giant, or truly hairy and scary?
Students meet four people who changed the course of US history: Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, explorers of the American West; Susan B. Anthony, activist for the women’s suffrage (voting rights) movement; and Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon. With help from a time machine, students meet these historical figures and have the opportunity to interview them and/or ask a curious question. Patton will culminate the presentation by asking students how they hope to become famous; what would they like to do to become etched in our nation’s history?
Students explore the Grand Canyon while on a whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River. The canyon walls are a whopping 5,000 feet high. At the bottom of one waterfall is a turquoise-colored pool of water. Students navigate their way through fast rapids and then stargaze.
During this presentation, students have the opportunity to recreate the US. This involves making a wide variety of decisions revolving around climate, topography, and people. They will share the features of their country with other students while exploring and explaining how it differs from the US that exists today.