President’s Day (Week) Activities

We have done several activities this week to help celebrate President’s Day.

Monday, we played a game where we learned about heads and tails.  I made up my own version last year:


I have small 3oz. bathroom cups for each child and one penny.  They put the penny in the cup and shake a few times and dump it out on their paper.  They record on the graph; by cutting out the appropriate picture.  The penny side that gets its graphing column filled up first is the “winner”.


Wednesday, we played the water dropper game.  Each child made a prediction about how many water drops they thought it would take to fill up one side of a penny before the water spilled over the side.  They wrote down their prediction and then the actual number.  I used droppers–I got them from Steve Spangler Science (less than $10.00 for 100 of them).

(In this picture you see we are using plastic medicine droppers–this is from last year–I forgot to take pictures!!)


Thursday, we noticed that some of the pennies were dirty, so we started thinking about ways to clean them.  We made a list of things we could try:

hair spray

water (hot, cold, and soapy)

lemon juice





baking soda


We will be trying these out tomorrow and letting them sit over the weekend, so we’ll see what the results are!!  Tomorrow, before we begin, we will make a hypothesis and some predictions about what will happen.


Kristen 🙂

About Kristen Poindexter

I am the 2014 National Shell Science Teacher, 2014 PAEMST Awardee for Science, and a Kindergarten teacher who blogs about my adventures in teaching!

Posted on February 25, 2011, in President's Day. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I LOVE these adorable ideas for President’s day!
    Did the children actually think of things like peroxide, coke-a- cola, and vinegar? Perhaps some of them have had some previous experience
    with cleaning pennies… just wondering!


  2. Hi,
    Using the vocabulary in these lessons are a wonderful way for students to increase their writing skills. In our writing program we use many different tecniques for the kids to create different images to broaden his or her imagination. The lessons you have shown, will allow the kids to create more visuals for them to use in their writing activites. Thanks for the ideas!


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