Ole! Cacti anyone??

I am officially teaching summer school.  The theme of the summer is "Countries Around the World."  This week we are learning about Mexico.  I made a Mini Unit on Mexico that you can purchase at my TPT Store.  

This mini pack includes 12 sheets:
-compare and contrast
-vocab matching cut and paste
-sheet to draw and write about the flag
-sheet to list favorite Mexican foods
-sheet to describe how Mexican food tastes
-sheet to brainstorm about Mexico
-ABC order practice
-roll dice and color number
-counting "jumping beans"
-cactus craft

Here is a sample of the cactus craft.  I made come cacti, and then added dried rice to make the little thorns (are they called thorns?)
We talked about "jumping beans" and how in Mexico they also cook with beans.  I made a worksheet that the students could count and glue down different beans according to the number in the box.

The students were also able to practice counting and number recognition by rolling the dice and coloring that number.  The kids I am teaching this summer are going into Jr. K or Kindergarten next year.  This type of activity is great for these ages!

I also found a Mexican flag that I printed off Google images for the students to sponge paint.  Because the students are so young, I wanted to introduce a simple part of the country first.  A flag is something tangible and that they could see, so I thought it would be a great place to start.  We compared and contrasted it with the American flag.  Here are some pictures of them sponge painting the Mexican flag.  (If it was the middle of Kindergarten, I would have them cut it out, and write a couple sentences about the flag too.)

I also want to show you a great activity pack that A Cupcake for the Teacher made.  I made the adorable sombrero craft with my students.  There was only one problem.  We were out of the right colored paper...so instead of traditional Mexican colors, we made pastel sombreros.  (I know, but this was one of those moments where I had something in my mind, and I was refusing to be flexible...)

Next week we are learning about Greece...wish me luck! :)  Visit my TPT Store for more goodies! :)


  1. How cute! I'm teaching summer school too but we don't have a cute theme like that {jealous}

    The Learning Tree

  2. These are such cute activities!! I am your newest follower :)

    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

  3. OMG!! You are just a ball of energy and creativity!!! Loved, loved, loved your post about the Hungry Caterpillar play and the quilt, wow!! You are so awesome!! Hope to see you at the blog meet up in Vegas!

    Coloring Outside The Lines

  4. Love the summer school theme!! And love the shout-out, too!! ;)
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  5. Your stuff is too cute! I love all of it!

  6. We used to teach Mexico as one of our country units several years ago. I loved teaching it and miss it so much. The kids learned sooooo much!!

  7. What a fun Unit! Every time I come by your blog I leave feeling so inspired. All of your crafts are so cute and I love that jumping beans activity!