Ella Fitzgerald was orphaned in early childhood and moved to New York to attend an orphanage school in Yonkers. In 1959, Ella Fitzgerald was the first black woman to win a Grammy. She began her career at age fifteen, at the Harlem’s Apollo Theater where she won an amateur contest. Fitzgerald recorded the well-known “A Tisket-A-Tasket” in 1938 and it became Chick Webb’s band’s first hit. She developed her famous skat singing style while on a tour with Dizzy Gillespie. Known as the “First Lady of Jazz,” Fitzgerald became one of the most celebrated singers of the century. During her career she recorded more than 250 albums and won 13 Grammys. She also won the Kennedy Center Honor, the National Medal of the Arts, and the American Black Achievement Award.
Read "Skit-Skat Raggedy Cat; Ella Fitzgerald" by Roxanne Orgill
Create Your Own Rhythm Makers
Supplies Needed; Plastic Easter eggs, corn kernels, white tape, plastic spoons, and markers to decorate.
Directions; put some corn kernels into the plastic egg. Sandwich the egg between two plastic spoons, using the bowl of the spoons to cradle the egg. Wrap the tape around the spoons and egg until the egg is secure. Next wrap the stems of the spoons together to create a handle. Allow the children to decorate the tape.
Marie Curie was a Polish-born physicist and chemist and one of the most famous scientists of her time. Together with her husband Pierre, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1903, and she went on to win another in 1911. Marie Curie is remembered for her discovery of radium and polonium, and her huge contribution to the fight against cancer.
Read "Who was Marie Curie" by Megan Stine
Preform a science experiment just like Marie Curie.
Supplies Needed; Vinegar, baking soda, a balloon and a water bottle.
Directions; Start off by carefully measuring 80 mls vinegar (use the scientific name "acetic acid" for extra fun) and pour it into a water bottle. Using a funnel, fille a balloon with 2 tablespoons baking soda (call this sodium bicarbonate). Attach the balloon to the bottle, pick up the balloon and watch the chemical reaction occur.
Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. In 1882, she fell ill and was struck blind, deaf and mute. Beginning in 1887, Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, helped her make tremendous progress with her ability to communicate, and Keller went on to college, graduating in 1904. In 1920, Keller helped found the ACLU. During her lifetime, she received many honors in recognition of her accomplishments.
Read "Helen Keller; Courage in the Dark" by Johanna Horwitz
Learn to Write in Braille
Supplies Needed; gemstones, a pencil, glue, and a print out of the template (below)
Directions; Aid children in creating their names in Braille. Assist them in locating and recreating the letters of their name in the bubbles by putting a dot of glue in the bubbles that represent each of the letters of their name. Allow the glue to dry, then ask thew children to close their eyes and feel the letters of their name. Also, consider asking the children to share their name with other children and guess each letter.