Friday, August 15, 2014

National Lemonade Day ~ August 20th *Freebies, charity & entrepreneurs

Nothing says summer like a refreshing glass of lemonade! So, why is this day celebrated as my summer is ending and I am going back to school? Cruel irony!

Actually, National Lemonade Day isn't about the drink. It's about kid entrepreneurs. There is a website, lemondadeday.org, that will help you learn more. Here is how they define this holiday: Simply put, Lemonade Day is about providing kids of all ages the opportunity to EXPERIENCE entrepreneurship by planning, starting, owning, and operating their own business:  a lemonade stand!
Another important organization to recognize on this day is Alex's Lemonade Stand. Alex Scott battled cancer throughout her short life. Not long after she turned 4, Alex voiced the desire to start a lemonade stand to raise money to help other kids who are sick. She had this thought as she was in the hospital courageously fighting her own battle with cancer. Later that year, she did have a lemonade stand and earned the first 2,000 for this cause. She lost her battle with cancer when she was only 8 years old. Word had spread about her lemonade stand and many had contributed. Children around the world were starting their own lemonade stands to raise money. By that time, her little lemonade stand and those of others around the world, had raised over 1 million to help find a cure for childhood cancer! ALSF (Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation) has chosen to celebrate National Lemonade Days in June and thousands of events and lemonade stands have fundraising during those days. You can have a lemonade stand anytime and support this effort. Just check out all the resources on their page and register the dates for your lemonade stand. You can watch a video of Alex's story here or click on the picture above to purchase the book from the gift shop. Here are some really cute free printables to host your own lemonade stand to donate to ALSF. If you love all things lemon, you may want to follow this Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation pinterest board, which is full of yummy looking recipes.
As you head back to the classroom, you might be interested in these refreshing lemonade freebies!
1) Read and Sequence worksheet for making lemonade by Snippet's by Sarah
I love Sarah's creations and use her monthly centers every day in my 1st grade classroom. I'm always delighted to find a freebie by her! This one has super cute clipart by Creative Clips, too. :) You can download this worksheet for free at Sarah's blog. While your there, follow her blog and even leave a comment to let her know you appreciate the free page.
2) Lemonade Time Scoot by Mrs. Humphries Class
My class has so much fun with Scoot games (I have several of them in my TPT store) and this game has time to the hour and half hour which will be a perfect review for my firsties at the beginning of the year. Score!! Thank you, for this great freebie Mrs. Humphries! The clocks in the middle of the lemons are super cute. :)
3) The Lemonade Stand, a thematic reading mini unit by Creative to the Core
Wow! This is a wonderful freebie! It has a list of books about lemonade stands, 3 graphic organizers, writing stationary, a writing booklet and comprehension questions.
4) Lemonade Math Centers by Buggy for Learning
This one is geared more towards second grade, but there are some things I can use with my first graders now or I could save it for the end of the year when I could use the whole pack as review activities.
5) Lemonade Graphing by Brooke Eagerton
This pack was made to go with the book Lemonade for Sale by Stuart Murphy. There are a few colorful graphs that correlate with the book and then some task cards. It's great to find some free graphing activities!
6) Lemonade Digital Papers by Ashley Hughes
If you're looking for some bright and sunny digital papers then don't miss this freebie by Ashley!

Coming soon....
Enjoy your weekend! Don't forget to drink lemonade next week - you have the perfect excuse! :)


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