Provide paper with a writing pattern : I wish I had 50 _____________ Ask students to fill in the missing word and illustrate their wish. Assemble all the papers to make a class book.
Provide grocery flyers and catalogues. Ask students to find articles that are 50 cents or $50 and cut and paste onto sheets of paper. Cut out from flyers or newspapers any number 5's or zeroes and use to decorate a piece of paper. Provide small blocks, pattern pieces, corks, pick-up sticks, etc., and ask students to make up a pattern using 50 of the chosen material.
Explain to students that Barbie was born on March 9th, 1959. Invite them to design a piece of clothing for her. Mr. Potato Head was born in the 50's. Draw a series of potatoes and on each one draw a different expression. Draw a picture of how you think you will look when you are 50 years old.
Social Studies Center
The 50th State of the United States is Hawaii. Perhaps you could have a class luau or make a Hawaiian craft such as a lei.
Provide a series of pictures showing people, food, fashion, events, household appliances, a jukebox, a record player, etc., from the 50's. Ask students to draw the equivalent in today's modern style.
Provide hula hoops and invite students to try to "hula" 50 times without stopping.