Use this blog to find educational games, activities, and assignments you can easily incorporate into your lessons. One of my favorite lessons I viewed involves students watching a video clip from the movie, A Christmas Carol. Following the video, there are several follow-up activities. Some ideas geared for 3-5 students and others suited for older students.
Whether your students celebrate a December holiday at home or not, they are likely to be distracted with merrymaking and the number of days until winter break. Through teachers' ideas posted on Scholastic, you will find classroom ideas and activities that capture the fun of celebrating while also tying into the curriculum. I really liked the activity which uses scrapbook pages as holiday gifts.
As winter break nears, students' energy level and often their noise level can increase. Students are excited about their vacation and time with family. As you work to keep your students directed and calm during December, try some of these simple classroom management tips described listed in this link. I think you should try idea #5 which uses a large gingerbread man to manage classroom behavior.
Are you a middle school or high school teacher and want to find ideas for using the December holidays in a meaningful way for students? This link offers ways to learn about customs and holidays celebrated by different cultures from around the world. Check out the suggestions for planning instruction to teach students all about Chanukah. I found these resources to be very informative and helpful.
Here's a multimedia activity to implement in instruction as your class celebrates winter holidays. As students learn about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and other holidays around the world, they will explore scrapbooks to study the history and traditions these holidays are founded on.
December can be a special time for family and friends to gather and celebrate. It can also be a season, particularly in schools, where children feel uneasy, excluded, and disregarded. There are social and educational benefits to learning about religious and cultural celebrations, but educators need to be mindful of each student's beliefs and backgrounds as they plan instruction. This article has guidelines to consider as you plan your holidays lessons.
Education World offers 7 lessons to direct students' enthusiasm about winter break and December celebrations. Combining fun and learning, these activities utilize a range of skills through graphs, graphic organizers, bulletin board ideas, and more. Through engaging lessons, students can use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast different holidays, design a map to show the likelihood of a white Christmas in their area or across the country, and rewrite popular holiday songs.