Wednesday, 12 December 2012

December Lesson Ideas

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Winter break is just around the corner! Do your students celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Three Kings Day? Maybe they celebrate St. Lucia Day or Ramadan. December offers great opportunities for teaching about our multicultural world.  Here are some fun suggestions that will keep your students engaged until winter break, suggested by Eye on Education and by Education World.

1. Holiday Projects: Classroom Decorating and Gift-Making Ideas
Are you tired of doing the same holiday art project year after year? Here you can get handprint wreathes, tissue paper bows, dozens of more ideas.

2. Emphasize the Giving -- Not the Getting -- This Holiday Season
Are your students too focused on the gimme elements of the holiday season? Teach them about the true meaning of the season by emphasizing the giving over the getting.

3. Brighten Up the Holidays with Cross-Curriculum Activities
Across-the-curriculum activities that teach skills while celebrating the season.

4. Give Your Students the Dickens
Explore some of the student-friendly Dickens Web sites we found and hear from some of the teachers and Dickens fans who created them. Included: Teacher-created ideas for extending the works of Dickens.

5. December Days: Ten Activities to Celebrate a Month of Special Days
Activities for ten special dates in December, a geography teaching master, and more.

6. Sites to See: December Holidays
Don't let the December holidays disrupt the learning in your classroom. These online resources help incorporate the holidays into real learning activities -- and provide a little fun as well. Included: A dozen Web sites for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas.

Students create a timeline to illustrate when popular toys were introduced.

This simple craft will keep students focused and having fun.

Students will develop a plan for decorating a tree in a theme related to a book they have read.

Students apply to become Santa's little helper by writing a letter to him explaining how he/she is qualified to help.

Teach your students about alliteration by having them create festive tongue twisters!

Students will demonstrate an understanding of how different cultures celebrate the winter holidays.

Cut out christmas trees from green paper and glue numbered stars on top of them. Students can use pom pom ornaments to decorate the trees (but only the amount the star said on each tree).

Students will learn the different customs of celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

Students wrap a box (in class or at home) and write a compliment for each other student in the classroom. They then exchange compliments. Each student will have a box full of compliments to take home as a present.

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