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December Holidays Lesson Plans
Our December resources include Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas, as well as New Year’s Eve. Highlights from the Christmas-themed plans:
Art: making gifts and holiday decorations, and many ornament craft ideas
Language Arts: a Christmas Around the World play; holiday writing activities (letters to the Grinch or the Three Wise Men); seasonal song parodies, and thank you notes for ‘ugly’ gifts
Math: The Twelve Days of Math; Christmas Shopping at Harrod’s, and The Longest and Weirdest Candy Cane
Multidisciplinary: Night Before Christmas and Cowboys at Christmas units
Music: The Ebenezer Scrooge Music Experience; a Nutcracker dance; and Jin-GLE-Bells Hot Potato game
PE: Jingle Bell Basketball; Get the Candy Cane, and Santa’s Workshop strategy games
Social Studies: the history of Santa Claus; the origin of the candy cane; Christmas around the World; planning a celebration, and drawing a community map of Santa’s North Pole
Science: snowflakes and crystals
Technology: using KidPix to create mouse pad presents
Other: lessons on the joys of giving and more!
We have a rather small collection of Hanukkah lesson plans — and wish we had more to share! Do you have any Hanukkah-based lesson plans? Please share them!
Great Hanukkah and Kwanzaa Resources
The award-winning site HanuKat provides teachers with original, secular Hanukkah stories, and a cool interactive way for Jewish children to share Hanukkah and Passover concepts with non-Jewish friends.
Also, check out Kwanzaaland — it’s a great resource, especially the activities on the children’s page.
In The News
Teachers Who Bully
Over at Concordia University’s blog, they are talking about several disturbing “students being bullied” stories thhat have made national headlines. The most shocking part? Teachers are the ones doing the bullying.
On The Sidelines
Some critics call it radical, while others say it’s the future of education: ‘Flip the Classroom’ is based on the simple concept that kids can watch educational videos of lecture material — on their own time, in class or at home.
Hot Topics Right Now On Our Blogs
Putting Students In The Driver’s Seat
I have always been a fan of giving students owner rights in the classroom. I think if they share responsibility, they behave better and learn better. This week I am trying to give them more responsibility in generating driving questions for our topic of study.
New Standards Are Coming
There is a lot you can learn from reading state science standards. Mostly, you learn that there is little difference between the standards of the 1980’s and those of the new decade. There are some changes coming. They cannot come soon enough.
Tinkering As A Teaching Tool
A few days ago, I walked into a science class and was instantly reminded of my grandfather’s garage. There on a table in the corner was a dissected toaster and next to that was a dissected computer printer. Two generations of technology all parted out, so the inner genius of their design could be seen by all the students. This teacher was on to something important.
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