It’s time to think about holiday lessons!
Though it may feel like school only began, it is the time of year when teachers think about holiday songs and activities. October has Halloween, November has Thanksgiving, December and January have all the religious and cultural holidays such as Christmas, Eid, and Hmong New Year, February is Valentine’s Day, then there’s St. Patrick’s Day, spring, Easter, May Day, Flag Day, and summer! Heck, you could do themed lessons all year and not run out of material!
Here are some of my offerings to add a little “seasoning” to your teaching “entree”!
Free Turkey Clip Art
There is one full image of a turkey, as well as a blank turkey body and some loose feathers. You also get a black line version of the designs. It’s great for creating your own games, visuals, or worksheets.
I Have a Little Snowman: Interactive Song Game
I’ve been waiting for years to unveil this activity on TpT and it is finally here. I created this around 2007 as a way to introduce the song “The Snowman” to my Kindergarteners. At that time, I had a projector on a cart, a borrowed laptop, and a plain dry erase board. But the kids still loved it! The addition of a SMART Board has made this activity much smoother and it remains an annual hit with my younger elementary students. Watch a video demonstration here.
What are your favorite seasonal activities? Leave a comment below!
Here are three great new ideas for Back-to-School 2015!
1. Personality Bingo
I print off 4×4 bingo sheets with different descriptors in each box. The descriptors includes statements such as, “Someone who is colorblind.” “Someone who has never broken a bone.” “Someone with braces.” Everyone in the room gets the same sheet. You walk around the room and ask people about themselves. When you find someone with a characteristic that matches one ofthe boxes, you hand them your paper and have them sign their name in the box. You continue until most people’s sheets are full. This activity is great because it involves both the extroverted and introverted students. The extroverted students love the chance to walk around and talk to everyone in an unstructured environment. The introverted students appreciate that they only have to talk to one person at a time and that the conversation topics are already provided. You can easily make your own or you can take a look at this one I’ve already made for you.
2. Beethoven Grab Bag
Write different fun facts about Beethoven (include both true and false!) on small cards or pieces of paper. Fold them and put them in a paper lunch bag decorated with music notes. Hold the bag out to a student, have him or her draw a card, read it out loud, and guess if the statement is true or false. The more unique the facts you include, the more fun the kids will have! I would include about 16 cards for a class of 25. You can put the cards back in the bag and allow them to be read more than once so that everyone gets a turn, or you can just let 16 kids have a turn and do it again the next class period as a review, letting the remaining kids have a turn. If you don’t have the time to make it yourself, check out this one I made for you. There are 18 true/false cards, 18 question/answer cards (with the same facts as the T/F cards), blank cards for you to make your own, clip art for decorating your bag, and ideas for other fun games. Try “Beethoven in a Nutshell”: Put the facts in a helmet (the “nutshell”) and have kids compete for points in a team game!
3. Beethoven Poke Sheet
This amazingly fun activity allows, no, REQUIRES kids to POKE HOLES in their paper! My room is carpeted and kids have been doing this for years. I’ve only just now realized I can make it into a fun, productive activity! The worksheet is filled with true and false statements about Beethoven (the same ones I’ve included in my Beethoven Grab Bag) next to black dots. The students select the correct answer by poking their pencil through the paper on the black dot. On the back of the page, correct answers (holes) reveal the code to a secret message. If they do the assignment correctly, they will get the message! It was time-consuming to create but I know it’s going to be a hit.