5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 6, 2014 10:00 AM by pterry RSS

Holiday Challenge

pterry Novice
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Want to see your “Name in Lights?” Simply post a message here that describes an activity you might integrate into your Language Arts curriculum that taps into your students’ enthusiasm for the winter holidays. We’ll feature several of these great ideas within the community…stay tuned!

  • Re: Holiday Challenge
    kim.sellers New User
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    I remember as a child having my teachers ask us to write what we thought would be our very best Christmas present. As a teacher in today's world, I realize that I have many students who are in situations where there may be no presents, and their families may not even be together, so I have tried to change the perspective of this sort of writing activity.

     

    One I have tried is to ask students to take on the character of a favorite character from a book or movie and describe what they (the student) would give to that character if they could give them anything. It's very interesting to see how they approach this.

     

    Another time I had them describe what gift they would give to a relative....a grandparent, parent, sibling, Aunt, Uncle or cousin.

     

    Has anyone else done something similar? ( I teach 4th grade.)

     

    Kim

    • Re: Holiday Challenge
      Jane Brown Master
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      What a nice activity...you put the emphasis on what to give (and in an interesting way as you have them select a favorite character from a book) rather than what they want to get.  A story that would lead into this lesson on gift-giving is The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry where Della sells her hair to buy her husband a gold fob for his father's precious watch and Jim sells his watch to get the money to buy her combs for her hair.

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    Jeanne Rogers Apprentice
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    The holidays are a great time to talk about books and so many wonderful stories to share. However, why not try sharing book talks by recording with a mobile device?  You could choose to use GarageBand (Apple) or Audacity (PC) to record and then export as an mp3 or mp4.  There are many 'voice' Apps available for both iOS and Android.

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    Jane Brown Master
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    There are so many great children's books about snow and snowmen and I saw a wonderful activity that my granddaughter did in Kindergarten that I thought I would share with you.

     

    Teachers love to come up with activities that create a present a child may take home to their parents as a Christmas gift.  And we have all seen those cute handprints in plaster hung on the wall, those turkeys created from a handprint that hang on the refrigerator, and now for Christmas, my granddaughters class put their hand in paint and wrapped their hand around a Christmas ornament, to create a lasting gift that would hang on their Christmas tree.  After the paint of their handprint dried they used permanent markers to add features to their little finger which took on the look of snowmen.

     

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    Thank you, Lily.

     

    This idea is a little late for this Christmas but I thought it was really cute.  I know some of you like to collect ideas for your classroom.  :-)

    • Re: Holiday Challenge
      pterry Novice
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      This is adorable. Last year, 2012 actually, while visiting my niece in Denver, her daughter had a friend over with her mother who actually did this with the kids at the house. Maybe she had learned it from her daughter's school....pretty cool! Thanks for sharing. What's really great is that this can be done throughout the "snowy" season and saved to present at an appropriate time!  I'll definitely pass this along to others for next season.

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