Are you still in bed skipping out on the adrenaline rush like me? or did you brave the crowds?
Either way, we wouldn't want teachers to be left out of all the Black Friday Fun, so we all have some goodies on sale for you today!
I am certain that from Halloween to Easter I am in a complete daze...it's one holiday after another! While I absolutely love teaching all about the holidays, I do still have to stick to those ol' Common Core standards!
So here's how I get through the holiday daze
Each week beginning in December we learn about the stories behind a few winter holidays. My grade level chose Diwali, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Three Kings Day, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. These all revolve around the theme of light and all have amazing stories and characters. So there's my Literature and Informational standards!
Note that in the past I did one holiday per day. Different kids means different plans!
I made a powerpoint for each holiday along with an interactive "booklet" if you will. It's more of a note-taking form in my classroom, not a final product, but it is pretty enough to be one! And you can skim the top or go as deep as you want with this file. Every teacher is different, even within my grade level, so I kept that in mind when making this product.
I do this is small groups sitting around a laptop.
so here are the powerpoints and activities that cover ALL the holidays. Each presentation can be projected or printed and bound into a book! And each one follows the same order-who, what, when, why, and where.
here's an example
this is just the booklet which also follows the 5 W's.
and here are the activities that you can use to go deeper into one or more of the holidays.
My absolute favorite activity is The Christmas Story comic strip...oh the responses I have gotten!