Winter is here, so why not explore the traditions of this holiday period with this theme?
We’ve collected a list of winter themed resources taken from around the globe, plus, there are some great tips on how to make maximum use of your software with your winter lessons.
Celebrate Around the World
This time of year is crammed full of holiday celebrations. Instead of struggling with the excitement of the holiday season, embrace it!
Make a graph. Talk to students about the various celebrations during this time of the year, and chart or graph what religious holidays are celebrated in their households.
Take time to share. This is an exciting time of year for students, and they are eager to share family customs. Whether it’s lighting the Hanukkah candles on the menorah, stringing the Christmaslights on the tree or eating twelve grapes at the stroke of midnight for New Year’s, students love to inform others of their family traditions. Allow time for sharing by encouraging students to make a presentation or bring in a favorite holiday recipe.
Look at a map. Display a map of the world either on the classroom wall or on the interactive whiteboard. Discuss what religion is most common in certain countries, then mark what religious or nonreligious holidays are celebrated for each country during this time of year.
There are so many holiday stories and books out there to read with your students. We asked our Promethean Planet members and Facebook friends to share some of their favorite books to read to students during this time of year.
Here’s what they recommended:
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
The Gift of the Magi – O.Henry
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Barbara Robinson
The Question – Scott J. Langteau
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Do you have a special book you like to read to your students around this time of the year? Share the title with the community, and we’ll update the list!
Make the Connection
Think you can’t teach the winter holidays because you have a curriculum to get through? Nonsense! Take a little holiday cheer and work it into your lessons. Not only will you be teaching necessary skills, but students will love it!
Write a poem. Rather than use standard paper to write a poem on, give students festive shapes like dreidels or trees.
Do a little writing. Assign students the task of writing a persuasive essay to argue why they should receive a particular present, or make the writing task more creative by having students author their own holiday story.
Additional tip: Try giving students a story starter will help point students in the right direction.
Wrap some presents. Gift wrapping is perfect for teaching measurement and surface area calculation.
Review shapes and symmetry. it never fails, students love creating paper snowflakes. Take this love for the arts and crafts, and give it some guidelines. Create rules for the number of shapes have to be included and have students draw the lines of symmetry.