Even though December can be one of the shortest teaching months, it can be the most stressful months. Why? Well, a LOT is going on in the month of December. On top of teaching, you might even have to plan for parties. Here are a few holiday activities that may help you in December.
Winter Holiday Activities
December is will host the first day of winter. This is a great time to talk about the weather changing. You can teach about snow and how snow is formed (the water cycle).
You want to talk about how the weather is getting colder and that we may need to wear warmer clothing during these months.
This is also a great time to talk about how blubber or fat keeps animals warm. A great activity might be to have two large bowls of ice water. Grab two Ziplock Bags. Fill one ziplock bag with Crisco or Lard. Place the empty one in that one (to keep the kiddos’ hands clean). Then have students place one hand in the ice water without the “blubber” and one with the “blubber.” Students will be amazed how much the extra fat helps animals stay warm.
Another fun winter topic is snowmen. You may want to do some writing activities or art activities to learn about snowmen.
Yum! This is a fun time to talk about the different types of cookies. Maybe have some taste testing. Then, Graph which cookies are the most favorite.
If possible, ask the lunchroom manager if she would mind baking some cookies that your class makes. This is a great opportunity to teach fractions and measurements. It is also one of my favorite holiday activities.
Another great cookie topic is the history of cookies. Where did a certain cookie originate from?
Read books like The Gingerbread Man. There are SEVERAL different versions that are fun and keep the students engaged.
For art, you can decorate cookies. This is always fun for the students to do during December.
If permitted by your school district, teach about Christmas. You can start with the history of Christmas.
Christmas around the world is fun for students (and teachers). I enjoyed learning alongside the students about each culture. For several years our 1st grade teachers would choose a country to host. The students would rotate through each country and learn about their culture for Christmas. There are several different holiday activities in each country. These holiday activities may include food, art, language, and so much more!
This is another great time to talk about your students’ family traditions. What food do they eat at Christmas? What family members come to visit? What does their day look like on Christmas Day?
Santa is another popular topic with the students. You might teach about the history of Santa Claus. Writing a letter to Santa is a great activity. Several holiday activities can be done with Santa in mind.
Have fun and enjoy the season with your students. Here are some resources that will help you get though December. Just think, you are halfway done with the school year. Another break is right around the corner.
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