Holiday Ideas Galore!

Over the course of my Thanksgiving Break, I was busy looking for things to do that would enhance my already preset lessons (we have 3 weeks before winter break and I basically know what content will be covered because of the pacing plans).  So where did I turn for inspiration??  Pinterest of course.

Since the holidays are coming up, specifically our holiday show...which is going to take up quite some time to finalize and put together, I started there.  We will be doing two things:  a song with the entire 5th grade and a poem with one other 5th grade class.  The song is set (and I am STOKED about it) but the poem is still left to be decided.  So I scoured and scoured and finally decided upon The Night Before Christmas (Little Golden Book) .  Tried and true.  During the two weeks leading up to the performance though, I thought I would do a little lesson study on the poem.  I found this pin here, which lead me to a lap book template for lots and lots of activities to do with the poem.  I have more to do with it, but this is a great place to start...and I am excited!

Then, in math, our geometry unit is in full swing.  I am sure you have seen these two pins around the web.
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Well, I am taking these art projects and making them more mathy.  Following the directions on the websites (linked above in the caption of the picture) of the original pins, the students will create the art.   Then, for each, different geometric processes will be put into action.

This one will be slightly different than the kinder example above, in that I am going to have the students cut their own branches.  They have to be varying widths and lengths to fully create the tree.  After the students construct this tree, I will have them measure the "branches" using a centimeter ruler.  They will then find the area and perimeter of each branch. Simple, to the point, and right within our standards.  Perfect!  Click here to get the recording sheet.






Then, once the students have created the pretty tissue paper trees, I will have them cut them out into varying types of triangles.  They must have at least one example of each type of triangle we are studying (scalene, isosceles, obtuse, and acute...will spare them the right triangle as it will look weird I think!)  They will then name them, and measure the angles...being sure it all equals 180 degrees.  Not only are they going to have fun with the art, but they will get to name triangles and practice using a protractor (plus realize that all angles lead up to 180).  Win-win.  Click here to get the recording sheet.

EDITED TO ADD....I have actually done this project now.  Click here to go to the blog post about it...with pictures and everything.  They came out SO good!!!



And finally, in our on-going unit on poetry, we are firmly in the middle of the figurative language and poetic devices that are used within poetry.  So I created this little project I am calling a "Christmas Poet-Tree"!  They will learn all about the different poetic devices, create their own samples (in a Christmas or winter theme) and then put it all together to make these cute little 3-D trees.  I know my kids will love this one!  Just imagine the tree to the side with actual poetry on each face, and colored to look like a Christmas tree....or winter tree if the child chooses.  (this one is in my store.  You can get it here if you would like)



Ok...so that is the planning I have done (on top of the stuff for exploration and the periodic table/chemistry unit stuff I also did!)

Need more ideas?  Laura Candler is having a Holiday Learning Link Up!  Head on over for even more holiday ideas.

What do you have planned for the upcoming holidays?  Anything NOT related to Christmas (which I also need to find stuff on!)

8 comments

  1. Hey Stephanie! You found a ton of great ideas--thanks for sharing! We are going to be swamped with assessments and report cards, so I am grateful for you sharing your finds. This time always comes up so suddenly, doesn't it?

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    1. This time of year happens all too fast. I think I have a long time to plan and get it all done and then...we are locking up for break. Crazy how time speeds up this time of year.

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  2. I love the integration of something fun and creative that allows the kids to apply their math skills. We're not starting geometry for a bit, but you're giving me some ideas for when we do-thanks!

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    1. Glad I could get your creative juices flowing :)

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  3. Hey girl! Love the new blog layout! I love the "poet-trees"... I just might have to make those in my 3rd grade room.

    Lindsay
    My Life as a Third Grade Teacher

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    1. Hi Lindsay! Haven't seen you in a while :) Thanks! Kristen did the design and I love it too!

      Glad you like the poet-trees. If you do them, I would love to see a picture :)

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  5. Love these ideas, Stephanie. You know that I'm always looking at how to make "cute" more mathy:)

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