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.
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.
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!)
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!)