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Holiday celebrations can eat up so much class time at school that I have gathered some resources that disguise learning for holiday celebration activities. I would put a different activity at each station and kids would rotate through the activities. I even used many of these during the holiday party! Many of these I used when I taught sixth grade but I have adapted them across the elementary grades now that I am in the media center.
Some of these activities require technology and some do not. Many that do not require technology can be slightly modified to use with technology. For instance, I will give the kids in the computer lab the “Map of the North Pole” activity and ask them to do it electronically. They might opt to use Kid Pix for this. The story writing activity could also be done with computers. Designing a Christmas Tree could be done electronically with kids drawing a tree and then adding decorations that represent themselves. I’ve also used the Holiday Interview option as a lesson on creating a podcast. The students had a great time as Dr. Phil analyzing Rudolph’s insecurities with his nose, and Rachel Ray interviewing Mrs. Claus for baking tips. The options were endless!
Be creative. Use any, all, or none of these activities as I have designed them. The printable are ready for you to use in the your classroom tomorrow!
Another resource offered by Kathy Cothran, The Original Gadget Girl