This is a great packet to use during the week before winter break when students are full of energy. The activities will keep students engaged and interested. Schedule 45-60 minutes per day if you follow this schedule.
Here is a suggested schedule:
Monday—Changing Friction & Exploring Friction
Students will read about friction, complete a graphic organizer, and explore friction in various surfaces using plastic lids.
Tuesday—Rudolph’s Shiny Nose
Students will explore simple circuits by helping Rudolph light his nose. Very detailed instructions included so you will feel comfortable with the batteries and wires. Link to video instructions included.
Students will modify a shoebox to design a nonslip sleigh for Santa. Can they design a shoebox that won't slide down the slide? Link to video included.
Students will use base 10 blocks to determine how many presents the sleigh will hold. Grading scale included to assess the hands on problem solving performance task.
Friday—Design a Sleigh
Students will decorate the sleigh and create a commercial to convince Santa to choose their model. Rubric included. Great way to incorporate creativity and the arts!
This 17 page packet includes:
Unit Overview and Planning Chart
Changing Friction Notes to Teacher
Changing Friction Reading Passage and Graphic Organizer
Exploring Friction Notes to Teacher
Exploring Friction Investigation Student Page
Rudolph’s Shiny Nose Notes to Teacher
Christmas Light Circuit Picture Directions
Friction Sleigh Notes to Teacher
Friction Sleigh Letter to Parents
Friction Sleigh Student Recording Page
Presents Volume Notes to Teacher
Presents Volume Math Task Student Page
Presents Volume Grading Scale
Design a Sleigh Notes to Teacher
Design a Sleigh Student Directions and Rubric
Everything you need to keep your students interested and engaged in that crazy week before break!
Looking for Christmas and winter resources that are More Than a Worksheet?
✰ Christmas STEAM Integrated Unit
✰ 12 Days of Christmas Research Project
✰ Maker Space Task Cards Christmas Edition
✰ Maker Space Task Cards Holiday Bundle
✰ Build a Haiku (Winter Snow)
✰ STEM Trifold Snowball Slinger
✰ Christmas Trees at the White House