Ugly Holiday Sweater Activity - Modern Historical Figures and Cultural Icons

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  1. Keep your students engaged before the holiday break with this fun ugly Christmas sweater activity. Students will think critically about their chosen or assigned figure as they apply their knowledge to design a custom ugly sweater. Before getting started with the design process, students can read a s
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Keep your students engaged before the holiday break with this fun ugly Christmas sweater activity. Students will think critically about their chosen or assigned modern historical figure or cultural icon as they apply their knowledge to design a custom ugly sweater. Before getting started with the design process, students can read a short article or view the included PowerPoint presentation to learn about the history of ugly holiday sweaters and the different elements that go into their design such as colors, symbols, patterns, and 3D objects. After designing their sweaters, students can write about or present why they chose certain symbols, colors, etc. to represent their figure and the meaning behind each of them. This fun way to showcase learning can be used as an assessment, independent work, an early finisher activity, or a fun activity for classroom holiday parties. The sweaters make beautiful displays for bulletin boards, and students will love seeing each other’s work through a gallery walk.

This resource includes:

1. 3 sweater templates for each person (all come in black & white and color options)

2. 2-page article about the history of ugly holiday sweaters

3. Student directions and design tips (including information about color psychology)

4. Editable PowerPoint about the history of ugly sweaters (can be used instead of the article and allows you to edit student directions)

5. 19 different examples to share with students (at least 2 from this set)

6. Teacher tips

7. Blank sweater templates for additional flexibility

***Please note: This resource can be adapted to use with lower grade levels. I recommend just using the PowerPoint as a class instead of relying on the 2-page article about the history of ugly holiday sweaters. Similar information is included in both! Students in upper elementary will definitely be able to complete this activity!***

The people in this set include:

  1. Alan Turing
  2. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
  3. Angela Davis
  4. Beyonce
  5. Bill Gates
  6. Bob Dylan
  7. Bruce Lee
  8. Celine Dion
  9. Ellen DeGeneres
  10. Fred Rogers
  11. Frida Kahlo
  12. Harvey Milk
  13. Hillary Clinton
  14. Jackie Joyner Kersee
  15. Jane Goodall
  16. Jim Henson
  17. Jim Thorpe
  18. John Legend
  19. John Lewis
  20. John McCain
  21. Julia Child
  22. Justin Trudeau
  23. Katherine Johnson
  24. Lin Manuel Miranda
  25. Mae Jemison
  26. Malala Yousafzai
  27. Margaret Mead
  28. Maria Tallchief
  29. Martin Luther King Jr.
  30. Maya Angelou
  31. Misty Copeland
  32. Muhammad Ali
  33. Neil Armstrong
  34. Nelson Mandela
  35. Oprah Winfrey
  36. Pope Francis
  37. Queen Elizabeth II
  38. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  39. Sally Ride
  40. Sandra Day O’Connor
  41. Selena
  42. Sonia Sotomayor
  43. Stan Lee
  44. Stephen Hawking
  45. Steve Jobs
  46. Steven Spielberg
  47. Terry Fox
  48. Walt Disney
  49. Wangari Maathai
  50. Warren Buffett
  51. Whoopi Goldberg
  52. Will Rogers
  53. Wilma Mankiller

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