Ugly Holiday Sweater Activity - U.S. History

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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 American historical figure 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. Abraham Lincoln
  2. Alexander Hamilton
  3. Annie Oakley
  4. Barack Obama
  5. Benjamin Franklin
  6. Betsy Ross
  7. Booker T. Washington
  8. Cesar Chavez
  9. Clara Barton
  10. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  11. Fred Korematsu
  12. Frederick Douglass
  13. George Washington
  14. George Washington Carver
  15. Geronimo
  16. Harriet Tubman
  17. Harvey Milk
  18. Henry Ford
  19. Jackie Robinson
  20. Jim Thorpe
  21. John F. Kennedy
  22. Langston Hughes
  23. Malcolm X
  24. Mary McLeod Bethune
  25. Muhammad Ali
  26. Neil Armstrong
  27. Paul Revere
  28. Ralph Ellison
  29. Robert Fulton
  30. Roberto Clemente
  31. Rosa Parks
  32. Ruby Bridges
  33. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  34. Sally Ride
  35. Samuel Morse
  36. Sandra Day O’Connor
  37. Sequoyah
  38. Sojourner Truth
  39. Teddy Roosevelt
  40. Thomas Edison
  41. Thomas Jefferson
  42. Thurgood Marshall
  43. W.E.B. Du Bois
  44. Will Rogers

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