December is a time filled with many sights, sounds and other senses. The anticipation of vacation and the holidays means it’s time to pull out some creative lesson plans for winter. These December lesson plans will make everyone merrier.
Cut out enough snowflakes for your class on a die cut machine. Punch a hole in the top of the snowflake. Cut up enough string to make a loop for the snowflake to hang it. Students will be writing snowflake similes. Remind students that a simile is a comparison using like or as. An example could be: Snowflakes are like tiny wishes falling from the sky. Students should write at least two on the snowflake and then decorate with markers and glitter. Hang them up around the classroom for a beautiful winter atmosphere.
Kwanzaa is a holiday that celebrates African heritage. One important aspect of the Kwanzaa celebration is the seven principles of Kwanzaa or Nguzo Saba. Unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, collective economics, purpose, creativity and faith are all principles. Go to holidays.net to find more information about these principles. Discuss with children the seven principles of Kwanzaa and what they mean. Then make this colorful Kwanzaa plaque to display the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Find this art project on crayola.com.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Character Change
In books, many characters undergo some sort of change. The change may be good or bad. Often times, a certain event helps a character go from good to bad or cowardly to brave. Read children the classic Seuss tale, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Use a Character Trait Chart to help students see where the Grinch’s character changes in the story. Students can then write a paragraph describing this change.
Make this fun art project using your hands. First discuss the significance of the menorah by reading a little history from apples4theteacher.com. Then, students will trace their hands to make the backdrop for the eight candles. The thumbs become the base of the menorah. Color in the menorah using markers and hang with string. See a finished example and complete directions at crayola.com.
How do Animals Adapt in the Winter?
When it gets colder, we simply put on a jacket and turn up the heater. However, how does life change for animals? Students must choose an animal and then use the Internet or library to find answers to the following questions: what sort of shelter do they use? Does this animal hibernate? Does their fur change color? How do they find food and what sort of food do they eat in the winter? Students can write their findings in a report form on the computer or by hand. Or do a winter scavenger hunt to find the information with a partner.