In fourth grade Social Studies we are studying Texas regions....through this we learn about the native people of the region and the natural resources they used to survive (among many other things). One of my teammates, Lara, came up with an "At Home" holiday project that we all used.
We asked the students and their families to create a Christmas tree using ONLY natural resources that are found outside. We discussed the materials that can be used and sent home a page with directions along with an outline of a Christmas tree printed on card-stock (any tree outline can be used) for the students to glue natural resources on. Boy, were we pleasantly surprised to see the wonderful trees our kiddos turned in. We displayed all the trees (6 classes of up to 24 students) down our hallway. It was a beautiful display of nature!!!! Believe it or not, no trees were exactly alike. Don't get me wrong, not everyone followed directions we had some families add plastic ornaments, pom poms, tinsel, etc. but even with those few that created their own rules to the project, our trees looked marvelous! This is definitely something that will become one of our 4th grade traditions! Hope this inspires you to do something similar whether it is during Christmas time or not. Look at some of the FABULOUS TREES my students created!