Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Joy to the world...........happy happy happy! I truly love this time of year but not everyone is always so cheerful, especially stressed out teachers. Many times the
teachers students have "holiday fever" and are grumpy, needing vacation extra energetic and extra unfocused on school work. I have learned the more we stick with our normal routines the better! However, who wants to go through December without fun activities? Well, I guess the Grinch but besides him everyone wants to decorate and have fun - without the stress!
(knocking on wood) Throughout the years my classes are well behaved and work hard during the holiday excitement. My secret? Keep with the curriculum but plan one fun activity a day and do the activity at the end of the day. Christmas activities can be used as a bribe.......yes, I said it. I'm not to proud to bribe my students.
My fourth grade team, a.k.a. The Fab Fourth, has already planned our fun! Here's some of what we have in store (with help from Pinterest)...
This year I am planning on having the students write a letter of appreciation to their family for a gift (to go along with the crayon ornament above). We get to practice our writing skills and at the same time talk about appreciation and that the holidays are not just about getting presents.
I also read The Twelve Days of Christmas in Texas. It is an awesome book and really sparks some awesome creative writing. Read my post about this incredible book here.
This post is getting long so I will tell you all about our Twas the Night Before Christmas rotation in next time. But before you go I created a little freebie for you to use in your classroom. Just click on the picture below to download a Making Words Christmas version.