So, what I'd like to share with you are some ideas of what you can do those days before holiday breaks when your kids are READY to walk out the door before you on Friday!
I'm guilty of trying to "cram" in that last lesson and trying to wrap up a unit before we leave for a break. Sometimes my planning is perfect and the planets align and I'm actually able to pull it off...But that's usually not the case.
So, what I've started to do for the past few years are some fun "History of..." activities of the holidays before that particular holiday. My students LOVE it! They are activities that engage my students at a time when they are "antsy" and ready for a break! I try to include reading/writing/technology/videos to keep them fully engaged. Depending on the activity, I may just do it on the Friday before we break, or perhaps Thursday and Friday. It depends on the year and the class! I have quite a few holiday related activities I do throughout the year, click HERE to see them in my store!
Tomorrow, I'll be doing one of my favorite activities with my students where we delve into a brief history of Thanksgiving and a history of the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US. Click the image below to see this activity in my store:
My students really get into this activity and it's a great way to end the week! I want to also share with you some other websites that have some great ideas for sharing the History of Thanksgiving:
- Thanksgiving History
- Passenger list of the Mayflower
- National Geographic-Kids History of Thanksgiving
- Library of Congress-Thanksgiving/Primary Source Photos
- Scholastic-History of Thanksgiving Activity
- REALY COOL site with primary sources related to the Pilgrims and sailing of the Mayflower
What are some activities that you do around the holidays? I'd love to hear!
Have a WONDERFUL and WELL-DESERVED holiday break!