I know teachers want to incorporate the holidays without losing rigor or deviating from required standards. So, I found some things that I think will help.
Make sure to check out the first post with numbers 6-10!
Here are numbers 1-5. Hope this is helpful.
Easy Ripped Paper Tree
I love this because tearing paper is hard for kids. I know it seems like they should just be able to do it, and they can as long as there is no objective. It gets hard when they have to intentionally tear paper for a purpose. It requires fine motor skills combined with visual discrimination. So, I love a project where kids have to purposefully tear paper. This project would be a great math lesson for measurement. The kids could measure their strips of paper. Since they are organizing the strips of paper in order of length, they could easily order the measurements as well. This would help the really get a better understanding of comparing numbers. What an awesome visual representation!
Cubist Christmas Tree
This lesson gets students to draw Cubist-style tree. It is a great drawing lesson by itself. However, there are some great connections for measurement and geometry. I love this one because students always find success with the drawing part. It is simple to draw but the math connections are deep. When they can meet a high level of success with the visual aspect of a project, their confidence in the math can easily be increased simultaneously.
|This lesson also has an accompanying resource listed on Teachers Pay Teachers.|
These are just lovely. JUST absolutely lovely. I think these are worthy of standing on their own as a lesson, BUT if you need to integrate another subject, why not let the students write a fairy tale about a forest? That sounds like an amazing time to me!
|From Painted Paper Art|
Salt Dough Ornaments
Everyone loves a keepsake ornament that their child made. This is such a classic. Lots and lots of people are posting about salt dough ornaments, but you can add cinnamon to the recipe for a holiday aroma. Also, did you know there is some science behind this dough? Teach your students about physical reactions with this lesson.
|Here's a little on the science aspect from Sublime Science.|
|This is from Growing a Jeweled Rose and will walk you through how to make the dough.|
I love Snowy Day lessons. This one is my favorite because I've taught this what feels like a million times and have only good things to say about it. Kids love it. I love it. It is fun and includes writing. Kids love making fake snow for their art. This is another one of those projects that almost always turns out lovely. It is a confidence builder for kids for sure!
|This post has an accompanying TpT resource available. Check it out.|
That's all for this top ten list folks. I hope you can use some of these in your classrooms. Let me know if you do. I'd love to see pics!