Saturday, December 9, 2017

How to Engage Students the Weeks Before the Holidays


In the Weeks Before the Holidays


Let me tell you what I do so you can implement this in your classroom with your students for high engagement the weeks before the holiday breaks.

In the two weeks before winter break, I like to pause the serious art projects and do something lighter.  The students have holiday fever and are busy taking serious tests in their other classes. So, I like to give them something really fun. I think it cuts down on misbehavior which is a big deal in the weeks before the break. 

Offer a Choice


I talk to the students about how we are still doing art before we begin. I tell them they will use visual discrimination, drawing, and creative decision making skills. I model how to play the game and how to add my own ideas to the work. Then, I offer them a choice of which Art & Roll game they complete. 

I gave my students four choices, but the two you see in the following pics were the most popular. I made sure to offer at least one choice that wasn't holiday-specific. The snowman is more winter-theme. I want to make sure there is something for everyone.

Materials


I let the students use pencils, black Sharpies, crayons, regular watercolors, and pearlescent watercolors.





I love how they all turn out differently. This is great for an art classroom, but is also great for a regular classroom.



art game for kids

snowman art for kids


snowman art for kids


snowman art for kids


snowman art for kids


snowman art for kids


snowman art for kids


snowman art for kids

holiday art for kids


holiday art for kids


holiday art for kids




holiday art for kids





elf on a shelf


christmas art project  for kids


christmas art project  for kids


christmas art project  for kids


christmas art project  for kids




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