Informing & Inspiring New Teachers a Kappa Delta Pi publication Volume 20, No. 2 KDP Executive Director FAYE SNODGRESS Managing Editor SALLY RUSHMORE Assistant Editors KATHIE-JO ARNOFF CARRIE GAFFNEY LAURIE QUAY Art Director CHUCK JARRELL NTA Advisors REA KIRK MADELINE KOVARIK JACQUELINE VIGOTTY GINA RILEY STEPHANIE L. SCHAEFER NICHOLAS J. ULIANO MICHAEL P. WHITMAN W Language Arts Nouns candles ornaments presents lights cookies give twinkle hang decorate wrap Verbs BY MADELINE KOVARIK Students then use the words to write poems like this one. December is when Sparkling lights twinkle, Shiny ornaments hang, and Beautiful presents are given. It’s Christmas time again! For younger students or those needing assis-tance, scaffold the poem by providing a structure: (Month’s name) __________ is when (Adjective) _____________ (Noun)___________ (Verb) _________, (Adjective) ______________ (Noun) _________ (Verb) _________, and, (Adjective) ____________ (Noun) ___________ are (Verb) __________________ It’s (Holiday) _________ time again! This poem and accompanying word lists can be modified for any holiday. Also consider other poetry formats, including acrostic poems (e.g., Christmas: C = Caroling, H = HoHoHo, R = Reindeer, etc.). Find acrostic poem formats for most of the major holidays at Poem Lesson Plans at http://bit.ly/QI5USy When holidays are approaching, the atmosphere and work ethic in your classroom can get disrupted. The challenge is to limit the impact of holiday anticipation on the curriculum. Knowledgeable teachers plan so that academics will continue even during an increasing level of excitement. Blend-ing the holiday with the curriculum is the answer. If the excitement of the December holidays is driving you crazy, brainstorm with your class. The ethnic and religious composition of the students may suggest which holidays your class will include, but you can stretch students’ thinking: Christmas, Chanukah, Bodhi Day, Boxing Day, Eid-al-Adha, Hogmanay, Junkanoo, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, St. Lucia Day, and St. Nicholas Day. To focus on skills highlighted in the Common Core State Standards, include written re-ports (Research to Build and Present Knowledge) or oral reports (Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas). Select two or three holidays celebrated by students in your class or divide the class into small groups to study more holidays. With your students, generate lists of nouns, verbs, and adjectives that relate to those holidays. For example, if the selected holidays are Christmas, Cha-nukah, and St. Lucia Day, you might have this word list: Adjectives beautiful shiny sparkling little delicious ISSN 1070-7379 published four times during the school year by Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158. Send all subscription orders and editorial correspondence to address above, call 1-800-284-3167, or visit KDP Online at www.kdp.org. Subscription rate: $10.00, members, per year, domestic; $12.00, members, foreign; $12.00, nonmembers, do-mestic; $14.00, nonmembers, foreign. Single copies, $3.50 (+s&h). Third-class bulk permit paid at Columbus, Ohio. Postmaster does not return issue to publisher with address change. Subscriber must send changes to: Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158. ©2012 by Kappa Delta Pi. All rights reserved. Mathematics Have children make a list of 2−5 “dream pres-ents” they would like to receive. Using the Internet, students can research the cost of their items. Alter-nately, use weekly newspaper ads; most publish-ers will donate newspapers for classroom use. See Newspapers in Education at http://nieonline.com/ or prepare a list of items with costs from which stu-dents may choose. After they make their present selections, ask students to add the costs of the items.