New Teacher Advocate Winter 2012 : Page 3 More Resources for Holiday Fun • Scholastic Suggestions for holiday books to read, on-line activities, printables, and holiday clip-art. For a more advanced lesson, give students a spending budget so they must first estimate a total cost (Com-mon Core State Standard: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them). Then they total the items and subtract from the budgeted amount. Older students can calculate state sales tax or subtract discount amounts (e.g., all prices now at 15% off). For additional math instructional ideas: • TeacherVision • Standards-Based Math Activities • Kidzone • Education World Ideas for the well-known holidays as well as some lesser known events and holidays such as Dental Health month, Groundhog Day, Memorial Day, and Constitution Day. • HotChalk Lesson Plans Page Tried-and-true holiday lesson ideas from teachers, listed by approximate grade levels. • Teaching Heart Ideas for holidays and seasons, especially for the primary grades. • Teachers First Mostly Christmas resources plus links to other web pages with ideas by grade levels. Social Studies Research holidays around the world with your students. For example, at Halloween, groups of stu-dents might research how the holiday is celebrated in Mexico (Día de los Muertos), Brazil (Dia de Finados), Boliva (Dia de los ñatitas) and Guatemala. They can compare and contrast the visiting of cemeteries or flying kites with the way it is celebrated in the United States (National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: People, Places & Environments). Because geography is an important element of social stud-ies, students should locate the country on a map or globe. This lesson activity works well for holidays such as: • Independence Day celebrations Huffington Post Global Post • Christmas celebrations in 75 countries • Scholastic lesson plans for winter holidays • Halloween and Day of the Dead Pumpkin Patches and More’s Halloween around the world • New Year’s for more than 60 ethnic groups Fathertime’ Science Check out these sites for some great holiday themed science projects and lesson plans: • Chemistry on Simple projects such as making scented wrapping paper, snow, snow globes, and creating other fun holiday items. • TeacherVision Lessons on the winter solstice, observing crystals, and viewing snowflakes. • eHow Instructions for making candy canes and gift wrap. • Hooked on Science Science experiments related to many holidays. You can’t wish away the excitement of the holidays in your classroom, but you can make the excitement work for you and your curriculum goals. When the sea-son nears, think “How can this holiday to fit my curricu-lum goals?” Then check your school or district guidelines and plan accordingly. With this in mind, you’re certain to be successful no matter the time of year! New Teacher Advocate online: Dr. Kovarik’s educational career includes being an elementary teacher, guid-ance counselor, primary specialist, and school ad-ministrator. She currently serves on KDP’s Communi-cations Committee and is a frequent contributor to KDP publications. New Teacher Advocate • Winter 2012 • 3

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