New Teacher Advocate Winter 2012 : Page 2

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.

Holidays: Hurrah Or Bah Humbug ?

Madeline Kovarik

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. Blending the holiday with the curriculum is the answer.

Language Arts

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 reports (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, Chanukah, and St. Lucia Day, you might have this word list:
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 assistance, 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

Mathematics

Have children make a list of 2-5 “dream presents” they would like to receive. Using the Internet, students can research the cost of their items. Alternately, use weekly newspaper ads; most publishers will donate newspapers for classroom use. See Newspapers in Education at http://nieonline.com/ or prepare a list of items with costs from which students may choose. After they make their present selections, ask students to add the costs of the items.

For a more advanced lesson, give students a spending budget so they must first estimate a total cost (Common 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

http://bit.ly/PPTLIR

• Mathwire.com Standards-Based Math Activities

http://bit.ly/4ppae0

• Kidzone

http://bit.ly/gJCFJT

Social Studies

Research holidays around the world with your students. For example, at Halloween, groups of students 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 studies, students should locate the country on a map or globe. This lesson activity works well for holidays such as:

• Independence Day celebrations

Huffington Post http://huff.to/VOaMw

Global Post http://bit.ly/LNDHYm

• Christmas celebrations in 75 countries

Santas.net http://bit.ly/eABnS

• Scholastic lesson plans for winter holidays

http://bit.ly/Pwv4Qh

• Halloween and Day of the Dead

Pumpkin Patches and More http://bit.ly/rc4rO

Education.com’s Halloween around the world http://bit.ly/T1gYqS

• New Year’s for more than 60 ethnic groups

Fathertime’s.net http://bit.ly/7BRPu4

Science

Check out these sites for some great holiday themed science projects and lesson plans:

• Chemistry on About.com Simple projects such as making scented wrapping paper, snow, snow globes, and creating other fun holiday items. Http://bit.ly/8CLf3I

• TeacherVision Lessons on the winter solstice, observing crystals, and viewing snowflakes.

Http://bit.ly/QPYLQJ

• eHow Instructions for making candy canes and gift wrap. Http://bit.ly/T1in0A

• Hooked on Science Science experiments related to many holidays. Http://bit.ly/IkB32

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 season nears, think “How can this holiday to fit my curriculum 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!

More Resources for Holiday Fun

• Scholastic Suggestions for holiday books to read, on-line activities, printables, and holiday clip-art. Http://bit.ly/3iJnTy

• 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.

Http://bit.ly/SyhujM

• HotChalk Lesson Plans Page Tried-and-true holiday lesson ideas from teachers, listed by approximate grade levels. Http://bit.ly/SD51Hf

• Teaching Heart Ideas for holidays and seasons, especially for the primary grades. Http://bit.ly/QH4bo

• Teachers First

Mostly Christmas resources plus links to other web pages with ideas by grade levels. Http://bit.ly/8OUqgn

Dr. Kovarik’s educational career includes being an elementary teacher, guidance counselor, primary specialist, and school administrator. She currently serves on KDP’s Communications Committee and is a frequent contributor to KDP publications.

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