We started a tradition last year in our primary building of doing holiday rotations. Each class rotates around to a different classroom. Last year our theme was "The Polar Express." Each classroom rotated around the building and went to each classroom. We all had a fun little activity planned for the kids that took about 20 minutes. We even watched "The Polar Express" in our pajamas (and of course used a Venn Diagram to compare the book to the movie).
Of course you have to make sure everything you do has a purpose and aligns with standards. Last year my activity went along with the part of the Polar Express movie where they served the hot chocolate. The students could choose if they wanted it plain, with marshmallows, or with whipped cream. What does that have to do with the common core? We graphed it! Each student got a little mug cut-out and got to place it on our giant class graph. Then we analyzed the data using this graph below. Click HERE or on the picture to get to the Google document.
This year our theme is "Reindeer Games". I was inspired by this pin (Follow us on Pinterest while your at it :) )on Pinterest to make this cute little reindeer hat.
|Image from FreeKidsCrafts.com|
I plan to put black, red, and brown pom poms in a little container and the kids will get to pick one out (without looking) and put it on their little hat as their reindeer nose. When they are done, we will use this graph below to tally, graph and analyze our reindeer noses. Click HERE or on the picture to go to the Google document. (Those cute little reindeer graphics can be found here for free!)
I am linking up with Beth at Thinking of Teaching for her Sleigh Full of Goodies. Click below to go check it out!
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