Hi y’all! It’s already November that means it is getting close to the holiday season and life is so busy! Teaching in a public school, we have to be so careful about teaching Christmas… but we can still be festive and take the opportunity to teach about multiple cultures. My family is always crazy busy during this time, but thinking about my themes ahead of time has always made the season go a little smoother! So let’s start planning now!
There are so many fun activities you can do with a variety gingerbread stories that have a lot of educational value too. Compare and contrast activities with stories like: an original version of The Gingerbread Man, Jan Brett’s The Gingerbread Baby, The Gingerbread Cowboy, The Gingerbread Girl, and so many more. Concluding the study with building gingerbread houses are always fun, or you can build a quick and easy Gingerbread noun town.
Take the opportunity to teach about a variety of reindeer, where they live, and what characteristics make each kind unique. Students always enjoy learning about elk, carribou, and deer, and are engaged in the high-interest reading that researching these animals involves. They won’t even mind researching and presenting the information they gather during a unit this fun.
How about teaching Holidays Around the World? Show your students the many different ways that people celebrate different holidays in different ways. It’s a great way to share diverse cultures and embrace our own culture at the same time. We are all different, but we are all the same. Take advantage of being able to incorporate some mapping skills and geography by incorporating a fun holidays around the world unit.
Jan Brett has so many wonderfully cold adventures in her collection! Students love the stories and the illustrations. Many of her stories have a Christmas theme, but not all of them. The Mitten, The Hat, and The Three Snow Bears are a few timeless classics that make a great author study and provide a great opportunity to learn about cause and effect.
The Snowmen at Night book series are fun and festive! The illustrations are vibrant and seem alive, though we all know they aren’t! The book series is a great fit for teaching realistic versus fiction. It also evokes wonderful narrative and story telling opportunities.