It’s that time of year again, here are five tips to make them memorable with your class.
Take time for magical memories that have fallen off of our curriculum radar. Remember, our job is to educate the whole child. The activities listed below are cross curricular, and will create memories which will last a lifetime.
Have a snow day at school. Pick a day when you know there will be snow, and schools will be open. Let parents know in advance so students will dress properly to be outdoors and playing in the snow. Then take your class outside for a nature walk, let them make snow angels, or build a snow man. Bring them inside and read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.
While your outside with your class, warm up water for Swiss Miss hot cocoa in your crock pot. When you come back inside, let your students warm up with cups of hot chocolate. It is a tradition I do once a year with my students, and they love it. Exploring nature is hands on science for young children. These are the memories students hold on to.
- Writing with a purpose is the best form of writing. ‘Tis the season for gratitude. Have your class write thank you notes to your office staff, the lunchroom staff, your custodian, the school engineer (who keeps the building nice and warm), the school principal, the assistant principal, room parents and classroom volunteers, crossing guards, the list goes on and on. Assign 2 or 3 students to create a lovely thank you note, and card for each person. Students can work together and peer edit to make sure their note is truly special. Then they can design their own decorations. It’s a meaningful activity. One that students, as well as those being thanked, will remember.
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