Yes, ‘tis the season for some good holiday activities in class! You students’ attention is probably on the upcoming holiday break. So try out these fun activities to keep them focused on their school work before the break.
Explore the different December Holidays
Some students may celebrate Christmas; some observe Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. Regardless of what they celebrate, it is great to have them be more conscious of the different holidays celebrated in December. Have them complete a Venn diagram to help compare and contrast the different holidays. Have them include how the holiday is celebrated, the foods eaten, and the history of the holiday. Or you can check out these Voki Holiday Lesson Plans for you class!
Charles Dickens Readout loud
Bring some Christmas spirit into class by having your students read A Christmas Carol. Allow your students to pick a role to play and remember to let everyone have a chance of reading it! Make it more fun and share it with their parents by having them record their voice on a Voki!
Create a Holiday-themed Classroom Newsletter
Ask your students questions about what they learned over the year and what are the looking forward to for the upcoming year. Share your students’ research projects in the newsletter. A great research project idea is have research the different holiday traditions! (See first activity). Or you can create fun holiday polls. The idea is easily adaptable to different subjects, like language arts and math.
What holiday activities did you plan this year? Let us know!
Until next time,
The Voki Team
We all remember that Back-to-School anxiety on the first day of school: trouble sleeping before the first day of school; double-checking (maybe triple- or even quadruple-checking) your book bag for all the materials you need; headaches and stomachaches. After a few days of school, these anxieties will fade away (at least, for some student). As a teacher, you have to respond to these anxieties and help your students try to re-adapt to the new school year. So what can you do to help students ease back into school? There are activities that you can do with your students! So let’s take a look:
Learn each other’s name.
Yes! This is a must-do for teachers and students. Play a name game with your students so they have a chance to know each other. After all, a game is always a good icebreaker! If you need tips on how to remember your students’ names, check out our last post here! Or you can set up a buddy system so students can contact each other outside of school.
Do a fun survey.
Another way that you can help students drive out their Back-to-School anxiety is to have a quick fun survey. Students can work in a small group and college responses. This fun activity can get students out of their seat and start to talk to each other. It can facilitate conversations and allow students find out how similar they are to other students. Some questions that you might ask are:
- What is your favorite snack?
- My hidden talent is:
- What is your favorite school subject?
- How do you spend your free time?
- What is your favorite food?
Play a word game.
What better way to get students comfortable with new school year other than a word game. Create a word search or a crossword puzzle for your students to solve! They can even work in a group. Discovery Education offers a Puzzlemaker and allows you to create different kinds of puzzles.
Welcome back and wishing you have a great year!
Until next time,
The Voki Team
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