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Holiday Tech Lessons

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Holiday Tech Lessons

  Bring some holiday spirit to your classroom with these fun tech lessons! Google’s Santa Tracker Google’s Santa Tracker has a game for every day till Christmas. Students can choose the clothing colors for Santa’s elves, share a texting conversation between Santa and his reindeer, prepare and send a phone message from Santa to a friend, play games of skill, and explore Santa’s village. On Christmas Eve, Santa will unveil the dashboard of Santa’s sleigh. This is a super fun center for your classroom computer, and it gives practice with basic keyboard and...

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A Snowman Art History Lesson

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A Snowman Art History Lesson

Enjoy the season while learning about art history! Art History with Snowmen One way to use snowmen in your art lesson plans is to ask students to look at snowmen as famous artists might have and create their own versions of snowmen in the style of a famous artist. This lesson in art history is a good way to help students understand different artists and art styles in art history because the basic shape of a snowman can be the same for everyone—three balls of snow stacked on top of one another with black eyes and a carrot nose, plus sticks for arms. To do this activity, give students art...

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Christmas in the Netherlands Lesson Plans

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Christmas in the Netherlands Lesson Plans

  In the Netherlands, Saint Nicolas comes bearing gifts on December 5th, Sinterklaasavond, or Saint Nicolas’s Eve. December 6th is the feast of Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children. Saint Nicolas arrives by steamboat from Spain with his helper Zwarte Piet. Saint Nicolas rides a white horse and there is a parade from the dock in Amsterdam to the Palace where Saint Nicolas asks the princes and princesses if they have behaved well through the year. If they’ve been good, the children of the royal family receive presents. Children all over the Netherlands leave their...

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Fractals and Snowflakes

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Fractals and Snowflakes

  Fractals are fun — and they team up perfectly with a study of snow. To do this activity with your students, you first need to explain what a fractal is: A fractal is a a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. Fractals are useful in modeling structures (such as eroded coastlines or snowflakes) in which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales, and in describing partly random or chaotic phenomena such as crystal growth, fluid turbulence, and galaxy formation. – From Oxford Dictionaries You can explain this...

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Thanksgiving Hand Turkey Lesson

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Thanksgiving Hand Turkey Lesson

  Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without a turkey on the table for most families. This gives us a great opportunity to teach our students about turkeys, both domestic and wild, and to have some fun while we’re at it. This activity is great for younger children. Thanksgiving Hand Turkey Art Lesson Objectives Develop fine motor skills Investigate animal facts Build color recognition skills Explore shape, texture, and pattern Distinguish between reality and fiction Lesson steps Read a Thanksgiving themed turkey story with your students. We have plenty of recommendations...

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Make Pilgrim Bonnets and Hats

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Make Pilgrim Bonnets and Hats

  Your younger students’ study of  Pilgrims isn’t complete without making hats! Dressing up in 17th century clothing would be a challenge,  but you can make your own versions of their hats with construction paper. Pilgrim Bonnets Supplies: one 18″ by 12″ piece of white paper Scissors Ruler Pencil Stapler and staples or tape Ribbon or string Directions: Measure and mark with your ruler 6 1/4 inches and 7 1/4 inches from the edge on the long side of the paper on each side. Measure and mark 3 inches straight towards the middle of the paper from the 6 1/4 inch marks....

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