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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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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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It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Lesson Plans

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It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Lesson Plans

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown  is a picture book written by Charles M. Shultz, based on the comic strip Peanuts. You can read the book with your class or watch the video and be sure that you’ll have a fine seasonal experience without any scary moments. Here are three lesson plans we like for upper elementary, to help incorporate this classic Halloween story into your curriculum. Plot Lines The story has three main plot lines, each surrounding a specific character in the story. Linus, Charlie Brown, and Snoopy are the centers of the three different plot lines in the story....

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Boo! by Trout Fishing in America

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Boo! by Trout Fishing in America

This new song and video from Trout Fishing in America is a perfect choice for Hallowe’en. Enjoy the video, learn the song, and then pick and choose from this list of activities: The song begins with a list of scary things: clowns, shadows, scratching noises at windows… Ask students to list things they find scary. The second verse describes telling someone about the scary things and not being believed. Have students write a story about this experience. Younger students could write about what it feels like to worry about monsters even though they don’t exist, but older...

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Los Tres Cabritos, by Eric Kimmel

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Los Tres Cabritos, by Eric Kimmel

Los tres cabritos is Eric Kimmel’s Tex-Mex take on the traditional story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. In this story, Chupacabra, the “goat sucker,” a monster traditionally found in Puerto Rico but also part of folklore in other Hispanic communities, lives under the bridge across the Rio Grande which the three goats want to use to cross into Mexico. Each goat tells Chupacabra to wait for his older brother, as in the Scandinavian tale, but each goat also plays music for Chupacabra to dance to.  The oldest brother, however, can make the monster dance with his music. The...

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Carnival of the Animals Study Guide

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Carnival of the Animals Study Guide

Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens may be the perfect introduction to classical music for children, and the Maestro Classics edition is specifically intended for that purpose. The CD and the accompanying booklet have lots of background information about Saint-Saens, who was a musical child prodigy. Kids will enjoy hearing about his public performances of Beethoven at age 6. They’ll also enjoy the Carnival of the Animals, a collection of pieces of music referencing various animals. The links in the list below go to lesson plans and resources for learning more about the...

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