Showing posts with label December. Show all posts
Showing posts with label December. Show all posts

Have You Read? Toys Meet Snow

Today I would like to introduce you to a great book for reading aloud to your students during the cold winter months.....Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins.
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5 Creative Ways to Teach About Christmas Traditions Around the World

Whether your students celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, (or all of them!), they are always excited to learn about other countries and their holiday celebrations too!  In this post, you'll find tons of creative ideas and resources for an awesome and engaging unit on Christmas Around the World!  
e New Year, (or all of them!), they are always excited to learn about other countries and their holiday celebrations too! &nbsp;In this post, you'll find tons of creative ideas and resources for an awesome and engaging unit on Christmas Around the World! &nbsp;</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NIFR5HV146Y/WDtM1nyy6iI/AAAAAAAANCk/okoOAOPCQLAHyFmRor5UrDuI1m9uB5XigCLcB/s1600/Picture%2B%252810%2529.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NIFR5HV146Y/WDtM1nyy6iI/AAAAAAAANCk/okoOAOPCQLAHyFmRor5UrDuI1m9uB5XigCLcB/s640/Picture%2B%252810%2529.jpeg" width="640" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> My students have always loved learning about the holiday traditions and beliefs of other cultures! &nbsp;This topic is filled with opportunities to ALSO teach about geography too! &nbsp;Plus, it's always great to expand your students' horizons as they learn about other countries. &nbsp;They will become more culturally aware and the world becomes a smaller, friendlier place for them when they can relate to, and empathize with, other world citizens.,&nbsp;</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Kffbn-kC9Zo/WDtNeXSkrUI/AAAAAAAANCo/25btDlsCxkoYNUbDjxNofnBhIrT1m0WpgCLcB/s1600/IMG_9564.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="118" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Kffbn-
kC9Zo/WDtNeXSkrUI/AAAAAAAANCo/25btDlsCxkoYNUbDjxNofnBhIrT1m0WpgCLcB/s320/IMG_9564.JPG" width="320" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> With the excitement of the holidays in the air, it's a great time to take advantage of the kids' energy level and have them absorb all they can from some fabulous holiday books! &nbsp;As a reminder, reading stories aloud to our students benefits them in so many ways.</div> <br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> </div> <ul> <li style="text-align: left;">build vocabulary</li> <li style="text-align: left;">develop an understanding of story structures</li> <li style="text-align: left;">form connections between print elements and genres</li> <li style="text-align: left;">model fluency</li> <li style="text-align: left;">obtain deeper levels of understanding.</li> </ul> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> </div> <div> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> Here are a few read-aloud stories that are super-fun resources for teaching about Christmas around the world....</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-35ijNJuNMoc/WDtOT2ZOqmI/AAAAAAAANCw/Xgpjy3yUtIQ2vceCKWTOCOdTZre0Sof2wCLcB/s1600/Capture%2B%25281%2529.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-35ijNJuNMoc/WDtOT2ZOqmI/AAAAAAAANCw/Xgpjy3yUtIQ2vceCKWTOCOdTZre0Sof2wCLcB/s1600/Capture%2B%25281%2529.PNG" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">Holidays Around the World - Celebrate Christmas: With Carols, Presents, and Peace</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">by Deborah Heiligman</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> This book details the origins of Christmas as well as how it's now celebrated throughout the world. &nbsp;Great pictures, facts and fun extension activities are to be found just inside!</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jRv0kPZfTHg/WDtVAmd_gWI/AAAAAAAANDE/Qji57IYNfRgL1Yg6yXnoYo4VxBtN9dZHQCLcB/s1600/Capture.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jRv0kPZfTHg/WDtVAmd_gWI/AAAAAAAANDE/Qji57IYNfRgL1Yg6yXnoYo4VxBtN9dZHQCLcB/s320/Capture.PNG" width="253" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">The Legend of the Poinsettia</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">by Tomie dePaola</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> Newbery honor-winning author &amp; Caldecott honor-winning illustrator Tomie dePaola has illustrated the legendary Mexican tale of the well-known Christmas plant. &nbsp;Children will learn a valuable lesson on what makes a worthy Christmas gift.</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3MVhJhUm-K0/WDtVmjcOUdI/AAAAAAAANDI/GSBnoyhEZpE8ts8uU0ZjEHvcV6Qkmm0bwCLcB/s1600/Capture%2B2.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3MVhJhUm-K0/WDtVmjcOUdI/AAAAAAAANDI/GSBnoyhEZpE8ts8uU0ZjEHvcV6Qkmm0bwCLcB/s320/Capture%2B2.PNG" width="320" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">Angelina's Christmas</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">by Katharine Holabird</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> Though most likely written for younger kids, this touching story is set in Britain--where Father Christmas visits, not Santa Claus. &nbsp;A beautifully illustrated lesson about a small town and how it works together to take care of one of its special residents. &nbsp;Yet, it also teaches kids to appreciate and value the older generation. &nbsp;Many great discussions will arise from this story...</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RgUuydPsmCQ/WDtWO-1xDSI/AAAAAAAANDQ/Hrt5bG5pOHI_9_eQEn61uGpMc0eOOHOaQCLcB/s1600/Capture%2B3.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="257" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RgUuydPsmCQ/WDtWO-1xDSI/AAAAAAAANDQ/Hrt5bG5pOHI_9_eQEn61uGpMc0eOOHOaQCLcB/s320/Capture%2B3.PNG" width="320" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">The Polar Express</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">by Chris Van Allsburg</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> An award-winning story with magical illustrations! &nbsp;(One cool way to intro the book is to explore the geography and location of the North Pole.) &nbsp;This is a delightful story of a young boy's wondrous Christmas journey! &nbsp;Every picture is worth discussing and/or can be used as a separate activity (a story starter) for writing about! &nbsp;You can also learn about the geography of Europe (where reindeer really live) and how to find the North Pole on a map before reading the book. &nbsp;And of course, there is also the classic holiday movie that you could watch and compare to the book. &nbsp;</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HSdcYODUx5E/WDtagY0JJbI/AAAAAAAANDk/JWXMFllf07sCULg1AtyF7oceMEWKXItNQCLcB/s1600/Capture%2B4.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HSdcYODUx5E/WDtagY0JJbI/AAAAAAAANDk/JWXMFllf07sCULg1AtyF7oceMEWKXItNQCLcB/s400/Capture%2B4.PNG" width="278" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">How the Grinch Stole Christmas!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">by Dr. Seuss</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> Set in Whoville (what country is that in?)...this CLASSIC Seuss story is one that every kid loves! &nbsp;It emphasizes the values of family and friendship over commercialization in a fun and engaging tale! &nbsp;Your class can delve deeper and analyze, compare &amp; contrast the culture and traditions of Whoville and your home country.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4RaElqMnJu4/WDtbIsCMGAI/AAAAAAAANDo/tutpjXZ1mw0-ALkHXtQ0xXdUnkCjms6XACLcB/s1600/Capture%2B5.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4RaElqMnJu4/WDtbIsCMGAI/AAAAAAAANDo/tutpjXZ1mw0-ALkHXtQ0xXdUnkCjms6XACLcB/s400/Capture%2B5.PNG" width="321" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">The Legend of Old Befana</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">by Tomie dePaola</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> This book tells the story of Befana who brings gifts to Italian children on Epiphany. &nbsp;I love how this book tells such a beautiful legend in an obviously well-researched manner.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lFYXaiZcwmk/WDtbf50dTiI/AAAAAAAANDs/K29rpGZcGas6lZVmfXqIOKbMXE-zJ-QdACLcB/s1600/Capture%2B6.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lFYXaiZcwmk/WDtbf50dTiI/AAAAAAAANDs/K29rpGZcGas6lZVmfXqIOKbMXE-zJ-QdACLcB/s400/Capture%2B6.PNG" width="350" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">Trees of Cranes</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">by Allen Say</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> Tree of Cranes is the story of a young boy living in Japan. &nbsp;His mother has lived in California and wants to teach him about the traditions in both cultures.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2AGcCKnvBOM/WDtby4w2wdI/AAAAAAAANDw/qaUDnQwzXegL5o5ramokaUOkXLa0Pvo0gCLcB/s1600/capture%2B7.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2AGcCKnvBOM/WDtby4w2wdI/AAAAAAAANDw/qaUDnQwzXegL5o5ramokaUOkXLa0Pvo0gCLcB/s400/capture%2B7.PNG" width="338" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">The Trees of the Dancing Goats</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">by Patricia Polacco</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> This book takes place in a village where many of the families have come down with Scarlet Fever. &nbsp;As Trisha and her family prepare to celebrate Hanukkah, they realize that many of their neighbors will not be well enough to celebrate with them. &nbsp;Trisha's family decides they will take a special holiday dinner and decorations to sick members of their community. &nbsp;I love the example of unselfish giving!</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EwPfJyKY0DE/WDtcvs3avXI/AAAAAAAAND8/t7igITC5GxE6-Bz78twXwT4SCV1U75dcQCLcB/s1600/Capture%2B8.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EwPfJyKY0DE/WDtcvs3avXI/AAAAAAAAND8/t7igITC5GxE6-Bz78twXwT4SCV1U75dcQCLcB/s400/Capture%2B8.PNG" width="302" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">Lucia Morning in Sweden</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">by Ewa Rydaker</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> This book is my favorite to introduce my students to the Lucia Day holiday traditions in Sweden.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/December-Read-Alouds-Interactive-Read-Alouds-2194164" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bit-PMrwc9k/WEIsO821vpI/AAAAAAAANH4/tuew0dIUDYcNgtXLd2qxuIjHQyJIYgamwCLcB/s640/Picture%2B%25282%2529.png" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> Do you love holiday books as much as I do? &nbsp;These are some of the books that I share with my students during the month of December. &nbsp;In my classroom, I use the interactive read aloud model to make the time I spend reading to my students more purposeful. &nbsp;</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/December-Read-Alouds-Interactive-Read-Aloud-Freebie-Sampler-Auntie-Claus-2224423" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6celmCGns5Q/WEImTaQw3BI/AAAAAAAANHg/YgKCyo0u1AQ1kmu7kYbr4YDgHF10GIvBwCLcB/s640/unnamed.png" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> I model comprehension strategies for my students using purposefully written talking points. &nbsp;You can check it out for FREE BELOW. &nbsp;</div> <script async="" id="_ck_134016" src="https://forms.convertkit.com/134016?v=6"></script>  <br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> Love it? &nbsp;Want to see more? &nbsp;Head over to <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/December-Read-Alouds-Interactive-Read-Alouds-2194164">HERE </a>to check it out. &nbsp;</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jqZMRJsC-mk/WDtdCYv2GYI/AAAAAAAANEA/DS39SWocPjsfYtzW7OZ_n_xov2_vPw2vgCLcB/s1600/IMG_9563.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="118" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jqZMRJsC-mk/WDtdCYv2GYI/AAAAAAAANEA/DS39SWocPjsfYtzW7OZ_n_xov2_vPw2vgCLcB/s320/IMG_9563.JPG" width="320" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fluency-Strips-Fluency-Practice-for-2nd-3rd-Grades-Set-7-2852562" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-X2A_T3xCIeU/WD7NbLqQZpI/AAAAAAAANFY/roypuKWN8yc64Knea-LDd3rplz5ibKcLgCLcB/s640/IMG_9610.jpg" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> Want to improve your students' fluency rates? &nbsp;<a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fluency-Strips-Fluency-Practice-for-2nd-3rd-Grades-Set-7-2852562">HERE</a> is a perfect set of fluency strips that ALSO educates students about how other countries celebrate. &nbsp;It's a unique way of getting twice the learning in one resource! &nbsp;Perfect as a literacy center station, these purposeful strips will improve student fluency while also teaching about Christmas around the world.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/December-Reading-Passages-Nonfiction-Text-with-Comprehension-Activities-2208628" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r06cRBllHXU/WD7ZSemnf2I/AAAAAAAANFw/kkNLdsGop4YqM6-GN6_0_xhT4BTRoPB8QCLcB/s640/IMG_9638.jpg" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> Looking for an effortless way to give your students access to the traditions and celebrations from around the world? &nbsp;Take a look at these nonfiction reading passages. &nbsp;The are full of kid-friendly information. &nbsp;Students are able to practice locating evidence in the text. &nbsp;They are also able to demonstrate their learning using graphic organizers. &nbsp;Click <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/December-Reading-Passages-Nonfiction-Text-with-Comprehension-Activities-2208628">HERE</a> to take a closer look.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-M0IfZmeQ2Vs/WDtePF9ERxI/AAAAAAAANEQ/Bvv9npBiZSQlF2EvNOjbCGLZV7A-o3uuACLcB/s1600/IMG_9566.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="118" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-M0IfZmeQ2Vs/WDtePF9ERxI/AAAAAAAANEQ/Bvv9npBiZSQlF2EvNOjbCGLZV7A-o3uuACLcB/s320/IMG_9566.JPG" width="320" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> Hurray for HOLIDAY hands-on learning with art!</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Christmas-Around-the-World-Agamographs-Unique-Christmas-Activity-2243595" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KeCNMzXngGE/WDteZRqZsiI/AAAAAAAANEU/-QEYgfSf1tsZV-WG8O_PkcgsRZNZFjmkQCLcB/s640/ChristmasAroundTheWorld_Agamograph_ArtwithJennyK.001.jpeg" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> I was so excited when I found this amazing resource from Art with Jenny K! &nbsp;An agamograph is a series of images that changes when viewed from different angles.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Christmas-Around-the-World-Agamographs-Unique-Christmas-Activity-2243595" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4j4a_UgHV8I/WDtecEJcUVI/AAAAAAAANEY/tVKSB6B26uA6Mb9w6OFx55ZRH0SPN-ZogCLcB/s640/ChristmasAroundTheworld_Agamograph1_AWJK.001.jpeg" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> The traditional method of creating an agamograph is very complicated, but Jenny has masterfully created a kid friendly version. &nbsp;All the kids need to do is color the image, fold it correctly, and display their masterpiece. &nbsp;These would go great with mini-research projects on the traditions in each country. &nbsp;I can't wait to see my students' masterpieces displayed alongside their learning for this unit. &nbsp;You can check out Jenny's amazing resource HERE. &nbsp;</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Q2WpntNJEWA/WDtdtBTn2oI/AAAAAAAANEI/Yo-y9EZTUH84TI9OXsAjXKYvOMfQfcdTACLcB/s1600/IMG_9565.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="118" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Q2WpntNJEWA/WDtdtBTn2oI/AAAAAAAANEI/Yo-y9EZTUH84TI9OXsAjXKYvOMfQfcdTACLcB/s320/IMG_9565.JPG" width="320" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> Finding one is EASY PEASY! &nbsp;Just take a moment to think about a parent, fellow staff member, or community member(s) who are from another country. &nbsp;You're sure to find someone who would LOVE to speak to your class about what typical holiday celebrations &amp; traditions are like in their country.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mD93y6LLv7Y/WDtqK5ojTyI/AAAAAAAANEo/Z6O_a6tHP4AZjtRNW239cxJjoFg62IV2wCLcB/s1600/IMG_9567.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="118" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mD93y6LLv7Y/WDtqK5ojTyI/AAAAAAAANEo/Z6O_a6tHP4AZjtRNW239cxJjoFg62IV2wCLcB/s320/IMG_9567.JPG" width="320" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ReJ4PRklbKA" width="560"></iframe>  </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> Sing Along to Feliz Navidad! &nbsp;This version also has the text to the song to help students unfamiliar with it. <br /> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nr9lciqOD5c" width="560"></iframe><br /> Your students will have fun learning this French Christmas carol. &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/02eu9mxPDl8?list=PLDO7YrQpg54SzOc-L7NTbNNN4Lit9IXp0" width="560"></iframe> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> This is a collection of videos about Christmas traditions around the world.</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LwN_Kcb-XhM" width="560"></iframe> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> This video is full of amazing picture of holiday traditions around the world. &nbsp;</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_YQma4Nq8eU/WDttHsA7K-I/AAAAAAAANE0/3I2YiwigjbwxU7oy_hlfJViYRNgz3v4WACLcB/s1600/IMG_9568.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="118" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_YQma4Nq8eU/WDttHsA7K-I/AAAAAAAANE0/3I2YiwigjbwxU7oy_hlfJViYRNgz3v4WACLcB/s320/IMG_9568.jpg" width="320" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">Holiday Foods from Around the World</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> Click <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/juliapugachevsky/heavenly-christmas-foods-from-around-the-world?utm_term=.ayAW3EDz7j#.rgRxk8mKwv" target="_blank">HERE</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.familycircle.com/holiday/christmas/recipes/holiday-recipes-from-around-the-world/?page=3" target="_blank">HERE</a> to show pictures of holiday foods from around the world. &nbsp;This can lead to a fun discussion of how geography and food source options affect the foods we eat!</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">Student-Led Videos</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> Any future video stars in your class? &nbsp;Make videos of students (or have them make them with their families) explaining about holiday traditions in their home. They can them to you to share with the class. <br /> <br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EsO2kHqeyWg/WD95hbmSfXI/AAAAAAAANGI/wj1huSHLpE8Ufnlq3uOl9PyFm8EHFmcjwCLcB/s1600/IMG_9644.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EsO2kHqeyWg/WD95hbmSfXI/AAAAAAAANGI/wj1huSHLpE8Ufnlq3uOl9PyFm8EHFmcjwCLcB/s640/IMG_9644.png" width="640" /></a></div> <br /> <span style="color: #cc0000;">Christmas Around the World Word Search FREEBIE</span><br /> <br /> Pick up this FREEBIE as a fun addition to your Christmas Around the World Unit.<br /> <script async="" id="_ck_134011" src="https://forms.convertkit.com/134011?v=6"></script>  I hope you have found this information useful in planning your upcoming unit on Christmas Around the World! &nbsp;Feel free to comment below with any other ideas you have to share!</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: large; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ceS_hcMSxTQ/WB_UlovoDrI/AAAAAAAAMfc/dzkIfGWaWAI9zy5Vu3T-Tux-g_8bne-3ACLcB/s1600/PinItButtonLarge%2B%25281%2529.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ceS_hcMSxTQ/WB_UlovoDrI/AAAAAAAAMfc/dzkIfGWaWAI9zy5Vu3T-Tux-g_8bne-3ACLcB/s200/PinItButtonLarge%2B%25281%2529.png" width="200" /></a></span><br /> <br /> Also, so you'll always have access to this information, please pin this post to save and share!<br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-i2pyFom_0Lw/WEIiWJKGfRI/AAAAAAAANHI/9srHbBr5ftQGbTN8W5SEB3z5YdNmEqXTACLcB/s1600/Picture%2B%25281%2529.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-i2pyFom_0Lw/WEIiWJKGfRI/AAAAAAAANHI/9srHbBr5ftQGbTN8W5SEB3z5YdNmEqXTACLcB/s400/Picture%2B%25281%2529.png" width="266" /></a></div> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PnXIReNlGtk/WB_UsKAD79I/AAAAAAAAMfg/Ikdm3A2vjEY6nA73T0Jd8rrIr4i4XoN3wCLcB/s1600/Picture.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-size: large;"></span></a></div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <br /> <center> <img alt="" border="0" height="141" id="Image-Maps-Com-lisa-g-sm" orgheight="141" orgwidth="172" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iZMbG0PMRuc/V23janC8JuI/AAAAAAABeX0/BpvAJ003X-wbs4rF7s9jE8oq8lSbZ1SswCLcB/s1600/Signature2.png" usemap="#lisa-g-sm" width="172" /> <map id="ImageMapsCom-lisa-g-sm" name="lisa-g-sm"> <area alt="Bloglovin'" coords="0,126,172,141" href="http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/11723805" shape="rect" style="outline: none;" target="_blank" title="Bloglovin'"></area> <area alt="Image Map" coords="170,139,172,141" href="http://www.image-maps.com/index.php?aff=mapped_users_57191" shape="rect" style="outline: none;" title="Image Map"></area> </map> </center>
My students have always loved learning about the holiday traditions and beliefs of other cultures!  This topic is filled with opportunities to ALSO teach about geography too!  Plus, it's always great to expand your students' horizons as they learn about other countries.  They will become more culturally aware and the world becomes a smaller, friendlier place for them when they can relate to, and empathize with, other world citizens.

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It's Back! 2016 Gingerbread Man Exchange

Sign-Ups for the 2016 Gingerbread Man Exchange have Closed
Sign-Ups for the 2017 Valentine Exchange will open in early January!
Thanks to everyone for making this year so much fun for the kids!

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  The holiday season is my absolute favorite time of the year in an elementary classroom.  The joy in the children's eyes is a daily reminder of why I became a teacher in the first place.  
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December Nonfiction Passage: Grab a Free Sample Passage about St. Lucia Day

Christmas time in the classroom is full of fun and excitement!  But...I don't want the learning to come to a stop!  So, I try to include as many engaging topics as possible.
Here is a glimpse of the topics we will be focusing on next month.  
Reindeer
Christmas in Australia
Los Posadas (Mexico)
Christmas in Germany
Pearl Harbor (Pearl Harbor Day: December 7)
Christmas in Italy
The Wright Brothers (First Flight December 14)
St. Lucia Day (Sweden)
Grab this FREEBIE for your class this December!

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Gingerbread Man Exchange Recap

The concept behind the gingerbread man exchange is simple yet it is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding activities of the year.  I want to personally thank the approximately 80 teachers from across the country who joined together to make this exchange possible.  Here is a look at this year's gingerbread man exchange.
During the week before the Thanksgiving holiday, I set up a gingerbread "factory".....I basically took out all my extra craft supplies and spread them out across the table.  Each of my lil' pups had a chance to create their own gingerbread man using their choice of supplies.
We gathered all of our special gingerbread friends together for a picture before we packaged them up to be sent off to their new homes.   
Photo Courtesy of Ms. Hathcoat's Class
We wrote a letter for our gingerbread man to take with them to their new home.  Our letter told a little bit about our school and our town.
We packed each gingerbread man and I took them all to the post office to begin their journey to their new homes.
Then, we waited for our new friends to arrive.  Most days we received one or two envelopes containing special friends.  We couldn't wait to see the gingerbread man and really LOVED reading about the class that sent it.  
When each friend arrived we displayed them near our class map so we could see where they came from.  
My kids just LOVED reading the letters....they have probably read each one a hundred times this month!
Here is a look at our class display.  We had a few late arriving gingerbread friends but this is most of them.
Photo Courtesy of Ms. Hathcoat's Class
Here is another look at a classroom display.
Did your class love the Gingerbread Exchange?  Missed out?  Well....you are in luck!  I will be hosting a Valentine Exchange that will work in the same way as the Gingerbread man exchange.  Sign ups will begin on January 3rd.  If you participated in the Gingerbread Man exchange, I will be emailing you the link to sign up on January 3rd.  If you did not participate in the Gingerbread Man exchange, I will also post the sign up link on my blog.  Be sure to follow my blog on Blog Lovin' if so you don't miss the sign up window.   




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Pick 3: December's Pinterest Pics ~A New Linky~

This month, my sweet friend Marissa, from The Inspired Owl's Corner, and I are kicking off our monthly Pick 3 Pinterest Linky party.  On the 3rd of each month we will be sharing with you our top three Pinterest finds for our classroom for the upcoming month.  
December is my favorite month in the classroom.  There are so many fun things that can be done with your students.  Here are a few new ideas that I have found on Pinterest that I plan to use this month with my students.
Each year I try to help my students make a gift for their parents. 
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This year, I am going to have my student create a fingerprint Christmas tree.  For $1.00 each, I can purchase frames from Dollar Tree to frame their artwork.  The result will be an adorable keepsake that each child can give to their parents for Christmas.
I also like for my student to participate in at least one service project during the holiday season.  
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I love this simple idea to make homemade bird feeders.  I have a couple of parent that have agreed to help with this project so each child will be able to make a bird feeder to keep at their home and one to give away. 
The Christmas party is so much fun for the kids but it can be a bit stressful for the teacher if you don't have a plan in place.
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This site has great ideas for Minute to Win It games that would be perfect for our class party. 

If you are searching for more great ideas...check out my Pinterest feed.
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This linky party will be hosted on the 3rd of each month and we would love for you to join in on the fun!



Here's how to join in on the fun!!!
1.  Save the Pick 3 images to your desktop.
2.  Create a blog post using these images to share you 3 Pinterest Picks for the month.
3.  Share a link to your full Pinterest page if you would like.
4.  Link up by clicking the add your link button below.
5.  Be sure to check out the other Pinterest finds that have been shared and leave a comments on the ones you love!

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