Ringing in the new year is lots of fun! There's lots of excitement when it comes to staying up until midnight and watching the ball drop on New York City, or any city you may be celebrating in. The graffiti, singers, and crowds are just a small part of ringing in the new year. There's fireworks, food, and fun that goes along with ushering in 2017. How will you be celebrating the new year? Click the link to add some new year fun to your celebration party with these FREE Happy New Year Coloring Sheets, and it updates yearly for FREE!
Posting written work to a blogspot encourages students to produce better essays. They direct family and friends to the blog to view their works. Also, it works great as a portfolio for many of the students. It takes their writings to another level! Of course, some of the writings and oral presentations are better than others, but it's a learning process for all of us.
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Do you find yourself singing along to Christmas tunes this time of the year? Holiday songs are everywhere--in the stores, on the radio, and in television commercials. If you're looking for commercial free Christmas tunes, try Houston's KODA SUNNY 99.1. It'll have you humming a holiday tune in no time! It's easy to get caught up in all the hoopla and lose sight of the real meaning of the season. But, there's lots of holiday themed activities that encourage students to spread cheer and goodwill. It's important to include and reinforce giving and sharing when planning lessons. Another great way to help others this time of year is by volunteering. Lots of communities host holiday dinners, and servers and cleaners are needed. Also, there are toy drives that need extra elves to help sort, wrap, and deliver gifts. Encourage students to give during the holiday season! This holiday season help set the mood and get students talking about sharing by using themed music along with writing activities that can be given to others. A gift from the heart is one worthy of sharing. Here's free Educator Helper holiday themed activities to make and share with others: FREE!!! Nostalgia Christmas Tree Ornaments Fill your tree with homemade ornaments for a nostalgic Christmas! 44 ornaments to color, cut, and hang. Comes with ornaments that can be used with photos for lasting memories.
This month is Mustache Month! But, what does a mustache say about a man? Here's a list of what to expect from a man with a mustache: full beard--distinguished, scholarly goatee--outdated and in the past scruffy--trendsetter chin line--give me attention thick mustache--confident handlebar--pleasant and fun horseshoe--rebellious Although your students may not have mustaches yet, there's no reason you can't celebrate the holiday. Take time to make your own mustache, do an interview with a mustached man, or build a timeline of men with distinguished mustaches. Happy Mustache Month! FREE Mustache Activities:
Gobble, gobble, gobble...that's not the "Talkin' Turkey" referenced in this week's blogpost title. So, what is "Talkin' Turkey"? It's a fun way to get students to use their writing skills over the Thanksgiving holiday break. Thanksgiving is a time for fun and family. I remember waking to the smells of turkey and pumpkin pie. I would peer out the window in anticipation of aunts, uncles, and cousins. As the house filled with people, the table was set and an abundant feast appeared on the table. A silence feel over the room and Thanksgiving grace was said. Then, it was time to carve the bird!
After a great meal, elders settled in the living room to watch football while youngsters headed outdoors for an annual game of touch football. Later on, we set up the card table for friendly competitive games of Moon (dominoes) and WaHoo! As the sun set, we bundled in coats and gloves, gave handshakes, hugs, and kisses, and declared we would see each other at the next big holiday get together on December 25. But, let's not rush it...
As a teacher, encouraging your students to do good deeds happens daily! But, how can you help students acknowledge good deeds? What if there was an easy way to track students' good deeds? Educator Helper has what you need when it comes to helping students with good deeds! Try this fun "Earnin' My Feathers" activity to encourage students' daily good deeds in and out of the classroom:
Directions are at the bottom of the calendar handout.
Uses motor coordination skills, numbering skills, symbolization, brainstorming strategies. This activity can be used to stimulate writings about good deeds and narratives of memories of good deeds, as well as for storytelling and oral traditions lessons. Perfect for encouraging good behavior in and out of the classroom!