Holiday Survival Guide for Teachers
Our school recently kicked off the holiday season with a Winter Wonderland celebration this past week. In Arizona, that means delivering 12 tons of snow to school grounds! The kids are super excited for all of the wonders of this magical season. It can be difficult to fall into the trap of filling December up with a variety of holiday fluff activities. Don’t let yourselves make that mistake and waste weeks of instructional time. Holiday activities and lessons can be both rigorous AND fun!!! We’ve created CCSS aligned integrated literature units that use anchor texts to support a variety of standards in engaging and interactive ways. Check out these great tools to help you survive the craziness of the holiday season…
Christmas Essentials: An Integrated Common Core Unit
Hanukkah Essentials: An Integrated Common Core Unit
Holiday Fun FREEBIES
Winter Break Phonics Packet
In addition, to keep students motivated and working hard, download our Reindeer in the Room: Holiday Behavior System. We completely understand that these next few weeks can seem like pure torture as students seem to get wilder by the minute.
Reindeer in the Room is the perfect solution for maintaining a calm, productive classroom during the holiday season. A special reindeer, only used by teachers, is sent to watch over the classroom and this reindeer reports nightly to Santa. Each day the reindeer watches the classroom and he/she picks one student who demonstrates outstanding behavior; this student gets an antler award. The students who did not make good behavior choices (i.e. shouting out incomplete homework, etc.) will get a big hoof, telling them to stomp out misbehavior. The reindeer moves each morning after he gets back from the North Pole.