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Last day before Christmas break, what are you doing?
Old 12-08-2013, 07:42 AM
 
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I'm looking for some new, fun/interesting/engaging/organized ways to go about the last day before Christmas break, which is a half day. Tell me your best ideas .


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Old 12-08-2013, 07:52 AM
 
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Our last day is alway Polar Express day. We all wear pjs and drink hot cocoa. It is very relaxing. Give me time to clean and work on plans for after break.
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I have not done this, and don't remember the cite I saw it on (I think it might have been under classroom pics in groups for PT ?)...but it was a count down for the end of the year and I was thinking of doing a count down to Christmas break (the last week). You blow up balloons with a note in them and pop one each day to reveal the message. I am not sure what different messages I will use for for each day yet, but an example was sit anywhere you want for the day....I was also thinking maybe extra recess or dance off (many of my kids think the are the BEST hip hoppers).
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Our last day is also a half day and I plan to do something similar to what I did last year which is a minute to win it competition. The kids will be divided into 4 or 5 groups and each student will compete in the different challenges. At the end the team with the most points wins a prize. If you have odd numbers you figure out the number of points per player to make it even. We also might watch a short Christmas movie too.
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Day before holiday
Old 12-08-2013, 10:02 AM
 
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Party!

Book swap!

Read and follow directions to make a craft!

Holiday math word problems using the student's names!

Clean desks and classroom.


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Grade Level Activity
Old 12-08-2013, 10:06 AM
 
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We have a half day the last day before break. Our K classes will participate in a "Holidays Around the World" activity. Each classroom focuses on one holiday. Students will make a craft, learn a song or dance, or do an activity after they learn about the holiday. The teacher stays in her classroom to teach about the holiday and lead the activity. The students rotate as a class to the next classroom with parent volunteers and some classrooms have one-on-one aides for certain students so that helps. The students will spend about 20 minutes in each room. By the time we finish, it is time for lunch. After lunch, we have about an hour. I have a little suitcase activity I do where we color/cut out flags for all the countries we visited to learn about the holidays.

The teacher only has to prepare one lesson. If we have materials to prep for the activity, we could ask parent volunteers to cut out stuff ahead of time.

I teach about Chinese New Year in my classroom. For the past couple of years, I've had at least one ESL student from China. I read a short book. Show the red envelope. We locate China on the map. We make lanterns. (I run off on colored cardstock so students just have to cut on the lines and staple together-very quick and easy for K.) We watch a short you-tube video (Dragon Dance/Chinese New Year parade). Then we do our own parade around the classroom. I made a dragon head out of a box with red plastic table cloths tacked on behind for students to hold, a banner with Chinese characters, some red streamers and some musical instruments.
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Last Day Before Winter Break
Old 12-08-2013, 08:54 PM
 
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We are doing our Geo-bread House project. It's an activity that I found in the Mailbox magazine years ago. During the last week before break, the students create a blueprint for a gingerbread house, incorporating specific geometric figures that we have studied. Then, on the final day, they construct their geo-bread houses, using graham crackers, frosting, and a variety of candies. Last year was the first time I tried it, and my fourth graders loved it!
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Last day before Christmas
Old 12-09-2013, 10:32 AM
 
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I love the idea of cleaning out desks!--Maybe that is how we will begin our day immediately when the students walk in.

Ours is a half-day. We are not allowed to show movies.

Our school does a whole-school sing-a-long. This lasts about an hour.

We also have a Winter Party. So this leaves about an hour and a half for "other" things. Our second graders will be playing board games.
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Last Day before Christmas break
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mrleebok, love your idea of minute to win it. What sort of challenges do you do?
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Minute to Win It Challenge
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Not sure if you will see this but here are a couple of my challenges I do. I got them a blog where a parent was doing a Minute to Win It party for the kid I believe. Each student got to play all the games. I split the teams into teams of four or five of similar ability.

This Blows- Using a straw to move a cup, open end down, across a table. I give the students an opportunity to do a second cup if they finish their first. Their team gets one point for each cup they blow off the table.

Move the M&M's- Kids use a straw again and need to move 15 plain M&M's from one plate to another plate. I used coffee filters this year and it was a little more difficult with the higher edges. If they move all 15 M&M's they earn a point for their team. I used two new coffee filters for each student since spit will run down the straw. (The students got to eat the M&M's after they were finished so there were 15 new ones for each student)

Balancing Act-Students use a wide popsicle stick and need to walk across the carpet while balancing one, two, or three dice on the end. If the dice fall off they need to restart at the beginning. Their team gets one point for each dice they carry successfully across the carpet.

There might be another game but I can't remember right now. The team that earned the most points won a prize and the other teams got a smaller prize.


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