Magazine article Curriculum Review

Planning Ahead Celebrate a New Holiday This December

Magazine article Curriculum Review

Planning Ahead Celebrate a New Holiday This December

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and with it, the unofficial start of the "holiday season." Educators like you may have a difficult time this year in their attempts to strike a balance between acknowledging the holidays that are special to students, and ensuring no student feels excluded in class. But besides Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, American classrooms' most common focuses during this time of year, there are plenty of other notable December dates.

Shake things up and have some fun this time of year by looking ahead to any of the following holidays. Create a lesson that allows your students, who are doubtless antsy and anxious as they look forward to their holiday breaks, to have some fun with you and explore exciting topics as they gear up for their favorite holidays.

2 -- Giving Tuesday

Just after Thanksgiving, a day when Americans are encouraged to want less and appreciate what they have, they're even more encouraged to run out and shop for the best deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday intends to shift the collective focus to giving, rather than receiving.

To mark this occasions, encourage children to:

* Brainstorm ways the classroom or school can participate in a giving activity, through a food or coat drive or by collecting donations for a good cause.

* If age appropriate, give something of their own up for someone who needs it more than they do.

* Participate in an activity within the classroom where they practice generous giving with their peers. …

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