Saturday, October 6, 2018

Getting ready for the Christmas Season

The end of the year will soon be upon schools and a later finish to the term is an added incentive to find educational activities associated with the holiday season that will continue to challenge students to the end.
Here are some ideas that I have been working on from my teacherspayteachers website.
The mysteries are aimed at upper primary/ intermediate level.

1. 12 Days of Christmas for the classroom


On the first day of Christmas, my teacher gave to me 
A worksheet to complete for her to see. 
On the second day of Christmas my teacher gave to me,,, 
Instructions for a puzzle on a worksheet to complete for her to see. 
etc

2.  The Tree of Christmas Kindness
An activity designed to encourage random acts of kindness for the Christmas season. Only preparation required is to print pages for student use and provide access to scissors and glue.
3. Who is the Secret Santa? A new Christmas Mystery to solve

Mrs Scott was surprised to find that someone had left her a Secret Santa parcel on her desk when she arrived at school on Friday morning. She opened it to find a bag of chocolate candy.  Use the clues to find out who the Secret Santa could be.
4. Other Christmas mysteries to try...

Who stole Rudolph's nose?

Who pinched the Christmas pudding? 

These thinking challenges are part of a series of mysteries for students to solve either individually or as a group challenge. The clues are based on mathematical codes and ciphers and as each clue is solved it eliminates a number of suspects until there is just one possibility left. Answers are included.
In my own teaching practice students are given the booklets to solve at the beginning of the week and I do not debrief with answers until three or four days later. This challenges the students to work on the puzzles at their own rate and to think about possible strategies. It also encourages collaboration. Each mystery includes a range of problem difficulty. 
No prep. Just print and go. 

And an idea for a surprise for a teaching colleague:
Are you looking for a gift for a teacher? 
Here's an easy idea to put together for teacher colleagues or your child's class teacher that will make them smile. 
Included is a label for a gift for each of the 12 days of Christmas and all you need to do is print it out and add the small gift that it refers to, or one of your own ideas to fit.