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Let's Celebrate!

Ann Lyons

Description

Students listen to [Over and Over] to be introduced to holidays/celebrations that occur during the year. Students work cooperatively as a whole class to make a calendar of holidays using cards. On the following day, children add their birthdays to the calendar. As a final activity they create their own mini-calendars and illustrate three to five holidays on them.

Objectives

The student applies calendar time to events in school or community (for example, placing school holidays on a calendar).

Materials

-[Over and Over] by Charlote Zolotow; illustrated by Garth Williams; Hardcover by Econo-Clad Books, 1995 (ISBN: 0785777695)
-Copies of holiday cards for the group activity, see associated file.
-Copy of class calendar, see associated file.
-Copies of the birthday cards (one for each student), see associated file.
-Copies of the mini-calendar for each student, see associated file.

Preparations

1. Obtain a copy of [Over and Over] by Charlotte Zolotow to read to the class.
2. Make copies of the holiday cards for the group activity, see associated file.
3. Make copy of the class calendar, see associated file.
4. Make copies of the birthday cards (one for each student), see associated file.
5. Make copies of the mini-calendar for each student, see associated file.

Procedures

1. Day 1: Introduce the book, [Over and Over] to the class by asking what holidays they know and if they enjoy celebrating holidays. Read the book to the class.

2. Day 2: After reviewing the book, as a class, place the holiday cards (in the Associated File) on the proper month of the class calendar which is also in the Associated File. Review how to take turns as they do this.

3. Day 3: Review the class holiday/celebration calendar in the Associated File.
a. Using the birthday master attachment, each child will write his/her birth date on a square.
b. Each student will place his/her birthday square on the proper month of the class calendar. Remind students to take turns.

4. Day 4: Review the class holiday/celebration calendar (see Associated File).
a. Students will individually illustrate three to five holidays on their mini-calendars (see attached file).
b. The teacher will circulate around the room to observe and offer assistance as needed. Review how to raise a hand and wait until the teacher can come to offer help.

5. During all 4 days, record information for each individual in regard to:
a. Proper placement of holiday cards on the class calendar.
b. Proper placement of birth date card on the class calendar.
c. Proper placement of three to five illustrated holidays/celebrations on individual calendars.
d. Taking turns.
e. Working with others.

Assessments

Assess the students' illustration of three to five holidays on their own mini calendars.

Formatively assess by observing the students during the drawing of holidays on the 12 month calendar and during the whole group activity of placing holidays/birthdays on the group calendar.
Formative assessment includes:
Proper placement of holiday according to month on the calendar
Proper placement of their birth date on the class calendar timeline.
Working with others
Listening carefully for facts and information during the reading of [Over and Over].
Taking turns
Illustrating between three to five holidays on individual mini-calendars.

Extensions

1. Read other books about specific holidays.
2. Write about your favorite holiday.
3. Add seasons to the class calendar.

Web Links

Holiday fun activities for children (games, information about the holiday, puzzles, crafts, recipes,
Holidays/Celebrations for Kids

Attached Files

Class calendar     File Extension: pdf

Holiday cards     File Extension: pdf

Birthday cards     File Extension: pdf

Mini-calendar     File Extension: pdf

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