The last days of 2014 are counting down, and it’s likely that your days in the classroom for 2014 are even fewer! As you’re planning for the last days of the calendar year, consider using ReadWriteThink.org interactive tools for one of these fun, winter activities:
- Choose an animal you think about during the winter (like penguins, polar bears, or snowshoe rabbit), and explore its habits and life cycle with the Animal Inquiry interactive.
- Use the Resume Generator to create a resume for a character from a favorite story or song. What would Scrooge list on his resume?
- Compose Theme Poems around going home on the bus for the last day before break. Students can talk about all the things they hope to do during their time off.
- Have students map significant personal events they remember from previous winter holidays with the Graphic Map.
- Write a class alphabet book of activities to try during the winter holidays with the Alphabet Organizer.
- Ask students to think of a favorite event that happens during the winter break, and compose Acrostic Poems about it.
- Create Trading Cards for characters from winter-themed or holiday-themed books or songs. Imagine a trading card for the Baby New Year!
- Reflect on all that has happened since the start of the school year in a class newspaper, created with the ReadWriteThink Printing Press.
- Explore school days and winter vacation in a Diamante Poem that unites the two opposing topics.
- Use the Profile Publisher to mock up social networking profiles, yearbook profiles, or newspaper or magazine profiles for characters from winter-themed or holiday-themed books or songs. What would Frosty the Snowman list on his Facebook profile?
Do you have other ideas to share? We’d love to know how you use our tools!