Much apologies for being so late in updating. The holidays were quite the busy time for my family.
The last week of school before break was one of my favorite units, Polar Express week! We started the week by reading the book The Polar Express by Christ Van Allsburg. Then throughout the week we did activities that went along with the book.
On Friday December 20th we had our Christmas party and Polar Express day. Students were able to come to school wearing their pajamas. We started out the morning by making ABC order trains. For math students math train glyphs; coloring the trains based on questions asked. Afterwards they got to open their Christmas presents from me!
Then after lunch students were given their own ticket’s to “ride aboard the Polar Express”, and they came into the library to watch the polar express on the big projector. The outside of the library door shows a train tunnel with the train light shining and railroad tracks below.
Students sat in columns as if they were on a train. They got to have hot chocolate and popcorn! At the end of the movie they each received a tiny bell that came from Santa’s sleigh!
As we continued our holidays around the world unit, we read Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah and watched a National Geographic video for kids that discussed Hanukkah traditions. Students wrote about how people in Isreal celebrate Hanukkah. At the end we sang the song Hanukkah, Hanukkah by Jack Hartmann. The activities from the Holidays Around the World unit can be found here.
On the last day of our gingerbread unit we read one more gingerbread story and retold the story by putting pictures back in the correct sequence.
We also made gingerbread dough and students helped cut out their own gingerbread people. After they were done baking the students came back from specials surprised to find that their people had run away! After they caught all their gingerbread people, they got to decorate and eat their creation!
Throughout last week we compared different Gingerbread Man folktales from around the world. We also did art and math projects that supported our readings. During math we learned out to make patterns using gingerbread people and students made glyphs based on the directions I gave them.
The directions were:
- If students favorite holiday cookie was chocolate, color the gingerbread person brown
If students favorite holiday cookie was gingerbread, color the gingerbread tan
If students favorite holiday cookie was sugar, color the gingerbread yellow
- If students favorite milk was chocolate, color the frosting green
If students favorite milk was strawberry, color the frosting red
If students favorite milk was plain, color the frosting blue
- If the student is a boy, color the buttons blue
If the student is a girl, color the buttons pink
All last week we talked about folktales and one of my favorite folktales we talk about over the holidays, is The Gingerbread Man. So all last week we read gingerbread related folktales and did compare and contrast activities between the books.
One very unique story we read during this unit is Gingerbread Baby. In this story the gingerbread character doesn’t get eaten by the fox at the end, the little boy makes a house for the gingerbread baby! We talk about how the ending from Gingerbread Baby is different from all the other endings we’ve read. Then we make a gingerbread house art project.