Five Fun Winter Break Activities That Won't Feel Like Homework
You can almost hear the groans already; no student likes to be told they have a school project to do over winter break.
"It's a break for a reason," they might argue, and they wouldn't be wrong, but when you're ready to assign homework for the duration of winter break, you're doing it in their best interests, even if they don't agree.
So here's five winter break activities to get your students excited about homework this Christmas:
1. A Book Report on a book of their choosing, presented as they choose.
It could be "Dr. Seuss" or "War and Peace"—whatever they like, as long as they present it to the class in a fun and creative way.
Suggest a glamorized poster board detailing the events of the story, or perhaps screen a movie adaptation and talk about the differences between the film and the literature. Maybe students would like to form groups to read the same book, and perform a skit or film a video of some of their favorite scenes for the rest of the class?
The due date for the assignment doesn't need to be right when they return from break, but if you assign it the Friday before, they'll have a week of free time to be excited about what to read and how to show it to their classmates.
2. Create a Christmastime scrapbook.
Assign your students to create a fun memento over break that they will share with the class when they return.
Ask them to include what they did, the presents they received, the people they saw, and whatever else they think is interesting and fun. Suggest taking photos or drawing pictures of significant events, and including small tokens from their holidays, such as swatches of wrapping paper and Christmas cards.
When they return from break, have the students present their scrapbooks to the class or pass them around in small groups.
3. Send your students home with an interesting science experiment.
Have students write a short report about the experiment and how it went to share with the class when they return from break. Here are a few fun suggestions:
4. "Reado" Bingo!
The teacher at twocandoit.blogspot.com shared this idea for reading/math homework to do over break. Students earn points for completing five-in-a-row or the whole page, and you can hand out prizes for the top point earners when class resumes.
5. A simple "color by number" math worksheet.
This project is good for young kids to keep them sharp on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. This worksheet features additions and subtraction problems on a string of holiday lights. Include instructions for what colors match up with what numbers.
By Samantha DiMauro, Education World Contributor
This packet can be sent home for students to complete over winter break. The packet includes 10 activities, a parent letter, and a reading log. The parent letter is customizable to fit your needs. The packet includes 5 math activities and 5 reading activities that coincide with Kindergarten Common Core Standards. Teachers may also choose to use the activities as morning work or during centers. Below you will find a detailed description of each activity. Graphics provided by www.mycutegraphics.com. This product was created by Miss Mack's Kindergarten.
1. Count to 50: Students will fill in a chart by writing numbers from 1-50. This activity is in color and black and white.
2. Count to 100: Students will fill in a chart by writing numbers from 50-100. This activity is in color and black and white.
3. Numbers in the Middle: Students will write the number that goes between two teen numbers (ex: 15 _____ 17). This activity is in color and black and white.
4. One Less: Students will write the teen number that is one less than the teen number on the page. This activity is in color and black and white.
5. One More: Students will write the teen number that is one more than the teen number on the page. This activity is in color and black and white.
1. Color by Code: Students will color a picture by matching the numbers on the picture with the color words in the code box. This activity is in black and white.
2. Initial Sounds: Students will identify a picture by name and write the first sound they hear in the picture's name. This activity is in color and black and white.
3. Ending Sounds: Students will identify a picture by name and write the final sound they hear in the picture's name. This activity is in color and black and white.
4. Sorting Letters and Words: Students will cut out letters and words. Students will sort the letters and words into the correct column. This activity is in color and black and white.
5. Sorting -at and -an Word Families: Students will cut out words in the -at family and words in the -an family. Students will read the words and sort them into the correct column. This activity is in color and black and white.
-Reading Log: Students will read one book each weekday. Parents will fill in the reading log by writing the title, date, and parent initials. This is available in color and black and white.
-Parent Letter: This letter is customizable. The letter explains the winter break packet to parents. It details what the students should do each day over winter break. This is available in black and white.
-Cover Page: This can be printed out and used as a cover page for the winter packet if desired. This is only available in color.
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