Keeping kids engaged right before the holidays is a tall order. They’re going to be overly excited, mentally checked out, and busy with holiday festivities. This can be a difficult time for teachers, but there are some things you can do to keep lessons going and continue effective instruction.
Holiday themed lessons
Turn all of your lesson plans into holiday themed. The more you can relate to the holidays the more your students will be engaged. Plus, they will think it’s fun! There are all types of activities and lessons you can turn into holiday themed. For example:
Snowflake arts and crafts
Holiday writing prompts
How snow is produced
Holidays and customs around the world
With a little creativity, your lessons will be productive, educational, and festive.
Keep firm behavior standards
In order to keep the peace, you’re going to have to enforce firm behavior standards. The standards may not differ from your ordinary classroom rules, but now more than ever, they need to be reinforced. Do not tolerate poor behavior and be sure to reword acceptable behavior. Doing so should keep things under control right before the holidays.
Have a holiday countdown
Keeping track of the days left until break is a fun way to remind students that class is still in session. By saying there are X amount of days left let’s see you didn’t now there is still that much time they have before they can turn their brains off. It will get them excited for the holiday, but also keep them in check. You can have a running tally on the board, or assign each student with a number to announce at the beginning of each school day.
Read/watch holiday favorites
There are a ton of great holiday themed books out there. There are also a large amount of educational holiday movies. If you have extra time to spare I want to treat your class to a movie the polar express is a great kid friendly movie to play before the holiday break. You can also read about different cultures and holiday celebrations. No
Matter what you decide, your students will love it!