Teachers should try to avoid diving right into the schoolwork after the break. Instead, make the adjustment a little bit easier by welcoming students back with fun classroom activities that incorporate what they did over their holiday vacations.
Here are a few ideas and classroom activities to get your students back on track and motivated to learn once again.
Here are some prompts for the book:
Returning from holiday break is the perfect time to teach students how to reflect upon the past year and to make positive changes for the new year. Tell students that the new year means a fresh start and they can make promises to themselves that are positive and realistic. You may brainstorm with the students about the resolutions and help them to make the best ones.
The resolutions generally start with:
- My goals for the new year are…
- In the new year, I want to get better at…
- In 2020 I want to learn…
Here are some resolutions:
Provide students easy topics for a writing activity to share their holidays’ experience.
Here are a few ideas or prompts:
- During these holidays I have done several things. First, I…
- The best place I visited during this vacation was…
- My favorite holiday food is…
- During these holidays, the person who I spent most time with was…
- The best gift I have ever received is...
Ask students to bring images of their parents and grandparents to create a family tree.
Students will practice asking and answering questions about Christmas.
Did you eat turkey at Christmas?
No, I didn't. I ate baked ham. It was delicious.
Did you drink Mexican Christmas punch?
Yes, I did. I drank too much punch.
Did you have a Christmas tree at home?
Yes, I did. We spent many hours decorating it.
Bring some cookies and hot chocolate and have a conversation with the students about their holidays. Try having students guess what gift or present they received.