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Shining Sentiments

‘Tis the season to shine! What word or words captures feelings about the holidays?

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. The holidays are a time of tradition, family and friends. Share a picture book focused on holidays with students during a read aloud experience. Ask students what types of holidays they celebrate.
    2. Students compare and contrast the class’s holiday traditions. How are the celebrations the same? How do they differ? Think about what words remind you of the holidays. Peace? Joy? Love? Choose a word that captures the feelings of the holidays for you.
    3. Provide each student with a piece of aluminum foil to be glued onto a piece of pre-measured, recycled cardboard. Allow the glue to air dry. Draw the holiday word in block lettering on a piece of cardboard. Use scissors to cut out the word to create an ornament.
    4. Students decorate the foil on the ornament using Crystal Effects Window Markers. The sparkle of the foil combined with the crystal-like marker effect makes a unique holiday shine. Tie on a ribbon to hang your ornament.
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.

    SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.

    SS: Give examples of and explain group and institutional influences such as religious beliefs, laws, and peer pressure, on people, events, and elements of culture.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

    VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

    VA: Identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Celebrate: A Book of Jewish Holidays by Judith Gross; Children Just Like Me: Celebrations! By Anabel Kindersley; Kids Around the World Celebrate!: The Best Feasts and Festivals from Many Lands by Lynda Jones

    Students work independently or in teams of two to compose a holiday haiku that represents the celebration that they have chosen. Encourage students to use holiday-inspired words to help create a unique expression of the season.

    Students use Crayola Crystal Effects Window Markers to decorate the windows of classrooms for the holidays.

    Students interview a classmate that celebrates a different holiday than they do. Prior to the interview, students collaborate to compose questions for the talk. After the interview takes place, students write a few sentences to summarize the experience. Students provide an original illustration to assist with understanding the holiday.


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