Try Winter Celebrations And Special Days For Great Teaching Themes

Winter Celebrations Are Approaching

It's time again to celebrate as we approach February and all the various celebrations and special days that are happening soon. We have Chinese New Year, Hundredth Day of School, Groundhog Day, Valentines Day and in some cases other special days as well.
What better time to add a little fun and theme into daily lessons than now. 

First up is Chinese New Year. This celebration lasts for two weeks, so it can actually be a focus for more than one day.

​Kids love to hear the story of the animals in the Great Race and learn about the zodiac animals and the years they are linked to. This year is the year of the Tiger. Why not use a tiger theme when doing activities to do with Chinese New Year.
I have a bundle of sight words that features each of the different animals of the zodiac. They are fun to use and they can be helpful as children learn to recognize high frequency words. You can check them out here.

I also have a couple of other resources that work well for math and literacy.
Chinese New Year Activities includes some math and literacy activities.
Winter Fun Math Activities features special activities for Chinese New Year as well as Valentines Day and Hundredth Day of School.
Groundhog Day comes right after Chinese New Year this year. It is fun to find out if the groundhog will predict more winter or an early spring. With all the snowstorms and floods we have had this winter, so far, where I live, an early spring would be welcome.

​Here is a Groundhog Day Activity booklet of math and literacy ideas that I created that might be fun to use for this day.

If you are interested in Groundhog themed sight word cards, I have a set of them available also.
For 2022, a special day is coming to celebrate twos. It is the second day of the second month of the twenty-second year of this century. Wow! What a great opportunity to work with numbers and enjoy this event. Maybe Groundhog Day could be combined with Twos Day. Here is a resource I created for this day. It can also be used at other times of the year. 
Of course, when you mention February, people immediately think of Valentines Day. There are so many different activities and crafts available to celebrate this day of friendship and love. Here are some that might be of interest to you.
Valentines Sight words and bingo
Valentines Day Math And Language Games
Numbers And Number Words Match
Themed Place Value Practice
Do you celebrate the hundredth day of school? I know that this is a popular celebration at many elementary schools where I live. It is a day to do everything "Hundreds". At schools that I worked at, we would have tables set out in the hallways to display collections of a hundred. Primary classes would sometimes get together to do activities as well. Here is an activity resource that might be of interest for One Hundred Days at School.
Well, there you have it. A bunch of ideas and resources to make your special days fun for your students. I hope you enjoy these days of celebration.
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