The Holiday Bonanza!
Pick and choose activities to complete. Unlike a typical module, you'll earn points by activity, rather than syllabus category. To get points for the whole module, you must complete one starred (*) activity and the accompanying revision process.
Have an idea for an activity I haven't included below? Come talk to me! I'm open to fresh ideas. :)
4 point activities:
6 point activities (worth 10 after revision):
Shape Poem (4 pts)
Choose a shape that represents the holidays (candle, snowflake, stocking, candy cane...). Write a poem that relates to that shape, then format it to fill your chosen shape.
Santa 3.8 (4 pts)
Does Santa really exist? Write a traditional 3.8 either proving his existence or disproving it. Whichever way you argue, be sure to have three distinct reasons supporting your thesis/topic sentence.
55-word story about winter (4 pts)
Have you ever written a short story? How about a short short story? The challenge of a 55-word story is to get across an entire plot arc - intro, conflict/rising action, climax, resolution - in exactly 55 words (title not included). The best stories include a twist at the end. Choose something winter-related as your subject, and go!
Here are a few examples of successful 55-word stories:
Picture Book Prompt (4 pts)
Want to write something creative but don't want to start from scratch? Pick up a friendly picture book in the classroom. Each has a prompt attached to it - so just read the book and write a response! Your books to choose from:
Letter to a deployed soldier (4 pts)
Write a letter to a soldier who doesn’t have family that can correspond with them. Send messages of appreciation, support, and good will; help each soldier feel connected and appreciated. See A Million Thanks for more details.
Consider for your letter:
Prezi or 5-paragraph essay (6 pts)
Should kids be taught to believe in a random old guy who comes into their house at night once a year without invitation? Create a Prezi or write a five paragraph essay defending your answer.
"Night Before Christmas" spoof poem (6 pts)
Remember the politically correct 'Night Before Christmas' poem we read on Monday? Pick a new theme and write your own spoof!
Holiday Traditions Photo Journal (6 pts)
A photo journal combines photos on a particular subject with meaningful captions.
The details for your photo journal:
Short story or narrative (6 pts)
Winter Short Story/Narrative (6 pts)
Respond to one of the following prompts in an original short story or narrative. Aim for 600 – 1000 words.
Alternately, start your story or narrative with one of these intros: