Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Around the World Lesson Plan - United States

"Merry Christmas!" Today we will be studying traditions in the United States.

Things to do:

  • Find the country on the world map and color it. (Click the link "World:Countries")
  • Print out country outline to color (older kids can label capitol cites and other points of interests and color their state). We are using the map "United States (No Labels)"
  • Print and use the country notebooking page to keep in your file folder.
  • Share this information about Christmas Traditions in the US and talk about traditions your family has.  

Crafts:
Color and print out this Tanagram tree.  Assemble and glue on to construction paper.  Be creative in the leftover space on the construction paper.

Make Salt Dough Ornaments
Here is a basic salt dough recipe.  This dough comes out with the texture of Play-Doh.   I rolled it out on a floured (gasp! oh the gluten!) counter top and let the kids cut out shapes with cookie cutters. I makes a lot of ornaments. We only ended up using half of the dough. Don't forget to poke holes in your dough before you bake it. These things are hard as a rock!  The kids painted the ones I didn't burn (someone was too engrossed with her new video game...) with poster paint, we let them dry and sprayed with a clear coat.

Fun for all ages!
This is just a small sample of the ornaments the kids made.  We ended up with well over 20.  I burnt all of the reindeer ones, Which was great because we ran out of brown paint.