January


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If you're looking for something different for a Martin Luther King Day activity, this is it.  The "mpatapo" (em-pa-ta-poe) symbol means "knot of pacification/reconciliation".  It is a symbol of peacemaking.  Mpatapo is an African symbol known as adinkra, from the Asante tribe of Ghana.  I thought it was an appropriate representation of what Dr. King tried to do with his peaceful marches, sit-ins and speeches, as he sought nonviolent solutions for abolishing discrimination; so I featured it on this quick, easy and fun MLK Day craftivity.  

6 pages.

This mitten-themed emergent reader, is a quick, easy and fun way to have students practice simple writing skills and end punctuation.  Completed projects make an adorable winter bulletin board.  Scatter the mittens on a background of blue snowflake wrapping paper, with paper cut out snowflakes or white doilies for a border.

20 pages.

Review the ug word family with this hot chocolate mug craft.  Completed projects make a sweet winter bulletin board.  (For that finishing touch, have children glue their photo to the center of the snowflake.) If students write the words on the back, then punch a hole in the handle and suspend from the ceiling.

26 pages

This snowflake craftivity packet, is a super-fun way to review word families. The activities are great for independent word work or Daily 5.  Completed projects make an awesome winter bulletin board

8 pages

Review a variety of 2D shapes as well as the 3D cylinder shape, with this cute snowman windsock.  This activity can be done as an independent center, or as a whole-group listening and following directions "craftivity".

5 pages.

Packet includes 3 heart-shaped Venn diagrams: 1 for Valentine's Day, another plain to compare and contrast whatever, plus a Venn Friend diagram to use for Martin Luther King Day or a back-to-school activity.

2 pages.

If you celebrate 100 Day in February, you may want to include some conversation candy hearts in your activities.  I have all sorts of candy heart packets and made this one especially for 100 Day. 

19 pages.

Choose from 11 sets of cards to play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games.  Children can match animals to animals, animals to their symbols, or animal cards to word cards.  Includes background information about Chinese New Year, a list of what the animal traits are, along with the years that they were the special animal + a spinner game.

10 pages.

The packet includes a full-color Chinese flag, as well as a black and white one for students to color, plus historical background information, and a Venn diagram where students can compare the US flag with China's, as well as a Venn diagram comparing Canada's flag with the Chinese flag, + a blank one where you can choose another flag to compare to China's.

29 pages.

Besides the lantern craftivity, this packet includes super-interesting facts and history about Chinese lanterns and the famous Lantern Festival, with lots of fascinating links to short YouTube videos of lion dancing, stilt walking, dragon dancing, floating lanterns, and parades, that will take your students to China in the comfort of your classroom. 

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