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Activities and Fireworks for Personal History

Topic: Personal History

December 3-7

A Christmas Carol, Stave Four

Workshop Activities

1. Craft - Decorate Journals

2. Key Points – Dickens' Biography

3. Collaborative – Sharing Stories

4. Writing – Journal Prompts

5. Math/Logic – Graphing Life

6. Genius Principle – Future: Goal Setting

7. Big Activity - Traditions

8. Movement - Past, Present, and Future

Minecraft Activities

  1. Your Past (Heritage): Holidays Around the World

  2. Your Present: Homophones

  3. Building Your Future: What will you be when you grow up?

  4. Build Challenge: What will the world be like when they are parents?

Upcoming Events

  • Weekly teen hangouts in Santa Ana:

  • Disneyland meetup: December 5 - Holidays

  • Field trips – Note: some trips have limited space – register now!!

  • 12/12 Christmas Tree Farm in Redlands -

  • 12/17 Celebration: Christmas With the Scrooge:


Read through the fireworks and choose about five that you think might interest your child. Allow him or her to select 1-3 of them.

  • Decorate a jar to keep journal prompts in.

  • Write a biopoem about yourself:

  • Make a timeline of your life. Include your past, present, and future.

  • Compare and contrast the three main spirits that visit Scrooge. For example, what do you think is the meaning of their differing appearances and behaviors? Write your thoughts in your journal.

  • Write this information in your journal:

  • My name

  • My parents' names

  • My grandparents’ names

  • My ancestors are from

  • My parents were born in

  • My grandparents were born in

  • My family speaks these languages

  • My family celebrates these holidays

  • One tradition my family has is

  • One thing I like to do with my family is

  • Complete a poster about your heritage:

  • Experience your heritage:

  • Do some genealogy:

  • Make a miniature diorama that shows your past, present, and future.

  • Take surveys and make fun charts:




  • Eat foods from your ancestral background.

  • Where does your name come from? Share the story of where your name comes from and what your name means.

  • Complete a family tree diagram.

  • Write silly sentences to master verb tenses:

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