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Activities and Fireworks for Winter

December 10-14

A Christmas Carol, Stave Five

Workshop Activities

1. Craft - Scarves

2. Key Points - Precipitation

3. Collaborative – How Seasons Are Made

4. Writing – Book Report

5. Math/Logic – Symmetrical Snowflakes

6. Genius Principle – Christmas List

7. Big Activity – Review Quiz

8. Movement - Winter Yoga

Minecraft Activities

  1. Hero's Journey for A Christmas Carol

  2. Weather quiz game

  3. Snowstorm survival

  4. Build challenge: snowman

Upcoming Events

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  • 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.

  • Do some Dreidel science:

  • Bend white iridescent pipe cleaners into snowflake shapes with clear beads on them.

  • In Scrooge's time, people heated their homes with coal in the fireplace. Use a charcoal pencil to draw a scene from the story.

  • Pretend to be one of Santa's elves. Make and/or decorate some small wooden toys.

  • Ginger acts as a useful food preservative, and has been proven to kill the harmful bacteria salmonella. Decorate some gingerbread Cookies or make a gingerbread house.

  • Cut paper snowflakes.

  • Draw snowflakes (or snowmen) on graph paper – be sure to make them symmetrical!

  • Make a barometer:

  • Watch several different film adaptations of A Christmas Carol. Compare and contrast the different movies. If you were to make your own version of the story, what would you change? What actors would you cast for your movie? Make a storyboard of your ideas.

  • Draw a picture that depicts the scene where Scrooge is excited about Christmas.

  • A Christmas Carol is narrated in the third person but sticks closely to Scrooge's point of view. Choose your favorite character and write a chapter from their point of view – for example, it might be fun to view Scrooge through Bob Cratchit's eyes when he comes into the office on Boxing Day oblivious to the change in his boss's character.

  • Make your own catalog, full of things you could sell. Give your catalog to friends and family and sell your items.

  • Play some math games:

  • Identify the differences between north pole and south pole. Compare the weather, the flora and fauna, and the geology.

  • Consider how Santa might power his workshop. Come up with theories and draw a picture that portrays how the North Pole is powered and (if necessary) how that power gets there.

  • Write how you can “keep Christmas” or honor another holiday.

  • Play in the snow.

  • Make snow.

  • Memorize all verses to “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” A traditional English Christmas carol.

  • Do some Christmas science:

  • Write a letter, fold it, and seal it with sealing-wax.

  • Prepare and perform a skit about the water cycle.

  • Make a pomander ball.

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