December Planning: Holidays & Curriculum

December comes and goes so quickly with the holidays and family. Below we’ve highlighted some of our favorite well-known and wacky holidays to help you get a head start on planning.

 

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – December 7

Attack on Pearl Harbor

 

With this unit study you will be able to teach your middle and high school classroom all about the attack on Pearl Harbor. December 7, 1941, is a day that many Americans will not forget.  As Franklin D. Roosevelt said, it is a day that will live in infamy.  On this historic day, Japan attacked the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii, forcing the U.S. to enter World War II.  Make your lesson planning easy with the Attack on Pearl Harbor Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. This unit includes a 6-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 20 Hands-On Activities PLUS 1 Fun Extension Activity, 10-page Research Guide, and Answer Key.  Students will learn a brief history of World War II, the events of the attack on Pearl Harbor, damages and casualties of the attack, the aftermath, memorials, and more.

 

International Monkey Day – December 14

A Trip to the Zoo

With this unit study you will be able to teach your 3rd-6th grade class about animals at the zoo. With the A Trip to the Zoo Graphics Pack Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child, your student can study the trip to any zoo. Simply choose a zoo to visit and then use the 17 Hands-On Activities and Reproducible Graphic Templates to complete a study on that zoo. This Graphics Pack contains a 3-day Planning Guide, Related Reading, a brief Research Guide explaining types of zoos, purposes of zoos, where zoo animals come from, zoo management and animal care, zoo rules, and comparing animals in the wild to animals in captivity plus vocabulary words your student might encounter during his or her own research needed to complete a study on a visit to the zoo!

 

Bill of Rights Day – December 15

The United States Constitution

With this unit study you will be able to teach your middle school and high school classroom all about the United States Constitution. The Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787. This was the day that a new government was formed in the United States, the same government we have today. Make lesson planning easy with the United States Constitution Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. This unit includes a 9-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 20 Hands-On Activities, an 8-page Research Guide, and Answer Key. Students will learn about Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, the Articles of Confederation, structure and content of the Constitution, the Constitutional Convention, U.S. citizens and their rights, and much more.

 

Christmas – December 25

12 Days of Christmas Fun

With this unit study you will be able to teach your early childhood classroom fun activities that correlate to the song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.  The 12 Days of Christmas Fun Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child includes a 12-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 24 Hands-On Activities, and Supply List to help your students celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas.  This unit includes both religious and secular based activities that correlate to “The Twelve Days of Christmas” song.

 

New Year’s Eve – December 31

New Year’s Celebrations

With this unit study you will be able to teach your 3rd grade and up classroom about the history of New Year’s Celebrations. January 1 is the first day of the new calendar year in the United States as well as in many other countries around the world. People in America celebrate New Year’s Day with parades, football games, special foods and other customs. Many cultures celebrate New Year’s Day on other dates as well. This pack includes a 12-page Research Guide and 16 Hands-On Activities to introduce your students to early New Year’s customs, celebrations in the United States, celebrations around the world, New Year’s resolutions and rituals, and much more!

 

Which one is your favorite? Is there a holiday we missed that you love celebrating? Comment below or comment on our Facebook page!

November Planning – A Look Ahead at the Holidays

While planning for November, we’ve listed a few well-known holidays, as well as some unusual holidays that you can tie learning into. Which holiday are you looking forward to most?

November 11 -Veterans Day

World War I Project Pack

With this unit study you will be able to teach your 3rd-8th grade classroom about the history of World War I. On July 28, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia and the world suddenly changed. The First World War had begun. Make your lesson planning easy with the 101-page World War I Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. This pack includes a 10-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 22 Hands-On Activities, 18-page Research Guide, and an Answer Key. Students will be introduced to the countries involved, causes of the war, weapons used, and the battles fought. There is also a detailed timeline of events, short biographies of important people, and much more!

 

World War II Project Pack

With this unit study you will be able to teach your 6th-10th grade classroom about the history of World War II. For twelve long years the world was in turmoil as the Allied countries fought against the Axis countries in World War II. Make your lesson planning easy with the World War II Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. This pack includes a 14-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 30 Hands-On Activities PLUS 1 Extension Activity, a 26-page Research Guide, and an Answer Key. Upon completion, students will understand the causes of the war, weapons used, the decision to drop the atom bomb, secret codes, and how the balance of world power shifted as the war came to a close.

Attack on Pearl Harbor Project Pack

With this unit study you will be able to teach your middle and high school classroom all about the attack on Pearl Harbor. December 7, 1941, is a day that many Americans will not forget.  As Franklin D. Roosevelt said, it is a day that will live in infamy.  On this historic day, Japan attacked the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii, forcing the U.S. to enter World War II.  Make your lesson planning easy with the Attack on Pearl Harbor Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. This unit includes a 6-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 20 Hands-On Activities PLUS 1 Fun Extension Activity, 10-page Research Guide, and Answer Key.  Students will learn a brief history of World War II, the events of the attack on Pearl Harbor, damages and casualties of the attack, the aftermath, memorials, and more.

 

The Vietnam War Project Pack

November 13 – Peanut Butter Day

The Peanut Project Pack

With this unit study you will be able to teach your elementary grade classroom about the peanut. The peanut, a member of the legume family, is an annual warm-season plant that originated in South America. Students can learn about this fun and nutritious food with The Peanut Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. Make your lesson planning easy with the 8-page Research Guide and 12 hands-on activities PLUS 2 extension activities to help students learn about types of peanuts, the peanut plant, peanut growth cycle, peanut uses, and fun peanut facts.

November 23  – Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Project Pack

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With this unit study you will be able to teach your multi- grade classroom about Thanksgiving. Every year Americans look forward to the fourth Thursday of November and enjoy the feasting and good times with their families. But Thanksgiving is not just about eating all that wonderful food. Make your lesson planning easy with the Thanksgiving Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. This pack includes a 7-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 17 Hands-On Activities, a 12-page Research Guide, and an Answer Key. Introduce your students to the history, people, symbols of the holiday, recipes, and more!

 

The Pilgrims Project Pack

https://www.handsofachild.com/the-pilgrims-curriculum.html

With this unit study you will be able to teach your elementary, middle school and high school classroom all about Pilgrims. Have you and your family ever moved to a new house or maybe even a new city or state? Have you ever imagined what it would be like to move to a new country? This year as you celebrate Thanksgiving, think about those people long ago who moved to a new country in search of freedom – think about the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child is complete with a 10-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 20 Hands-On Activities, 11-page Research Guide, and Answer Key to help your students study the history of the Pilgrims.

Monthly Holiday – Harvest Month!

Harvest Festival Project Pack

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With this unit study you will be able to teach your early elementary classroom about celebrating autumn. Autumn leaves are falling and it’s time to celebrate the harvest! Your preschoolers will absolutely love the Harvest Festival Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. We have included a total of 15 Hands-On Activities; three activities for each day of the unit to help you and your student celebrate autumn! This is a thematic unit focusing on skills and concepts needed for school, there is no research guide included with this unit. This unit covers the following concepts: the letters L, P, S, R, A, and B; matching, symmetry, and sequencing. Tracer font or cut and paste answers are provided for this unit.

October Planning – A Look Ahead at Holidays

While planning for October, we’ve listed a few well-known holidays, as well as some unusual holidays that you can tie learning into. Which holiday are you looking forward to most?

 

October 9 – Columbus Day!

Christopher Columbus Project Pack

With this unit study you will be able to teach your K-12th grade classroom about Christopher Columbus. Your student may be familiar with the saying, “In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…”but what else does he or she know about this famous man who is credited for discovering America? Teach your students about this famous explorer with the Christopher Columbus Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. Make your lesson planning easy with the 7-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 17 Hands-On Activities, 8-page Research Guide, and Answer Key about the man, his travels at sea, his famous voyage in 1492, and how Americans celebrate that voyage today. What a great way to learn the history of this famous explorer and his travels!

 

October 11 – National Fossil Day!

Fossils Project Pack

 

October 16  – National Dictionary Day!

Words, Words, Words

With this unit study you will be able to teach your 2nd-5th grade classroom some basic tips for using a dictionary and thesaurus.  There are over one million words in the English language.  Luckily there are two very important tools that can be used to find and understand words: a dictionary and a thesaurus.  Make your lesson planning easy with the Words, Words, Words Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child, which contains a  5-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 15 Hands-On Activities,  and a 10-page-page Research Guide.  Students will be introduced to the parts of a dictionary, parts of word entry, and how to lookup a word, types of thesaurus’ and how to use a thesaurus.

October 31 – Halloween!

Five Little Pumpkins Project Pack

With this unit study you will be able to teach your early elementary classroom the poem, “Five Little Pumpkins” in our fun loving Five Little Pumpkins Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. We have included  20 Hands-On Activities that gives you and your child 5 days of hands-on activities to celebrate pumpkins and more! This is a thematic unit focusing on skills and concepts needed for school. There is no research guide included in this unit. This unit covers the following concepts: the color orange, numbers 1-5, circles, square, the letter “P”, sequencing, and graphing. Tracer font or cut and paste answers are provided for this unit.

 

Monthly Holiday – Fire Safety Month!

Firefighters Project Pack

Every year fires injure and kill thousands of people and cause damage to property. Firefighters are people who are trained to put out fires quickly and safely. With this unit study you will be able to teach your K-3rd grade classroom about the types of firefighters, what firefighters wear, firefighter equipment, types and colors of fire trucks, how to become a firefighter, a day in the life of a firefighter, other things firefighters do to help people, what happens when you call 9-1-1, and the history of firefighting. Make your lesson planning easy with the Firefighters Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. This unit includes a 6-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 15 Hands-On Activities PLUS 2 Extension Activities and 1 Fun Bonus Activity, and an 11-page Research Guide.

 

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How About a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving This Year?

One of my very favorite Thanksgiving specials on tv is Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving. Chuck and his friends are always showing some semblance of God in everything that they do.

 

When my kids were younger, I decided one year that while we were studying about the First Thanksgiving, we would watch Charlie Brown and then recreate our very own first Thanksgiving just like Chuck and his friends.

 

To do this, you will need the following for each person:

  • Two slices of buttered toast,
  • Some pretzel sticks,
  • A handful of popcorn, and
  • A few jelly beans

While you watch the movie with your kids, you can eat your own Charlie Brown Thanksgiving dinner. You can even talk to your kids about parts of the movie like Linus’ prayer.

 

In the year 1621, the Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving feast. They invited the great Indian chief Massasoit, who brought ninety of his brave Indians and a great abundance of food. Governor William Bradford and Captain Miles Standish were honored guests. Elder William Brewster, who was a minister, said a prayer that went something like this:

“We thank God for our homes and our food and our safety in a new land.

We thank God for the opportunity to create a new world for freedom and justice.”

 

And who could ever forget the moral of the story in ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ when ungratefulness reared it’s ugly head by way of Peppermint Patty prompting a quick depression in Charlie Brown:

What kind of Thanksgiving dinner is this?

Where’s the turkey, Chuck?

Don’t you know anything about Thanksgiving dinners?

Where’s the mashed potatoes?

Where’s the cranberry sauce?

Where’s the pumpkin pie?

Of which, Marcie delivers the punch line . . .

“Don’t feel bad, Chuck. Peppermint Patty didn’t mean all those things she said. Actually, she really likes you. Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck.

You heard what Linus was saying out there. Those early Pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too.

We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by ‘Thanksgiving,’ Charlie Brown.

 

Have fun with Thanksgiving. Your kids will love that you used a show on television to teach them about the true meaning of Thanksgiving!

While you’re at it, grab our Thanksgiving Project Pack to enrich your studies even further!

Thanksgiving Project Pack

Start a New Family Tradition With the Thankful Tree

During November and December, my kids and I take a break from our normal homeschool studies to break up the routine of schoolwork. During this time, we study things like Fall, harvest festivals, thankgiving, and we do several unit studies based on literature that we can read together.

One of my favorite things during this time is to create a Thankful Tree.

You can create one too and start a new tradition in your family. All you have to do is draw a tree trunk and tape it to your wall. Then trace some leaves of different sizes and fall colors. Each day, a member of the family writes something down on the leaf that they are thankful for. By the time November comes to an end, your tree will be full of goodness and thanksgiving unto God.

 

Looking for more fun studies during November? Check out the following Project Packs we have available.

Prek-1st Harvest Festival Project Pack

 

Grades 3-7 The Pilgrims Project Pack

PreK-8th Thanksgiving Project Pack