December is a month filled with holiday celebrations around the world. Light is a common theme due to the dark days brought on by the winter solstice. Try this lesson plan to check out the holidays and festivals celebrated throughout the different cultures. Holidays include: Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Le Re’veillon, Los Posados, and St. Lucia Day. There is a hands-on activity that shows students how to make a lantern for carrying a candle. For a science lesson, have your students observe candles and what happens when they are lit. Included are assessment questions, and pictures associated with the various holidays
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offers quite a bit of experiments to make your last few classes before the holidays merrier. Try making a string of brightly colored bulbs using colored ink and water. If you are tired of waiting for snow, make your own snowflakes using borax. There are instructions for the construction of a variegated disaccharide “J” tube. Try to solve the mystery of the Mrs. Claus' Christmas cookies. You can learn about crystal development by making a crystal frost window pane. So ditch the lesson plans or online extra work, and try something fun that is hands-on!
Here’s an amazing cove of lesson plans and photographs that show how to teach color theory. Yes, and there is the edible color wheel which uses vanilla wafers, frosting, and food coloring. What lesson plan wouldn't be a hit with the students? Another lesson teaches students how to make tint and shade strips to help them see gradations in color. Find color wheel vocabulary, examples of complex color wheels, and a lesson for making motif color wheels. Get out of the hum-drum lesson plan life and try one of these!
Here's a great mini clip of how each orchestrate member was seated during the Baroque Period, through the Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods. Watch how the orchestra expands with the number of orchestral members and the addition of new of instruments. In the beginning sparse seating was utilized in the time of Johann Sebastian Bach. Soon the addition of brass instruments joined the orchestra under Classical composers such as Johannes Brahms. During the Romantic period Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, and Richard Wagner added depth to the sound of their compositions with tubas, trombones, and more percussion. You can print out each seating chart for more class discussion.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.