Lots and lots of activities took place in the week before school let out for the Christmas holidays. In the photo collages above and below English Class first graders are decorating gingerbread biscuits for their Christmas party which was held last Friday.
Don’t they look yummy?
In the week before the Christmas holiday break the first graders also played a few Christmas Minute to Win it games. The objective in the game shown in the collage above is to carefully blow 5 Christmas cards so that at least one card is still on the table, but is dangling over the edge. (The green arrow in the top left photo shows a card that has been blown successfully.) The time limit for the game is 60 seconds which is why the game is one of the many Minute to Win it games.
“Merry Fishmas” was another Minute to Win it game the first graders played during an Advent activity recess. The goal was to try to hook all five Christmas balls within a minute. The first graders had a lots of fun trying!
On Monday of this week the fifth graders brought the Christmas cards they had made to their first grade peer pals. Together the first and fifth graders sang and danced the Reindeer Pokey. Then the fifth grade and first grade peer pals played a snowman race game with dice. On Wednesday the fifth graders paired with their peer pals to walk to the Chirstmas church service at Keskipori Church. They also sat together in the church.
The English Class fifth graders enjoyed their Christmas party yesterday. The pupils had prepared several Kahoot trivia quizzes for one another. Ms. Sylvia introduced some Minute to Win it games as well. The game above, called Christmas Conveyor Belt Ball, involves transporting the red Christmas bauble all the way along the ribbon twice.
The best way to do this is to spin around at both ends of the ribbon and to keep the ribbon taut at the same time. A couple of pairs of pupils were successful in doing this within the 60 second time constraint.
“Stacking Snowmen” involves competing to stack as many sets of 3 tri-coloured mini-marshmallow snowmen as possible in sixty seconds.
The goal of “Jingle in My Trunk/Boot” is to empty the box of the twelve jingle bells by moving your body.
“Rudoph’s Sticky Nose” got lots of laughs from the fifth grade competitors and audience. Each competitor applied a dab of Vaseline to his/her nose. The object was to transport 5 cotton ball noses from a paper plate at the back of the room to the paper plate at the front of the classroom within 60 seconds. Only a nose could lift and drop the cotton balls. It did not take long for the players to realize that blowing upward helped dislodge the cotton ball nose onto the plate.
Either individually or in small groups the fifth graders selected and played certain Christmas music pieces that they like,. After listening to a piece, the pupils would award points from 1 – 5. Wham’s Last Christmas, I gave you my heart won, but Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You came in a close second.
In the photo above the fifth graders are sporting photo prop beards they fashioned themselves from paper. They are wishing all the readers of our blog a very Merry Christmas!