I guess I am of the school of thought that uses holiday activities... as long
as they include the elements and principles, etc, and have lots of room for
creativity. I often give them a "beginning" of a project, then let them come
up with the rest.
There is a book I bought years back called "Folding Paper Toys". It is an
Origami book. I checked Amazon.com, and here is the url:
I use an activity from there to make a table with third graders. Then... the
students must create all the food, plates, etc. to put on top of the table
using scrap paper.
While we are folding the paper for the table, we practice a little math...
such as what is 2 times 2, 4 times 4. We talk about 2-Dimensional and
3-Dimensional ideas. I also show them how to make a cone and cylinder, and ask
them... how could you use these ideas to make your bowls and turkey more 3-D.
The kids love the activity, and I am always amazed at their creativity.
Kayenta Intermediate School