This week our Kindergarten team will begin Christmas Around the World. The students will be rotating to a different teacher everyday during Social Studies and I will do my same lesson 5 times. I jumped at the chance to do Germany since I know lots of Germany facts from teaching 3rd grade. (Our town was founded by a German prince and we do a lot of German heritage in 3rd grade and I always added Christmas in Germany to that unit). I knew right off the bat how I wanted to do this for kindergarten - Thank you Pinterest! I saw this adorable and educational Christmas tree on Pinterest a month or so ago that I pinned from Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten. (Click on the picture to see her blog post).
I didn't want to pre-cut the strips for the entire Kindergarten so instead I made a template for the design that I will copy onto green paper. The students will cut on all the black lines and then order the strips from shortest to longest. The template also includes the star (which I will copy on yellow or white depending on availability) as well as the words to O Tannenbaum and O Christmas Tree. There is also a title "O Tannenbaum" written in dashed print so the students can trace it and glue to the top or bottom of the page. Once they have finished assembling the tree, I will let them add snow (like above) or decorations with paint and a q-tip. Freebie Alert: Click the picture below to download the template. I'd love to know how your students like this activity if you use it!
Here are a couple other Christmas tree projects you could do with your kiddos:
|Hand print Christmas Tree|
Hopefully these ideas will help as we countdown to Christmas! I'd love to know if you have any other Christmas tree activities you do in your class.