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Fall Lessons and Activities

Back to School Read Alouds
Back to School Read Aloud Activities
Black Cat, The
Black Cat Lesson Plans
Cask of Amontillado, The
The Cask of Amontillado Lesson Plans
Fall of the House of Usher, The
The House of Usher Lesson Plans
Get to Know Storyboard That
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Graveyard Book, The
Graveyard Book Lesson Plans
Halloween Classroom Activities
Halloween Activities for Your Classroom
Indigenous Peoples
Great Plains Indigenous Peoples
Introduction to Government
Forms of Government Lesson Plans
Masque of the Red Death, The
Masque of the Red Death Lesson Plans
Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony
Pilgrims Lesson Plans
Pit and the Pendulum, The
The Pit and the Pendulum Lesson Plans
Purloined Letter, The
The Purloined Letter Lesson Plans
Raven, The
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
Red Bandanna, The
The Red Bandanna by Tom Rinaldi Activities
Seventh Grade
Seventh Grade Summary & Lesson Plans
Tell-Tale Heart, The
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
Thanksgiving Activities
Thanksgiving Holiday Activities
Towers Falling
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
US Elections
Election Process in US

Winter Lessons and Activities

Ancient China
Ancient China Activities
Black History Month
Black History Month
Brown Girl Dreaming
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Christmas Carol, A
A Christmas Carol Lesson Plans
Civil Rights Movement
Civil Rights Movement
George Washington
George Washington Biography
Gift of the Magi, The
Gift of the Magi Lesson Plans
History of the US Civil War
Civil War Lesson Plans
I Have a Dream
MLK's I Have a Dream Speech
Letter from Birmingham Jail
Letter from a Birmingham Jail Lesson Plans
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Mr. Popper's Penguins Lesson Plans
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Activities
Poppleton in Winter
Poppleton in Winter Lesson Plans
Presidency of Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln Biography
Setting Goals
Setting Goals Lesson Plans
Social Justice Resources
Election Process in US
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Lesson Plan
Those Winter Sundays
Those Winter Sundays Summary & Activities
Underground Railroad
Underground Railroad
Valentine's Day Activities
Valentine's Day Activities
Winter Holiday Classroom Activities
Winter Holidays Example
Women by Alice Walker Lesson Plan

Spring Lessons and Activities

A Single Shard
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park Activities
Al Capone Does My Shirts
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Earth and Moon
Moon Phases Lesson Plans
Earth Day Activities
Earth Day Activities
Inside Out and Back Again
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai Activities
Kira Kira by Cynthia Kadohata Activities
Last Cherry Blossom, The
Yuriko from The Last Cherry Blossom sits beneath a cherry tree. Its blooms are pink.
Mother's Day Activities
Mother's Day Activities
Rules by Cynthia Lord Activities
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Elizabeth Coerr
Hamlet Summary and Lesson Plans
Structure of the Earth
Earth Structure Lesson Plans
Sylvia & Aki
A Japanese American girl and a Mexican American girl hold dolls that look like them. They stand in a farmhouse bedroom.
The Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming
Greenhouse Gases Lesson Plans
When You Trap a Tiger
A little girl looks in shock at a tiger that stands in front of her.

Summer Lessons and Activities

American Revolution
American Revolution Lesson Plans
Bridge to Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia Lesson Plans
Common Sense
Common Sense Monarchs
Declaration of Independence
The Declaration Lesson Plans & Activities
Father's Day Activities
Father's Day Activities
Get to Know Storyboard That
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Glory Be
Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood
Lily's Crossing
Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff
Long Walk to Water, A
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Revolutionary War
Revolutionary War Lesson Plans
Shiloh Lesson Plans
Weather and Climate
Weather Climate Lesson Plans

How To Organize A Classroom Gift Exchange For The Holiday Season


Decide on the Type of Gift Exchange

There are various types of gift exchanges, including Secret Santa, White Elephant, or simply exchanging gifts with a random classmate. Choose the one that works best for your classroom and students.


Establish Guidelines

Once you've decided on the type of gift exchange, establish guidelines to ensure the process is fair and appropriate for all students. Consider setting a spending limit, requiring all gifts to be school appropriate, and setting a specific date and time for the exchange.


Determine Participation

Not all students may want to participate in a gift exchange, so make sure to offer an alternative activity for those who do not wish to participate. Additionally, consider whether participation will be mandatory or optional.


Assign Partners

For Secret Santa or random gift exchanges, use a random pairing system to assign partners. For White Elephant, determine the order of gift selection and opening.


Set the Date and Time

Choose a date and time that works best for your students and schedule the gift exchange during class time.


Decorate and Prepare

Decorate the classroom with holiday-themed decorations and prepare a designated area for the gift exchange. Consider providing wrapping paper, tape, and scissors for students who want to wrap their gifts.


Exchange Gifts

On the day of the gift exchange, remind students of the guidelines and have them exchange gifts. Encourage students to be gracious and appreciative of their gifts.



After the gift exchange, celebrate with a class party or holiday-themed activity to continue the festive atmosphere.

Looking for more? Check out other seasonal ideas!

Frequently Asked Questions about Holiday & Seasonal Activities

What kinds of activities can I do with my students during the fall season?

You can read and discuss classic short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, such as "The Black Cat," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "The Fall of the House of Usher." Additionally, you can create storyboards and graphic organizers to help students visualize the themes, characters, and plot elements of these stories. You can also read "Towers Falling" by Jewell Parker Rhodes, which explores the events of 9/11, and discuss the importance of elections.

What are some winter-themed lessons and activities I can use in my classroom?

You can teach your students about ancient China and Chinese New Year, as well as Valentine's Day activities. Additionally, you can explore the presidency of Abraham Lincoln and read "Mr. Popper's Penguins." You can also read "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry and participate in Black History Month activities, and many more!

What spring-themed lessons and activities can I incorporate into my curriculum?

You can read and discuss "A Single Shard" by Linda Sue Park and "Al Capone Does My Shirts" by Gennifer Choldenko. Additionally, you can teach your students about the Earth and Moon, participate in Earth Day activities, and read "Inside Out and Back Again" by Thanhha Lai and "The Last Cherry Blossom" by Kathleen Burkinshaw. You can also incorporate Mother's Day activities and read "Rules" by Cynthia Lord.

What are some summer-themed lessons and activities that my students will enjoy?

You can use an American Revolution teacher guide and read "Bridge to Terabithia" by Katherine Paterson, "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine, and "The Declaration of Independence: A Primary Source Analysis." You can also introduce your students to Storyboard That and participate in Father's Day activities. Additionally, you can read "Lily's Crossing" by Patricia Reilly Giff.

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