Special Events & Holidays

Complete PYP Lesson Plan List

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Christmas, St. Nikolaus, New Year #1: Auld Lang Syne

Lesson Overview: Children have heard the tune to Auld Lang Syne, but very few of them know the words or what the lyrics mean.  In this lesson, the children learn about the song, its origins, and how to sing it.  I love to do this lesson early in January when… Read more

Betty Turpin

Christmas, St. Nikolaus, New Year #3: Good King Wenceslas

Lesson Overview: In this holiday lesson, students will learn the old carol “Good King Wenceslas” by John Mason Neale.  Many students are unfamiliar with the song, but it is a traditional carol that the students will enjoy learning and singing together. Lesson Plan: Suggested Grades: 4-5 Objective: To teach the… Read more

Betty Turpin

Halloween, All Saints Day #1: Go Away, Big Green Monster!

Lesson Overview: In this lesson students learn the modern classic Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley.  Then, they design and draw their own monsters.  My students love to scream “Go Away” as we take this monster down!  Halloween has never been so much fun!  If you don’t know… Read more

Betty Turpin

Thanksgiving #1: Tony Sarg and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Lesson Overview: Where can inquiry lead?  Why are we inquirers?  Why do we have Units of Inquiry?  What happens if we combine inquiry with creativity?  This is the best lesson I’ve developed about the power of inquiry.  Using Melissa Sweet’s brilliant Balloons Over Broadway, work with your students to think… Read more

Betty Turpin