Students want their holiday break. These few weeks before Christmas can be arduous for both teacher and students. Testing may take up some of the time, finishing a few items left on the teaching syllabus, fill the day. However, the students are not interested in being in the classroom and the teacher has to keep things interesting (and useful) for everyone.
Crafts, drama and music are good channels to use. Craft ideas, such as making a small gift for someone for the holiday (from greeting cards to little dolls for a niece or friend), drama activities such as skits, plays, dialog role play, and music (working with pop songs for kids to sing and act out - see article with lists of pop songs on this website) are the direction that will keep everyone interested.
Games are a possibility, but they last for short periods of time and tend to make many students act up. Keeping the class busy, hopefully even intrigued, and producing a result through physical activities such as music, craft and drama will keep everyone motivated. Happy holidays!
Hello fellow teachers,