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Featured Worksheet

Winter is here, and the holidays are right around the corner. Get in the spirit with this snowflake pattern worksheet.
This is one of the ten worksheets that are part of our New Years Eve pack, available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store or included with your membership on ExpandingMindsLearning.com.
The Dreidel Game

Materials Needed: 
-a dreidel
-Hanukkah gelt (chocolate coins)

How to Play:
  1. Divide up the Hanukkah gelt evenly between all the players.
  2. Each player will put one piece of gelt in the center to start.
  3. Let the youngest player go first.
  4. Spin the dreidel.
  5. Do the action listed on the chart below for the Hebrew letter that lands facing up.
  6. When the center is empty, everyone puts one piece of gelt back in.
  7. Play until someone wins all the gelt, then split up the gelt evenly so everyone can share. 
Art Project: Picture Frame Christmas Ornament

Materials Needed:
-paper plate
-scissors
-photo
-tape
-(optional) plastic wrap or other clear plastic
-crayons, markers, glitter, stickers, or anything else you want to use to decorate your ornament
-string

What to do:
  1. Cut out a circle, heart, or any other shape from the paper plate that will give you a hole big enough to see your picture through.
    • If you are using a large paper plate, you can cut it down to a smaller size first.
  2. Decorate your frame using crayons, markers, glitter, stickers, or anything else.
  3. Position the photo so you can see it through the opening you cut, and tape it to the back of the paper plate.
  4. You may need to trim the edges of your photo.
  5. If you want to protect the photo, you could put plastic wrap or another piece of clear plastic between the photo and the frame.
  6. Poke a hole near the top, and tie a string through it. 
These make great homemade gifts to send to family and friends.
Short Story: Learning to Ski
 
Luke went to ski school during his winter vacation. He wore ski boots and a helmet. His skis were very long.

It was hard to stay on his skis. The snow was very slippery, and Luke kept falling down.

Luke pointed his skis into a pie shape – together in the front but far apart in the back. This made it so he didn’t fall down as much.

Skiing was very hard, but it was a lot of fun. Luke could not wait to go again.
Read the story together, then talk about Luke's ski lesson.

What did Luke do to make it so he didn't fall down as much?

Have your child draw a picture of something from the story.

Has your child ever gone skiing? What was his or her experience like?
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Field trips to interactive museums and aquariums are great options when the weather is bad for going outside.
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