2014 Holiday Blog Hop for Secondary!

I'm so excited to be hopping on board this Christmas Blog Hop for Secondary Teachers!  Thanks to Faulkner's Fast Five and The Language Arts Classroom for hosting!

Holiday Fast Five

One Thing On My Bucket List for the Holidays  - I am determined to learn how to knit... it seems like everyone around me is knitting up wonderful scarves and hats and I'd love to join in the fun.  I'm hoping my mother in law will show me the basics over the break. However, I think I may have two left thumbs...

One Special Tradition - We cheat and open a present on Christmas Eve... but it's so much fun!

One Gift Idea - I love to give homemade gifts and this year I'm going to make spiced nuts.  So yummy, so easy, and so easy to put into a cellophane bag tied up with a pretty ribbon.

One Activity for the Classroom - I have read "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" aloud to my ELA classes (yes, even my seniors!!) over the last few years and they love it! Some great discussions about memories, the message of Christmas, commercialization and more always follow.

One Freebie - Here's a fun and easy to use writing prompt using Winter themed words.  Use it as a story starter, poetry starter, inspiration to make their own and more!  Just click the image below to grab a FREE copy!


Wishing you all the best this holiday season!



  1. I want to come to your house and cheat on Christmas Eve! We don't do that because I know we'd have nothing left on Christmas morning. :)

    Thanks for the great ideas!

    1. Ha ha... we were never allowed as kids, but it's a tradition my husband grew up with.

  2. I'm sure my high school students would enjoy reading "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas." Thanks for the idea!

    1. I'm always amazed at how much my high school students enjoy having a book read to them. Thanks!

  3. You can't beat Dr Seuss! Our school has a knitting club this year--how cool is that?

  4. I've been wanting to learn how to tie knots...I even bought a knot book! I need to learn...you've inspired me!

    And reading "The Grinch" sounds like a great idea!

    Merry Christmas!
    Jonathan from Created for Learning

  5. After completing the winter writing prompt I would have my students use Wordle or Tagexdo to turn their words into art!

    Brynn Allison
    The Literary Maven

  6. Spiced nuts sound awesome! I think I'll try and do something like that, too. Such a cool tradition!


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