Use the lesson below to show upper elementary and middle school students how creative word phrasing and holiday selling are linked together. Build vocabulary and increase verbal skills and logical thinking with these unique puzzles.
‘Tis the Season to be Selling
By Alan Stillson, Copyright © 2011
One method of boosting sales during the holiday season is with letter play. You change one letter in a well-known holiday season phrase and it plugs your business.
Here’s an example:
You own a wedding chapel. You change “We wish you a merry Christmas” to “We wish you a marry Christmas.”
Try to find a letter change in the bold word to plug each of these businesses:
BUSINESS HOLIDAY SEASON PHRASE
Boxing arena ‘Twas the night before Christmas
Florist Had a very shiny nose
Health food store Joy to the world
Sporting goods It came upon a midnight clear
Tanning salon The twelve days of Christmas
Optometrist The eight days of Hanukkah
Plumber The values of Kwanzaa
Transmission shop A partridge in a pear tree
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Happy puzzling and Seasons Greetings,
In our quest to provide children with an environment that is both “living” and beautiful, as prescribed by Maria Montessori, international and multicultural studies are a natural. The world is full of beautiful scenery, varied flora and fauna, fascinating costumes, delicious foods, and interesting traditions which can broaden and enrich our children. If you need some ideas for bringing international and multicultural concepts into your lessons, check out these resources.
Get your students in the mood for world exploration with this soothing old standard, which was a 1948 hit for Margaret Whiting, and a song well-loved by many famous singers through the years. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmLqE1786hA
Get festive in “Down Under” style with our Christmas in Australia Unit Study, including traditions, southern hemisphere Christmas flora, recipes, maps, and more. http://www.amonco.org/winter2/montessori_winter2.pdf
Find lesson planning ideas for the study of ancient Egypt, and the “Go Fish” for Ancient Egypt card game from Birdcage Press both at http://www.amonco.org/winter3/montessori_winter3.pdf
Georgette from Cantemos offers a Pineapple Unit Study, including a dried pineapple recipe, geography, and music. http://www.amonco.org/winter4/montessori_winter4.pdf For more about pineapples: http://www.fruit-crops.com/pinapple.html
Marjorie from Classical Magic offers Study Activities for Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons.http://www.amonco.org/winter7/montessori_winter7.pdf For more Italian unit study information visit http://www.amonco.org/montessori_italy.html Share lovely images of Italy in the winter to help students envision Vivaldi’s world at: http://www.xtrallusion.com/Photo/Galleries/x/Regions/To-Winter/RT54.html and http://www.photographersdirect.com/stockimages/i/italy_winter_sports.asp For general photos of Italian cities, navigate at upper left. http://www.images-italy.com/index.htm
If you have a country or culture in mind, but cannot find unit study materials, check out Make Your Own Multicultural Lesson Plans, Parts I and II. http://www.amonco.org/1summer_sup2001.html and http://www.amonco.org/2summer_sup2001.html
Find more inspiration and information at the University of Missouri’s round-up of websites with information about childhood in different countries around the world. http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1809
FactMonster.com provides fast-fact overviews of childhood in selected countries. http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0930058.html
Enhance your lessons with these nice coloring pages with international costumes. http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/children-around-the-world-coloring-pages.htm
Use masks and mask-making in your lessons with ideas from Rae of The Creative Process. http://www.amonco.org/winter1/montessori_winter1.pdf