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A Month With No Holidays? (Make Up Your Own!)


Students worked hard all week? Do they deserve a special reward for a job well done? This activity will offer students a nice break from structured learning. Adapt it to fit your needs. Have some Friday Fun!


January has Martin Luther King Day. February has Presidents Day. March has Saint Patrick's Day and the first day of spring. ... But what has August got? Boring August has no holidays. So here's a project you might introduce for Friday Fun as the school year winds down

Invite your students to think about a special holiday that they'd like to see celebrated each August. Students might work on their own or with a partner to create a holiday. They will want to choose special holiday symbols (St. Patrick's Day has the shamrock and rainbow, Thanksgiving has the turkey and cornucopia), traditions (Easter has egg hunts, Halloween has trick or treating), and maybe even colors (Valentine's day is red, Chanukah is blue).

After students have created their holidays, you might

  • invite them to share their holiday ideas with the class.
  • have them create posters to promote their holidays as part of a "campaign" to get their classmates to vote for their holiday suggestions.
  • hold a class vote so they can choose the holiday they'd most like to celebrate in August; the holiday that they think was most persuasively promoted.
  • challenge them to make a bar graph to show the results of the class vote.

Click the link below to read an article about this activity. The article includes some special holidays you can share with students to get their brain juices flowing and some actual "holidays of their own" that were created by kids.


A Month With No Holidays? Make Up Your Own!
Education World (August 8, 1997)

Find links to more Friday Fun activity ideas in our Friday Fun archive.

Article by Gary Hopkins
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