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May the Fourth Be With You: Celebrating Star Wars Day in the Classroom

The month of May is home to a ton of holidays, and there are lots of ways to make each one fun. But on May 4th, you almost don't even have to try to make Star Wars Day fun.

It doesn't matter if your kids are familiar or not with the pop culture icon, your students will appreciate the opportunity to get creative and briefly get transported to a different world through these activities and games.

1. Star Wars Terrarium

Not only does this activity celebrate Star Wars day, it celebrates spring in general. Plant activities are a great way to get students back into appreciating the green that nice weather brings with it.

This activity also lets student have a take-home craft which they will love and certainly will love to show. According to the creator, all of the supplies are very inexpensive and can be found in a nature and garden store for next to nothing. 

2. Back-to-Back Game, Star Wars Style

You may have heard of this game before and even tried it in your classroom at some point. In honor of the fourth, put a fun Star Wars twist on it.

Begin by giving a fun Star Wars tidbit and open the door for students to emerge themselves in fantasy- tell your students about C-3PO, a robot character from the Star Wars universe, is able to communicate in six million different ways.

Prompt them to see how many ways they can communicate in the back-to-back game, where each students works with one partner to build or draw the same creation with backs against each other. Feel free to create a Star Wars theme for creations.

3. Star Wars Names For the Day

Have your class use these word games to create their "Star Wars Name." Your kids will love seeing what silly name belongs to them and it's perfect for an activity that costs nothing and take up minimal time while still being fun.

There are several ways to get started generating names; check out this link to see how. 

4. Language Arts 'Epic Hero' Lesson Plan

This is for some hearty learning materials if you want to expand on your language art lessons with some Star Wars content. Check out this Epic Hero Star Wars lesson plan which prompts your class to think of why Luke Skywalker is or is not an epic hero considering the literacy traits of what makes a character one. The plan even has ideas for how to adapt across grade levels. 

5. Star Wars Mentor Study

This site includes descriptions of why pivotal Star Wars characters are mentors. This is a great activity that involves a lot of individual participation would be reading through the mentor traits of each character and asking the class if the Star Wars mentors remind them of anyone in his or her life. 

May the Fourth Be With You and Your Class! 


Compiled by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor