Educational Lesson Plan Ideas for Diversity


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Diversity is an important topic in education. Teachers and afterschool professionals can help instill an appreciation for other cultures in students. With our EduCraft® Kids of All Nations Craft Kit, kids can create and design their own paper craft based on a specific nation. There are 8 lesson plans for you to use below that go along with this craft kit. These activities incorporate the topic of diversity into subjects like Science, Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts.

Download the Free Activity Guide here for a printable version of the lesson plans!

EduCraft® Kids of All Nations Craft Kit

Age Group: 7 and up
Project Time: 60 minutes

Craft Kit Includes:

  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Paper Fasteners
  • Paint Brushes
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Precut Paper Figures
  • Yarn
  • Patterns
  • Teaching Guide with instructions and illustrations

Additional Materials:

  • Pencils
  • Scissors

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Across the USA Theme – State of New York


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Celebrate New York as the Across the USA theme throughout December. Create fun activities for your residents that take advantage of the holiday attractions in New York City, like Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, the Fifth Avenue window displays, Central Park, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Rockefeller Center

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Rockefeller Center is popular this time of the year because of its famous tree lighting ceremony. Each year almost 125 million people visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree that contains over 15,000 colorful lights. This year, consider hosting your own tree lighting ceremony with your residents by simply setting up your holiday pine tree and having residents assist you with decorating it. Instead of purchasing ready-made ornaments, use easy-to-make ornament kits that residents can assemble to help personalize the tree.

For instance, invite your facility’s Beading Club to make beaded ornaments, or ask your Sewing Club to stitch ornaments for your tree. If you rather use traditional ornaments, then invite your Crafts Club to decorate ball ornaments with paint, glue, and glitter before hanging them on the tree. Finally, encourage residents to assemble holiday paper chains that can easily wrap around the tree as garland.

If a large tree is not an option, then provide residents with smaller trees that they can decorate. For instance, use unfinished wooden pine trees that residents can paint and use as decoration throughout your facility for the season.

Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall, which is also located within Rockefeller Center, is known for being the headquarters of the dancing group the Rockettes. Each year the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes attracts a lot of visitors who enjoy watching the dancers perform “The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.” This year, bring that same excitement to your facility’s common areas by filling the spaces with lots of snowflakes and beautiful Christmas balloons. In addition, add to the festive environment by playing holiday music and scheduling a few holiday karaoke sessions for your residents, using a Christmas karaoke CD set.

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Get inspired by the beautiful window displays that are found along Fifth Avenue by creating a fun holiday-themed diorama in your own facility. Brainstorm with residents about this year’s theme for the display, then use holiday elements to bring the display to life. For instance, use Christmas stockings, jingle bells, and a 5-foot Santa for a St. Nicholas theme. In contrast, use snowflakes, tree ornaments, and foam gingerbread houses for a winter village theme.

In addition, use the colors of Hanukkah, blue and white, to create a beautiful holiday display for your Jewish residents. Use blue garland and a menorah for the display.

Central Park

Since Central Park is known for its ice skating during this winter month, provide crafts across the usa seniorsfor residents to make that relate to wintertime activities. For example, invite residents to make sleds, snowboarders, skiers, and even snow globes.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Finally, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a popular landmark in midtown Manhattan that draws both worshipers and sightseers. In recognizing the cathedral, provide your residents with Christian crafts for them to assemble, like beaded crosses or beaded angels. In addition, use stained glass kits that tie in with the beautiful stained glass that can be found the cathedral. For example, as a craft, use Christmas-themed stained glass frames for residents to make.

About Not Just Bingo:

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Not Just Bingo is an online resource of fun, senior activity ideas for activity professionals of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. They have been providing fun activity ideas online since 2009, and continue to assist activity professionals across the country by creating meaningful and engaging activity ideas for their residents that go “beyond bingo.” Not Just Bingo feels privileged to help activity directors better the living experiences of their residents while demonstrating that a senior’s quality of life can actually improve when they move to a nursing facility!


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PE Station Ideas for the Winter Athletic Games


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The winter athletic games is a great theme for PE. For my elementary school I have come up with 5 different events, and each one is included in the upcoming 2018 event.

I am a PE teacher at Marion Elementary School in Marion, KS. I teach all students Kindergarten through 5th grade. A few years ago, we had an Olympic theme for our school year. It was very easy to incorporate that into my activities in the gym. The next time the games came around, I decided to create some stations that went along with events that the kids might see on TV. I looked around at my supplies and came up with a few ideas. It is always fun to tie activities in the gym to what is going on in the world around us. Continue reading

How to Shake Up Your Bingo Games in 3 Steps


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How can you keep Bingo games fun and interesting at your senior facility? Try these three ideas to keep you and your residents interested in a game that can become monotonous.

Step 1: Change Your Bingo Patterns

For each one of your bingo games, provide a different way for residents to win by introducing a new pattern. There are several common patterns, like Four Corners and Cover All. But why not add in a few new patterns? Some we have shown below include Airplane, Checkmark, or Pyramid. To print these, view our easily printable download here.

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Featured PE Teacher – Angie Ellis


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This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Angie Ellis:

About Angie:

I teach Kindergarten and 1st grade at Washington K-1 in Tiffin City School District, Tiffin, Ohio. I am also the Chairperson of our District Wellness Committee. I teach approximately 375 students each year. I am currently in my 5th year of teaching.

Current Lesson Plan/Unit:

I am currently teaching my gymnastics unit. This is a 2-week unit that focuses on basic tumbling/rolls and balancing. The first week students learn and practice various rolls on mats (rocking horse, egg roll, log roll, forward roll—with support from myself, etc.). The second week, I focus on balancing. I set up an awesome balancing course that students rotate through throughout class, which they really enjoy. I also play a “Feed the Shark” activity that incorporates underhand tossing to a target on the balance beams that adds a fun challenge to the balancing skills we work on, which the students love to play. Continue reading

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