8th Graders Share a Cup of "Holiday Tea" ... with a Life Lesson on the Side
During the month of December, 8th Grade Language Teacher Jonalee Buckel’s students were busy working on Holiday Tea activities. Students first listened to and enjoyed the book A Cup of Christmas Tea by Tom Hegg. They then thought about how they could apply the lesson from this book to their own lives. The holiday season—whether celebrated as Christmas, Hanukah, Ramadan, Kwanza, etc.—is known as the season of giving. Students considered ways in which to give of their time and energies in order to help someone else during the holiday season. Some of these ideas included reading to students (pictured below), going for a visit to the local care center (pictured to the right), talking to a great aunt on the phone, writing letters to elderly grandparents in Florida, baking holiday treats with Grandma, shoveling driveways after our recent snowstorms, and volunteering at local churches and community centers. Once students performed the activity of their choosing, they wrote an essay explaining the assignment. Finally, students reflected upon the experience of helping someone else during the holiday season.
Students had much to say about this assignment:
- “I received happiness knowing that I had done something good for my community.” (Kaitlyn Holmgren)
- “Making people happy can make you happy.” (Tadan Holzer)
- “Getting out of my comfort zone was actually kind of fun!” (Hannah Kempen)
- “It felt great to know that I was making an impact on hungry people’s lives.” (Mya Kizer)
Submitted by: 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher Ms. Jonalee Buckel