Your students will have a blast with this dichotomous classification key!
(It's educational ... sort of ....)
Very rarely in my high school biology classes do we have the time to devote to a holiday activity. I make an exception each year for this fun, but very important activity. I do this activity each year to remind my students of the importance of community service and “giving back” to our community.
The purpose of the activity is very simple: To put together stockings of candy and Ziploc bags of toiletries that can be donated to a local charity.
This is a free download from my TpT store, and is suitable for grades 5-12. Click here to download.
Just before Thanksgiving, I place a donation box in my room. I explain to my students that I am collecting their spare change for a service project that we will do just before school is out for the holidays. I talk briefly about being thankful for what we have, and that we have an obligation to help others who are less fortunate than us. I ask them to place their donations in the collection box whenever they have a bit of change in their pockets to spare. I encourage them to give what they can, and that all donations are a personal and private matter. I accept the donations for about 3 weeks prior to the activity. The students are not allowed to ask each other how much they donated, etc. I use this change to purchase the items needed for the activity.
Students will use the dichotomous classification key to identify each of the candies and each of the toiletries seen above. Each item has been given a very special and unique name for this fun activity! Ok, I'm going to admit that the science is a little "shaky" in this activity, but the students deserve a break from time to time, and they do love doing this activity.
The end result is that you have stockings of candy and bags of toiletries to donate to a food bank, a nursing home, a homeless shelter, or other charity of your choice.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your students and families!