Columbus Day

This is a presentation which, along with a discussion, will teach the students the history of Columbus Day and encourage them to think critically about the “Discovery” of America.


Columbus Day Presentation


Phases of Matter Science Activity

An activity based on two short videos:

One Bill Nye video (cue nostalgia!) about solids, liquids, gas, atoms/molecules, and absolute zero with questions to test comprehension.

If this activity doesn’t take the entire class period, there is an additional, shorter youtube video (“Draw my Science”) about density and volume, also with questions to test comprehension.


Video Questions Word Document

Bill Nye

Draw My Science

New Year’s Resolutions

An activity on New Year’s Resolutions consisting of:

  1. Some vocabulary
  2. A youtube video to watch
  3. Discussion questions based on the video and personal opinions
  4. Talking about setting good goals
  5. Making New Year’s Resolutions

This activity could be shortened to half a class period or lengthened if necessary!

New Year’s Resolution Video

New Years Resolutions


Source for SMART goal setting:

Famous US Buildings

A really quick slideshow presentation about a few iconic American buildings

Ideas to extend the lesson:

  • Explain the history behind each building
  • Have students choose one building (in partners or small groups) to research and do a short presentation for the rest of the class. In English, of course.
  • Talk about similarly iconic buildings in Spain or worldwide.


Famous Buildings USA


When I realized that few of my students had even met a Jewish person, let alone knew about Chanukah, I decided to create a Chanukah presentation to present instead of or in addition to the typical Christmas presentation.

The presentation could be followed by a dreidel game (in a well behaved or smaller class), or further discussion about Judaism.

Chanukah Presentation