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Background to the Feast of the Epiphany

I also liked this Have Everyone Sign a Beach Ball on the Last Day idea from Adventures of Room 129. The ball reads, “We had a BALL in 2nd grade!” Grab a plain T-Shirt and some puffy paint to create Last Day of School Shirts for your Happy Buddies to sport all day long. With the closure of schools due to COVID-19, my kids might not be going to an actual school for the final day this year, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a last day of school. In fact, this year we’ll be celebrating the end of the school year AND a hiatus from e-learning. Delight your second grade class with these last week of school activities and end of the year countdown! Celebrate the last week of school in 2nd grade with 5 days of fun and unique activities and simple daily gifts. Students use the treats to do the tasks!.Also available for Kindergarten, First.

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The Epiphany is celebrated on the Sunday between January 2nd and 8th while the actual feast day occurs on January 6th (twelve days after Christmas). In many European countries the Epiphany, rather than Christmas (Feast of the Nativity), is the day of gift-giving.

The Epiphany is in commemoration of the gifts of the Magi taken from Matthew 2:1-12. The Epiphany is a celebration of the “revelation” of God in human flesh.

The popular song beginning “We three kings of Orient are…” is well known but it spreads an unlikely interpretation of Matthew’s account of the Visit of the Magi. It is generally believed that the three “kings” were actually astrologers following an unusual star. Had these three men been kings, they were likely to have brought escorts rather than traveling alone.

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Interpretation of the Visit of the Magi

The story of the Visit of the Magi makes an important point about the role of the Messiah. Jesus is called “the newborn king of the Jews” by the magi who travel from the east. These men were not Jewish yet they paid homage to the King of the Jews.

Matthew, who wrote to a Jewish audience, hoped to express the universal role of Christ in this story. These men were foreigners but they honored Jesus as their king. Herod, who is not an heir of King David and not the rightful King of the Jews, was threatened by this new king and attempted kill him.

This reveals another important theme of the Gospels: Jesus was not to become a political King of the Jews to dethrone Herod or even the Roman emperor. Instead, he ushered in a new kingdom that extended beyond political regimes.

Epiphany Lesson Objectives

  • SWBAT create a modern day version of the Visit of the Magi.
  • SWBAT describe how the Matthew’s depiction of the Visit of the Magi reveals the universal role of Christ.

Epiphany Lesson Activities

1. Presentation: Provide some background to the students about the Feast of the Epiphany. You may use the student textbooks or create your own mini-lecture based on “Background to the Feast of the Epiphany” above.

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2. Presentation: Read Matthew’s account of the Visit of the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12). Discuss the importance of this story. Using the “Interpretation of the Visit of the Magi” above, stress the importance of the Magi being from the East, non-Jews paying homage to the newborn King of the Jews, and why King Herod would feel threatened by the birth of Christ.

To understand the meaning of the gifts of the magi, show this video:

3. Practice: Have students create a modern-day version of the Visit of the Magi. Give them this simple chart as pre-writing:

Newborn king of the Jews =
Bethlehem =
Herod =
3 Magi =
You might give them a sample pre-writing graphic organizer that looks something like this:
Newborn king of the Jews = newborn king of the United States
Bethlehem = South Bend, IN
Herod = FBI Director
3 Magi = scientists from Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe
Star = E-mails
Gifts (Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh) = credit card, priest’s collar, journal
Assessment: Graphic organizer, (modern-day version of the story), paragraph explanation of the similarities

Bonus Video: Chalking the Door

Chalking the door is a popular Catholic tradition on the Feast of the Epiphany. In this video I explain the meaning of the letters written in chalk above the doors of Christian homes: 20+C+M+B+YEAR:

The last few weeks of school can be challenging. As thoughts turn to summer vacation, it can be difficult to keep our students engaged in schoolwork. With that in mind, here are eight fun and unique ways to spend the last few days of the school year. While showing a movie or giving your class opportunities to sign yearbooks kill time, these activities will make your students reflect on their school year and provide you with classroom.

Hold an Awards Ceremony

As teachers, we are trained to give feedback – both positive and negative. Rarely do we get the opportunity to take time to just celebrate all the wonderful qualities our students possess and display throughout the school year. Take some time in these last few weeks to hold a fun event where you provide each student with a certificate celebrating what makes them special. You can find lists of silly awards online, but some that I have given out are:

  • The Colgate Award – for always displaying a bright smile.
  • The Well-Rounded Award – for excellence in a variety of subjects or activities.
  • The Honest Abe Award – for always being truthful.
  • The Sunshine Award – for always possessing a bright, cheerful disposition

The only advice I’d offer is to make all of the awards positive. It might be tempting to give out The Rolex Award – for the student most often tardy to class – but at this point in the year I think it’s more important to not focus on getting in a jibe at a student who hasn’t been perfect, but rather to acknowledge the positive attributes each student has brought to our classrooms. You’ll be surprised at the pride and happiness your students will feel knowing that you’ve recognized their best qualities.

Get Some Feedback

While it might be harder for us to get anonymous feedback, giving our students an opportunity to tell us what they learned, what they liked and disliked, and what they wish we’d do differently can be an amazingly eye-opening and rewarding activity. Make sure you ask a good mix of questions. I ask what the student’s favorite and least favorite unit was and why, but I also ask if they felt I treated them fairly, if they thought I favored some students over others, and if the work was too easy, too difficult, or just right. These are the questions I want answers to so I can plan to make any changes to my class next year if needed. If you want truly honest feedback, let them turn their surveys in anonymously.

Hi, My Name Is

Teachers often pass along information about their students to the teacher who will work with them the following year. It’s important to get information, like which students really shouldn’t be in a group together, which parents expect you to communicate weekly, and which parents are challenging to get in touch with, etc. However, we often discover that the students have changed over the summer or that the students who might have made last year’s teacher crazy are some of your favorite students this year. You just never know. That’s why I like to give my students an opportunity to introduce themselves to their next teacher in their own words.

Have your class write letters of introduction that you can pass along to their next teacher. You’ll be surprised how honest they’ll be about what they do well, what they struggle with, and what they hope to accomplish next school year. And you’ll be happy knowing that you’re still reviewing important skills like letter writing, spelling, and using appropriate language for the audience to whom they are speaking/writing.

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My Year on a Graph

Most administrators are very understanding about how difficult keeping students engaged in meaningful, educationally relevant activities can be as the year winds to a stop. That being said, I always feel like teacher of the year when my principal stops by my room and sees my students doing an awesome activity when they could be signing yearbooks or watching a movie.

Why not combine your students’ desire to reflect on their school year with a review of graphs by having them create a graph of the “highs” and “lows” of their past ten months? Ask students to list their best and worst moments of the year. I always have them start with the first day of school and offer some suggestions for other “data points,” like field trips, dances, snow days, holidays, big tests, or projects, etc. Then the students can rate how good or bad these events were to them and plot them on a graph. If desired, have them create their graphs on poster board so they can illustrate each event.

Poetry Jam

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End of the year activities don’t have to be overly complicated to be fun. Why not review some types of poetry by holding an end of the year poetry jam?

Invite students to create their own haikus, diamante poems, concrete poems, cinquains, acrostics, and free verse poems about the school year or about what they plan to do this summer. Hold a poetry reading and invite students to share their work. Students tend to be a bit bolder when the subject is so familiar and the situation is laid-back, so you might find that some of your less outgoing students are willing to share their work when grades are not involved.

The Students Become the Teachers

There isn’t much students love more than the realization that they are now the experts on their grade – so much more experienced and knowledgeable than the kids who will be in your class next year. Give them the chance to show off with these next two activities that ask them to reflect on what they have learned and share some useful advice with your incoming class.

The ABC’s of Our Grade

ABC charts, where students are asked to come up with some piece of advice or information for each letter of the alphabet, are a fun challenge to give your class during the last few weeks of school. Invite the students to work in pairs or groups to add some additional fun to the activity and circulate frequently to see what they come up with for each letter. You’ll enjoy seeing how they fit the year’s lessons and activities into the chart, and they’ll have a blast thinking back over all that they’ve done. If desired, save their charts to display next August, and you’ll have one bulletin board planned and ready to go!

Welcome to Your School Year

Similar to the ABC chart, it can be a blast to ask your students to provide your incoming class with advice for how to survive your class and grade. Come up with a list of fun questions, like:

  • My favorite lesson this year was…
  • If you don’t want to make the teacher mad, don’t…
  • One thing I wish I knew in September was…

Your class will love giving the “inside scoop” to their younger schoolmates (and you’ll love reading their responses!). Compile all their responses and you’ll have a fun bulletin board or book to share with your new pupils next fall.

Pocketful of Sunshine

I saved this activity until the end because it’s my favorite. It sounds a little cheesy, but the first time I ever saw it done was in my senior English class in high school, when my teacher asked us to end our year with it. I’ve never forgotten this exercise.

My classmates and I were given an index card for each student in class, along with a brown paper bag. We were asked to decorate the bags with our names and things we remembered from the school year. After we were done decorating our bags, she told us to write one nice thing we remembered about each of our classmates and place them in their bag. We were allowed to do this anonymously. Later, we were allowed to go through our bags and read all of the nice things our fellow classmates had said about us. It was wonderful.

What a great way to spend a few minutes reading what other people thought about you – in a positive way. In my classrooms I’ve added a few caveats when I do this activity. I gather up the cards and double-check them just to ensure that nothing inappropriate gets put in someone’s bag. I express my expectations for positive comments and offer some suggestions for nice, neutral comments for students who don’t know each other well or who don’t like each other. I think this is important too, because it teaches students the valuable lesson of looking for the good in other people – even if they don’t really get along. More often than not, I’m thrilled with the thoughtful responses my students come up with for each other. I’ve also added a brown bag for myself – hey, we need to hear the good things our students think about us too!