The Ultimate Easy Holiday Lesson Bundle

The Holiday season is a great time to experiment with fun visual activities that spark student creativity and spread holiday cheer. For ideas on classroom activities, we asked our friends, ed- tech dynamic duos Joe and Kristin Merrill and Matt and Laura Grundler, to share creative and engaging holiday activities Using Adobe Spark for every age student.

They gave us so many great shareable templates – shareable templates are where you can remix an existing project idea and make it your own without having to start from scratch.  Shareable templates just require simply a “copy and share” of the link with students. When they open the link, it automatically copies and saves to their Adobe account upon login. Just click ‘Remix’, log in, and begin!

In this bundle, we have six spark post shareable templates that you can edit and 3 other video and page ideas your students can build from scratch. Whether you are looking for a quick 10-minute lesson opener or an end-year classroom project, this bundle has you covered.

Elementary Ideas from The Merrills:

Spark Creativity into Holiday Lessons!

Holidays Around the World, The Polar Express, Snow Globes…These are all lessons and activities that we (as adults) remember doing in elementary school. But whether you’re learning how to wrap packages or baking a holiday treat, there’s always room for creativity during the holidays. Here are some simple and basic ways that you and your students can get creative using Adobe Spark.

Design Images with Adobe Spark:

Student Santas

Level of Difficulty: Beginner (Replace the background image with a student photo, edit text)

Spark: Have your students take a selfie, then re-order the selfie to be moved to the back of the template. Doing so will place the Santa hat and beard on top of their selfie. Then, allow them to share it with their family!

Shareable Template: Share THIS link with your students

Build Your Own Snowman!

Level of Difficulty: Moderate (students will need to know how to resize/move icons)

Spark: Have your students build their own digital snowman! Use icons to add things like a carrot, scarf, hat, and more!

Shareable Template: Share THIS link with your students

Polaroid Frames

Level of Difficulty: Moderate (You will need to know how to replace the images)

Spark: Here’s a great way to spread holiday cheer from your class. Remix the template, adding images from your class and students. Then, share it with families!

Shareable Template: Share THIS link with your students

Create Webpages with Adobe Spark:

Holidays Around the World

Level of Difficulty: Moderate (Students will need to know how to add images and text)

Spark: Here’s a fun digital spin on a traditional elementary activity! Have your students create a webpage with Adobe Spark that features information from the different countries that they have visited throughout their “Holidays Around the World” unit.

Link to an example webpage made with Adobe Spark

Snowmen at Night

Level of Difficulty: Challenging (Students will need to know how to create images using Adobe Spark, download/upload images)

Launch: Tie this project in with the popular, “Snowmen at Night” series. Read the story, then think about what a snowman might do at night. Save the different images designed with Adobe Spark, then create a webpage with Adobe Spark where you can upload and explain them all!

Spark: Using Adobe Spark, change the background of the template below to change where you can find a snowman at night! What do they do for fun? Where do they go? Then, save the image and repeat as necessary. Once you have all of your images created, launch a webpage created with Adobe Spark where you can upload and explain them. Get creative and have fun!

Shareable Post Template: Share THIS link with your students

Link to an example of a webpage created Adobe Spark

Holiday Treats (How To)

Level of Difficulty: Moderate (Students will need to know how to add images and text)

Spark: Designing the perfect holiday cookie is a work of art! Now, your students can safely get in on the fun with this Adobe Spark webpage idea. Have your students create a tutorial describing what they would add to their favorite holiday cookie (hint –  elements like: sprinkles, candy and dots, etc.).

Level Up: Tie this template in with the book, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.”

Link to an example webpage created with Adobe Spark

Create Videos with Adobe Spark:

Happy Holidays Video

Level of Difficulty: Beginner (you will need to know how to add images and theme music)

Spark: Spread joy this holiday season by creating a class video to share with your students’ families! Catch a few photos to share, upload them into a video created with Adobe Spark. Share the video on social media, in an email, or however you communicate with your families. You can even have your students create their own to get in on the fun!

Link to an example video created with Adobe Spark

Snow Globes

Level of Difficulty: Moderate (students will need to know how to add images, icons and how to add the images created with Adobe Spark into the videos created with Adobe Spark).

Spark: Create a snow globe scene and add icons like trees, snowflakes, and holiday decorations. Then, save the image created with Adobe Spark. Launch a new Adobe Spark video creator and introduce yourself to the audience. Next, upload your snow globe template and narrate the audio to explain what you added.

Level up: In Adobe Spark, try adding a selfie into the snow globe, and then layer the elements accordingly. This gives it the look as if you are “stuck in a snow globe.”

Shareable Post Template: Share THIS link with your students

Link to an example created by a student using Adobe Spark

GIGAbread Houses

Level of Difficulty: Moderate (you will need to know how to add images and audio recordings to your video made with Adobe Spark)

Spark: The perfect gingerbread house is definitely a work of art. But sharing the steps explaining the detail of work is easy with Adobe Spark! As you work to create your gingerbread house, take some pictures of each step. Then, launch a video in Adobe Spark where you can upload the images and narrate – explaining how you designed your masterpiece! One rule – no sticky fingers, please!

Link to an example created by a student using Adobe Spark

Kristin and Joe are two elementary educators from South Florida. You can contact them on social media at: @TheMerrillsEDU, and on their website: themerrillsedu.com

Ideas for Middle School and High School Students from The Grundlers

Creative Classroom Activities to Inspire Joy

As a challenging year comes to a close, we want to share classroom creative activities to inspire Joy. Here are some activities that blend social-emotional learning, literacy, and design to spark meaningful collaboration and infuse happiness in your classroom.  Each activity comes with an Adobe Spark Template that you can use to build from and create anew.

Hygge & Haiku

Hygge is a Norwegian term that roughly translates to “cozy”. Students learn about the meaning of the term here and the meaning and structure of haiku poetry here to create posts that demonstrate creative literacy and understanding of complex SEL ideas in a fun and accessible way.

Shareable Template: Share THIS link with your students (or have them create their own from scratch)

Some More Student Examples

Owen: Age 14

MacQuarrie: Age 10

Snowflakes & Community

Every snowflake is unique, no two are the same and yet they come together to build a beautiful winter landscape, just as unique students come together to build a rich and interesting classroom community. This activity is a celebration of both student uniqueness and classroom community.

Shareable Template: Share THIS link with your students (or have them create their own from scratch)

Snowflakes should:

Save the snowflake drawing as a .jpeg and upload it into Adobe Spark then have students add in their personal traits to create a full design.

Have students collaborate on how to combine everyone’s design into a class creation.

Suggestions:

Gratitude Trading Cards

The smallest gesture can have the biggest impact. In our current times we are in need of not only positivity, along with gratitude not only for what we have, but for others that are in our lives. Why not make something for them?

Shareable Template: Share THIS link with your students as an example (then have them create their own from scratch)

Some More Student Examples

Laura and Matt are two art educators from North Texas. You can contact them on social media at: @GrundlerArt & @ArtGuy76, and on their website: GrundlerArt.com

To use Adobe Spark in your classroom, check out Adobe Spark for options on how to set up student accounts.

Here are three short tutorials that will get you up and running in no time.

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