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December Monthly Motivators

December Medallion
Read a New Book Month
Rosa Parks Day - December 1
National Christmas Tree Lighting - December 5
Beethoven's Birthday - December 16
Here is a simple, inexpensive gift you can provide for each student in your class or group - the December Medallion.  Tell them you are giving them a gift that will cover the entire month.  Just a thought as we try to make things simpler for our busy teachers and youth workers.
December is a great month to find a new book to read.  Such a variety of celebrations (Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza) and historical events (Rosa Parks, Pearl Harbor, Boston Tea Party) occur this month.  Your students will certainly be able to find a captivating book and you will surely hear the phrase "I love to read" resounding from your classroom.
Good News!  The variety of reading awards is as numerous as the December events:
  • BW the Bookworm - regular and glow
  • BW Bookworm Clips
  • Star Reader Awards
  • I Love to Read Mini Medals
  • I Love to Read Wrist Bands
  • I Love to Read Pencils - regular and mood 
    • Rosa Parks Day - December 1
      On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks, an African American refused to obey the bus driver order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger.  Parks' act of defiance created the modern Civil Rights Movement and Parks became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. 
      Following a discussion of this historic event, help your students remember its significance with any of the following awards:
      National Christmas Tree Lighting Day - December 5
      See how your students "light up" when they receive this Holiday Tree award.  You can celebrate National Christmas Tree Lighting Day or create your own name for the award, such as the Tree-mendous Student Award.  (Could also be a Tree-mendous Reader, Writer, etc.) 
      During this happy holiday month the Holiday Tree could also be used for such awards as the Merry Mathematician or the Holiday Helper (the Helper's Hand could also be used for this one). 
      Your students will "bough" at your feet in anticipation of the Holiday Tree award.
      Every student in America should study and learn about this historic day.  To help the student relate, provide a Jumbo Dog Tag for each student to record the name of a local veteran who was at Pearl Harbor or the name of a sholder killed at Pearl Harbor.  A full list of names of those killed on December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor is provided at the website 
      It is sobering to look at this list of names.  Your students will be challenged.
      Beethoven's Birthday - December 16
      For all you music lovers out there, this is a great time to celebrate the birthday of one of the most respected and influential composers of all time - Ludwig van Beethoven.  This cute Music Note will "strike a cord" with your students.  They will be singing your praises the entire month.