The last couple of years that I had a classroom of my own I've always asked my students what they want to do for Christmas and they have always decided to pull names and buy a present for one of their classmates. It has always worked with great success! I feel like I've been pretty lucky to work in an area where students needs are being provided for them... but this isn't always the case.
|John and I filled two reusable containers instead of shoeboxes|
Later on in December, your class could also do a hamper for a needy family in the city/town that you work in... we have a Cheer Board where I live that a class could likely easily put a hamper together for.
|This is everything we manages to fit inside... we filled|
them for boys in the 10-14 age category.
AND... you could also learn about some of the places the boxes go to... I know that where I live in the grade 4 social studies curriculum they are to learn about 2 different places in the world. Maybe this could be how you pick those 2 places?
Anyways, like I said at the beginning I wrote about this on my other blog Confessions of a Modern Day Mennonite (if you want more information).