ALEX Lesson Plan


Christmas Creations

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Author:Lynne Burgess
System: Calhoun County
School: White Plains High School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 25365


Christmas Creations


Students will create their own Christmas ornaments and gift labels. Students must be able to set up the formatting for these documents appropriately using graphic design software.  (Please also see project-based lesson plan attachment.)

This is a Commerce and Information Technology Lesson Plan.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
Business, Management, and Administration
BMA (2009)
Grade: 9-12
Multimedia Design
6 ) Utilize graphic design software to create business and personal publications.

Examples: newsletters, brochures, business cards, calendars

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will design and create their own Christmas ornament and sheet of Christmas gift labels.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

Students may discover that their ideas for designs will not transfer to paper appropriately or that if they were to market their design there would need to be some changes. Students will determine the correct type of software and equipment to be used for creating each design.

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

91 to 120 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Glue or adhesive tape
Yarn or String
Single Hole Punch
Individual address label sheets for printers (suggested 30 labels with 1" X 2 3/8" dimensions)
Bond paper, optional
Project-Based Lesson Plan attachment

Technology Resources Needed:

Color printer
Graphic Design software and/or Microsoft Word


Students should already be familiar with graphic design software packages (also Microsoft Word's graphic design capabilities).
Students should have already covered manipulation and import of images.

1.)Students should brainstorm an idea for design of a 3" diameter Christmas ornament.

2.)Students should then determine which software package they intend to use and draw their 3" circle. Students should draw or incorporate their design within the 3" circle. (Students should actually create two circles, but they need to determine this on their own.)

3.)When students have finished their ornament design on the computer, students should print their ornament to a color printer and cut out their circles in order to glue them together. Students should glue or tape the ornament together and hole punch the top for the hanger made of yarn or string. (Caution: Let glue dry completely before hole punching.) Student should cut a small strand of yarn or string, feed it through the hole and hang on classroom tree.

4.)Students should now brainstorm ideas to create their Christmas gift labels. Each label should contain TO: and FROM: as well as appropriate clip art. Students should create a variety of labels for their sheet of 30. Some students may choose to create 30 different labels while others may choose to create three designs for 10 labels each.

5.)Students should now begin to experiment with available graphic design programs (and Microsoft's label feature) to determine the best way to format their document to accommodate different labels on their sheet of 30.

6.)Students should begin keying TO: and FROM: on each label and place appropriate holiday graphics.

7.)Students should now print a trial version of their labels to make sure that their designs will fit appropriately to the adhesive-backed label sheet (avoids a waste of labels).

8.)Students should print their Christmas labels on a color printer in final form.

9.)Teachers should refer to Project-Based Lesson Plan on Christmas Creations (attached) for exact time frame, essential question and CTSO activity.

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Assessment Strategies

Assess students using the following techniques:
1. Teacher observation during the construction of the creations.
2. Follow up questions, such as:
Why did you choose that particular software program to compose your creations?
What problems did you encounter during the process that influenced your software selection?
If you wanted to market your design, who would be your target market OR if you needed to change the design, what factors would influence the changes you make to your prototype?


Students could create a sheet of labels using Microsoft Word and a sheet of labels using Microsoft Publisher (or other graphic design program) and compare and contrast the two procedures.


One option for remediating for this project could be a review of label setup within the different programs.
One of the prongs of this project is to decide how to format labels with different content; however, most address label formats are designed to print the same label on each.

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.