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December Holidays Resources for Teachers

Use our printables, lessons, and activities to show students how the December holidays of Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the New Year are celebrated. You can find resources for subjects across the curriculum, such as reading & language arts activities, science worksheets, social studies projects, art ideas, slideshows of festive activities, and more. No matter which grade you teach, you will find an activity that your students will enjoy – and learn from!

December Holidays Themes

Christmas – Teacher Resources
Hanukkah - Teacher Resources
Kwanzaa – Teacher Resources
New Year's – Teacher Resources


Christmas Printables Gallery (K-2)
Top Christmas Movies of All Time
Top 10 Classic Board Games for Kids
Top 10 Stocking-Stuffer Gift Ideas for 2014
Top 10 Kwanzaa Activities (Grades K-8)
Holiday Ornaments & Decorations Slideshow
Hanukkah Slideshow
Christmas Printables Slideshow (3-5)
December Holidays Printables Slideshow (3-5)
December Holidays Printables Slideshow (K-2)
Favorite Hanukkah Activities Slideshow, Grades K-4
Favorite December Holiday Printables Slideshow, Grades K-4
Favorite Christmas Art Activities
Ho! Ho! Ho! The History of Christmas


Shape Poems
Poetic Language in "Memories of Christmas"
Kwanzaa Craft Activities
Synonym Bells
Events in the Life of Jesus
U.S. Holidays Printable Matching Game
Reading Warm-Up 108 for Gr. 3 & 4: Historical Fiction
More Popular December Holidays Printables

Lesson Plans

Activities for African Folk Tales
Paper Making
Winter Holidays
Israeli Children's Songs
Potato Print Wrapping Paper
Holiday Paper Chains
Candle Decoration
More December Holidays Lesson Plans


Hanukkah Spelling Quiz
Santa's Spelling Quiz
Christmas Word Problems
December Holidays Quiz
Kwanzaa Word Problems
Christmas Origins Quiz
Passover Facts Quiz
More December Holidays Quizzes

Art Activities

Make Gift Certificates
Clay Hanukkah Menorah
Hands-On Christmas Tree or Wreath
Starch Poinsettias
Stained Glass Window
Make a Desk Set
Bouncing Tree
More Popular Art Activities for the December Holidays Activities

Reading & Language Arts Activities

O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi"
"Twas the Night Before Christmas": Full Text
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Popular Black History Month Literature Resources
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever -- Project Ideas
Thankful List
Seasons Greetings Around the World
More Popular December Holidays Activities for Reading & Language Arts

Mathematics Activities

Winter Geometry Bulletin Board
Add 'Em Up for Santa
The Elves' Chocolates
Tree Decorations
My Christmas Wish List
Christmas Concerns
Christmas Word Games
More Popular December Holidays Activities for Math

Social Studies Activities

Popular Black History Month Printables, Grades K-5
Popular Black History Month Printables, Grades 6-8
Popular Black History Month Lesson Plans, Grades K-5
Ramadan: The Month of Fasting
Popular Christmas Printables, Grades K-12
The Story of Hanukkah
Winter Holidays Chart
More Popular December Holidays Activities for Social Studies

Science Activities

Jan Brett's Winter Books
Observing Crystals
Viewing Snowflakes
Snow Journals
Quotations from Winter Poems
Snowman Mobile
Winter Holidays Worksheets
More December Holidays Activities for Science

Winter Activities

Winter Solstice – Videos & Activities
Groundhog Day Videos & Activities
How Can You Make a Thermometer?
Seasons Printables Slideshow
Weather Station
Types of Snow
Glacial Pressure
More Winter Teacher Resources


Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, American History, and the environment. Enjoy!

May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water Safety Month!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

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