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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


Top 10 Kwanzaa Activities (Grades K-8)
Ho! Ho! Ho! The History of Christmas
Hanukkah Classroom Activities Gallery
Favorite Hanukkah Activities Slideshow, Grades K-4
Favorite Christmas Art Activities
Favorite December Holiday Printables Slideshow, Grades K-4
December Holidays Printables Slideshow (K-2)
Christmas Printables Gallery (K-2)
Holiday Ornaments & Decorations Slideshow
Christmas Printables Slideshow (3-5)
Top 10 Stocking-Stuffer Gift Ideas for 2015
December Holidays Printables Slideshow (3-5)
Top 10 Classic Board Games for Kids
Top Christmas Movies of All Time


The Story of Hanukkah
Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights
Make and Play the Dreidel Game
A Holiday from Another Culture
Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights Exercises
Poetic Language in "Memories of Christmas"
Holiday Memory Game
More Popular December Holidays Printables

Lesson Plans

Thankful List
Winter Holidays
Holiday Poems
Create a Menorah Gallery
What Is Kwanzaa?
Holiday Paper Chains
Clay Hanukkah Menorah
More December Holidays Lesson Plans


All About Hanukkah Quiz
Christmas Word Problems
A Traditional Christmas Quiz
Hanukkah Facts Quiz
Santa's Spelling Quiz
December Holidays Quiz
Kwanzaa Word Problems
More December Holidays Quizzes

Art Activities

Making a Hanukkah Card
December Holidays Printable Book (K-2)
Kwanzaa Craft
Christmas Printable Book (Grades K-2)
Cotton Ball Holiday Cards
Hanukkah Coloring Page
Collage Christmas Tree
More Popular Art Activities for the December Holidays Activities

Reading & Language Arts Activities

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

Mathematics Activities

Add 'Em Up for Santa
The Measurement Elf
Decorate a Tree
Santa's Workshop
Christmas Word Games
It's Winter Weather
Itty-Bitty Decimal Gifts
More Popular December Holidays Activities for Math

Social Studies Activities

Popular Christmas Printables, Grades K-12
Jingle Bells
Popular Christmas Art & Music Activities
Kwanzaa Candles
Holiday Bingo (K-4)
Hanukkah (or Chanukah), the Jewish Festival of Lights
Dreidel Games
More Popular December Holidays Activities for Social Studies

Science Activities

Winter Holidays Worksheets
Jan Brett's Winter Books
Winter Solstice Activities
Winter Holidays Chart
Winter Holiday Bookmarks
Teacher's Guide to Jan Brett's Gingerbread Friends
Explaining the Winter Solstice
More December Holidays Activities for Science

Winter Activities

Winter Solstice – Videos & Activities
Seasons Printables Slideshow
Let It Snow!
Winter-Themed Bulletin Board
Types of Snow
Winter Crossword Puzzle
Weather Station
More Winter Teacher Resources

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner! It's (Thursday) November 26, this year. Use videos, lessons, and worksheets to teach the history and cultural significance of the holiday. Then, enjoy our crafts to celebrate and decorate!

December Calendar of Events
December is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World AIDS Day (12/1), International Volunteer Day (12/6), Hanukkah (begins at sundown 12/6), Handwashing Awareness Week (12/6-12), Computer Science Education Week (12/7-13), Human Rights Day (12/10), Winter Solstice (12/22), Christmas (12/25), Kwanzaa (begins 12/26), Visit the Zoo Day (12/27), and New Year's Eve (12/31). Plus, celebrate Bingo's Birthday Month, Universal Human Rights Month, and Write to a Friend Month all December long!

Hour of Code
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Celebrate Computer Science Education Week from December 7-13, 2015 with our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, or the Hour of Code resources provided by Code.org®

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, the American Revolution, and the environment. Enjoy!

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 (and now in print!), 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.