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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

Slideshows

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

Printables

Shape Poems
Poetic Language in "Memories of Christmas"
Passover Seder Word Scramble
A Holiday from Another Culture
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: 1890s Christmas
Winter Solstice Activities
Seasons Greetings Around the World
More Popular December Holidays Printables

Lesson Plans

Winter Holidays
Activities for African Folk Tales
Holiday Poems
Paper Making
What Is Kwanzaa?
Israeli Children's Songs
Holiday Paper Chains
More December Holidays Lesson Plans

Quizzes

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

Art Activities

Make and Play the Dreidel Game
Candle Decoration
Stained Glass Window
Explaining the Winter Solstice
Potato Print Wrapping Paper
Snowman Mobile
Santa's Workshop
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
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Holiday from the Past
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Jan Brett's Winter Books
Popular Language Arts Activities for Black History Month
More Popular December Holidays Activities for Reading & Language Arts

Mathematics Activities

The Measurement Elf
Decorate a Tree
Mrs. Claus Helps Santa Get Ready
Winter Geometry Bulletin Board
Christmas Word Games
My Christmas Wish List
It's Winter Weather
More Popular December Holidays Activities for Math

Social Studies Activities

Popular Black History Month Printables, Grades K-5
Popular Black History Month Lesson Plans, Grades K-5
Popular Christmas Printables, Grades K-12
Holiday Bingo (K-4)
Holiday Memory Game
Santa's Christmas Route
Reading Warm-Up for Gr. 1 & 2: Christmas Tamales
More Popular December Holidays Activities for Social Studies

Science Activities

Winter Holidays Worksheets
Winter Holidays Chart
Viewing Snowflakes
Snow Journals
Observing Crystals
Quotations from Winter Poems
Be a Christmas Tree Detective
More December Holidays Activities for Science

Winter Activities

How Can You Make a Thermometer?
Weather Station
Animal Tracks: Who Done It?
Winter Solstice – Videos & Activities
Winter Crossword Puzzle
Types of Snow
Tree Pattern
More Winter Teacher Resources

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Videos
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