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


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

Lesson Plans

Paper Making
Hands & Feet Reindeer Heads
Winter Holidays
Activities for African Folk Tales
Holiday Poems
Israeli Children's Songs
Candle Decoration
More December Holidays Lesson Plans


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

Art Activities

Making a Hanukkah Card
Christmas Printable Book (Grades K-2)
December Holidays Printable Book (3-5)
December Holidays Printable Book (K-2)
Clay Hanukkah Menorah
Hands-On Christmas Tree or Wreath
Holiday Paper Chains
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 Little Match Seller"
Winter Solstice Activities
Santa's Reading Pack
Thankful List
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever -- Project Ideas
More Popular December Holidays Activities for Reading & Language Arts

Mathematics Activities

Winter Geometry Bulletin Board
Add 'Em Up for Santa
Santa's Workshop
The Elves' Chocolates
The Measurement Elf
Christmas Concerns
Christmas Word Games
More Popular December Holidays Activities for Math

Social Studies Activities

Ramadan: The Month of Fasting
Popular Black History Month Printables, Grades K-5
Popular Black History Month Printables, Grades 6-8
Spice Cookies
Cranberry Apple Crisp
Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa Creator (Coloring Page)
Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights Exercises
More Popular December Holidays Activities for Social Studies

Science Activities

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

Winter Activities

Winter Solstice – Videos & Activities
Groundhog Day Videos & Activities
Seasons Printable Book (K-6)
Seasons Printables Slideshow
Winter Crossword Puzzle
Science Reading Warm-Up: Mammals
Glacial Pressure
More Winter Teacher Resources


Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

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.

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.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

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: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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