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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

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

Printables

Shape Poems
Poetic Language in "Memories of Christmas"
The Story of Hanukkah
Explaining the Winter Solstice
Winter Geometry Bulletin Board
Sorting Santa's Toys
Make and Play the Dreidel Game
More Popular December Holidays Printables

Lesson Plans

Winter Holidays
Paper Making
Israeli Children's Songs
Hands & Feet Reindeer Heads
Holiday Paper Chains
Hands-On Christmas Tree or Wreath
Clay Hanukkah Menorah
More December Holidays Lesson Plans

Quizzes

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

Art Activities

Candle Decoration
Create a Menorah Gallery
Make Gift Certificates
Potato Print Wrapping Paper
Make a Desk Set
Bouncing Tree
Starch Poinsettias
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
Winter Solstice Activities
Santa's Reading Pack
Popular Language Arts Activities for Black History Month
A Holiday from Another Culture
More Popular December Holidays Activities for Reading & Language Arts

Mathematics Activities

Add 'Em Up for Santa
The Measurement Elf
Santa's Workshop
The Elves' Chocolates
Christmas Concerns
Christmas Word Games
My Christmas Wish List
More Popular December Holidays Activities for Math

Social Studies Activities

Ramadan: The Month of Fasting
Popular Black History Month Printables, Grades K-5
Spice Cookies
Cranberry Apple Crisp
Popular Black History Month Lesson Plans, Grades K-5
Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights
U.S. Holidays Printable Matching Game
More Popular December Holidays Activities for Social Studies

Science Activities

Winter Holidays Worksheets
Winter Holidays Chart
Observing Crystals
Viewing Snowflakes
Snow Journals
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 Printables Slideshow
Seasons Printable Book (K-6)
Science Reading Warm-Up: Mammals
Winter Crossword Puzzle
Glacial Pressure
More Winter Teacher Resources

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Highlights

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!

Videos
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!