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Kwanzaa – Teacher Resources

Kwanzaa always begins on December 26. Celebrate the African-American and Pan-African families, communities, and cultures with Kwanzaa resources, arts & crafts, lessons, and printables. We have lesson plans on the history of the holiday, activities to help your students learn more about the different aspects of Kwanzaa, printables for writing holiday poetry, project instructions for creating paper chains and wrapping paper, vocabulary lists, biographies of important Kwanzaa figures, and more! These activities are sure to increase your students' awareness of other cultures and beliefs.


Holiday Memory Game
Kwanzaa Candles
What Is Kwanzaa? Packet
How Many Holiday Things?
Kwanzaa Craft
Kwanzaa, the African-American Celebration of Ancestry
Santa Learns About Kwanzaa
More Kwanzaa Printables

Lesson Plans

Winter Holidays
Holiday Poems
Holiday Paper Chains
What Is Kwanzaa?
Potato Print Wrapping Paper
Activities for African Folk Tales
African Storytellers
More Kwanzaa Lesson Plans


Kwanzaa Word Problems
December Holidays Quiz
Kwanzaa Facts Quiz

Art & Music Activities for Kwanzaa

Holiday Ornaments & Decorations Slideshow
Happy Holidays

Reading & Language Arts Activities for Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa Symbols & Celebration
Kwanzaa Terms Matching Activity
To Market in Africa

Social Studies Activities for Kwanzaa

Top 10 Kwanzaa Activities (Grades K-8)
December Holidays Printables Slideshow (K-2)
Favorite December Holiday Printables Slideshow, Grades K-4
Winter Holidays Chart
Kwanzaa Background
December Holidays Printables Slideshow (3-5)
An Overview of Kwanzaa
More Kwanzaa Activities for Social Studies

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Black History Resources

Slavery Writing Prompt
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
Supporting Tolerance and Cultural Understanding at Home and Around the World
Garrett Morgan Coloring Page
Visualizing Jazz Scenes of the Harlem Renaissance
An Extraordinary Bus Ride: Rosa Parks
More Black History Resources

Winter Activities

Winter Holidays Worksheets
Winter Solstice – Videos & Activities
Let It Snow!
Jan Brett's Winter Books
Seasons Printables Slideshow
Types of Snow
Winter-Themed Bulletin Board
More Winter Teacher Resources

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Celebrate the Festival of Lights in your classroom! Hanukkah begins at sundown December 6.

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.