|WOODEN EGG ORNAMENTS:
A bit of paint, some colored pieces of felt and ribbon,
and foam sheets will help you to create these wonderful
winter creatures. Directions are included for making a
penguin, a snowman, and a reindeer.
CHRISTMAS CLOTHESPIN ORNAMENTS:
These clothespin creatures look adorable hanging on the
tree, and are not too difficult to make. Have each student
put the year on the bottom; they are sure to become a fam-
ily treasure. Choose from snowmen, reindeer, wooden toy
soldiers, or Santas.
NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATIONS:
Hold a class discussion of what your students tradition-
ally do, and what they plan to do for New Year's celebra-
tions, comparing and contrasting celebrations. Which kinds
of foods do they prepare? How do they mark the New Year?
Go beyond Auld Lang Syne this year and learn about New
Year's traditions the world over with this technology-in-
tegrated lesson plan for upper elementary students.
CHRISTMAS SUBTRACTION FACT BOOK:
Instead of glittering Christmas ornaments, this Christmas
tree is decorated with subtraction facts. Print out enough
pages for facts from 0-9, and have your students practice
their subtraction facts with a Christmas theme.
THE GINGERBREAD MAN READERS' THEATER SCRIPT:
To be more accurate, this Readers' Theater script is about
a Gingerbread Boy, though of course it could also be the
Gingerbread Girl. Short enough for early elementary stu-
dents, consider adding this play to your holiday line-up
CHRISTMAS JOURNALING IDEAS:
Tune your writing exercises this month to the magical
theme of the holidays with these suggestions for journal
writing, geared for grades three through five.
THE CHRISTMAS BLIZZARD:
Students will conduct simple research, complete crea-
tive writing exercises, practice geography skills, and
complete student science worksheets for this holiday-
themed lesson plan.
MERRY CHRISTMAS BOOKMARKS:
Children's author Jan Brett has created some beautiful
Christmas bookmarks for your students. Laminate them
after printing for a great Christmas gift for your stu-
CHRISTMAS STORY STARTERS:
Find twenty-five story prompts to keep your students
writing on a holiday theme during the month of Decem-
HOLIDAY WORD STOCKINGS:
Print out a wonderful set of holiday words to add to
your word wall for the month of December. Each word is
set in a Christmas stocking.
CHRISTMAS GIFT FRIDGE MAGNETS:
You can buy the magnet strips for this little gift or-
nament, or use the small round magnets and glue them
on. Colorful wrapping paper covers a small piece of
cardboard; attach a ribbon, a magnet, and you've got
a wonderful little gift for students to give to family
Print out these angel templates and let your early el-
ementary students cut and assemble them. They will use
handprints to make the wings, adding a bit of paint and
glitter as they wish. Follow the directions to attach a
string and hang your ornament on the Christmas tree.
FOOT AND HAND PAPER REINDEER:
Even the youngest students can complete this easy craft,
where children's footprints and handprints are traced
and combined to create a reindeer. Attach a string to
hang it as an ornament; younger children can use con-
struction paper, while older ones might enjoy paint-
ing their reindeer with watercolors.
Use the Christmas pattern templates available here to
print out sheets for creating your own paper chains.
Decorate your classroom windows, or let each student
take his or her own paper chain home to decorate the
Use strong tissues or paper towels if you don't wish
to buy fabric for this craft. Fairly easy to make,
these angels can create a tree or window garland for
your classroom to celebrate this festive season. Send
individual angels home with students the last day of
SANTA CLAUS ADJECTIVES
Practice those adjectives this holiday season. Students
will use an illustrated graphic organizer to write sev-
eral descriptive adjectives, and then use those words
once again in sentences with this Christmas worksheet.
Print out copies of this worksheet to have your students
create their own holiday alliterations--or even better-
tongue twisters just for Christmas.
CREATE A CHRISTMAS DICTIONARY:
Divide your students into small groups to create your
own class Christmas dictionary. Students should research
a given set of traditions (Christmas tree, caroling,
Santa Claus, gift-giving, ornaments, etc.), looking up
the origins and meaning of each item. Start here for
some ideas, add your own, and consider doing a special
section for students' family traditions, especially if
you have a multi-cultural classroom.
CHRISTMAS MATH WORKSHEETS:
Select your grade level--from preschool through fifth
grade--and then download a printable math worksheet of
leveled skills, all with a Christmas theme.
CHRISTMAS WRITING PAPER:
Select from a wide variety of images, choose color or
black and white, select your line according to skill
levels, and generate your own printable Christmas sta-
CHRISTMAS WRITING PROMPTS:
Here are a wide variety of winter-themed writing prompts
to use with your classes. Some include visual prompts,
some use a word bank to increase vocabulary, while oth-
ers require poems and other writing formats. Use the
stationery generator above to match your writing assign-
ments with themed writing paper.
Find a template here to lay underneath a piece of waxed
paper. Your students will then dip crochet cotton, twine,
or cotton yarn into white glue and lay their strings along
the pattern lines. While still damp, they will use glitter
to decorate their snowflakes, and then let them dry fol-
lowing the instructions here.
CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS FOR YOUNGER STUDENTS:
For preschool through second grade, find a wealth of
very creative ornament projects here to try out with
your students. Selections include crayon ornaments,
recycled Christmas cards, jingle bell wreaths, star
Santas; hand and footprint reindeer, and many more.
HAVE A GREEN CHRISTMAS:
If you still have to decorate your Christmas tree, then
check this site for some great recycled decoration pro-
jects, with beaded garlands, gingerbread houses, and
The straw used in this holiday project is the kind you
use to feed livestock; you could similarly use twigs,
connecting them at their points with a hot glue gun
(the teacher should do this part with younger stu-
dents). Create either a Star of David or a Christ-
mas star, following the directions here.
CHRISTMAS MATCHING GAME:
In a fast-paced drill of human memory skills and reten-
tion, of speed and sleight-of-hand... Well, this online
game may not be quite such a feat of marvel and skills,
but it does require the concentration of your students
to find the matching item by clicking on the correct but-
READERS' THEATER SCRIPT -- THE BAKER'S
If you're still stuck for a Christmas or holiday program
and presentation this year, try this Readers' Theater ver-
sion of "The Baker's Dozen", from the classic St. Nicholas
tale. Narrators retell the story, while other students can
get involved carrying mobile scenery across the stage (try
a giant cardboard gingerbread man, carried on a stick), cre-
ate sound effects as a side group, and act as customers at
the baker's store.
DECEMBER INTERACTIVE CALENDAR:
This great little online tool allows you to find out what
happened on a certain day in December in history, and then
to link to excellent science, crafts, and art activities
to further develop that theme.
ADDRESS AN ENVELOPE PRACTICE:
Write that letter to Santa at the North Pole, and then let
your students practice addressing envelopes with these tem-
plates and lesson plan. A stamp and glue recipe is also a-
GINGERBREAD MAN POEM FORM:
This lined gingerbread man can be printed and cut out for
your primary students to create their own poem or simple
stories. You can trace this gingerbread man to cut one out
without lines to color and decorate for a cover and back,
creating an individualized holiday mini-book. Also consider
using the template for your bulletin board word wall list
this month, or for student spelling words.
CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD:
How wonderfully diverse and colorful are all our Christmas
traditions. You can explore these celebrations around the
world--many with recipes and music--and perhaps mark on a
world map the places you explore with this site. You could
visit a different country per day in December, focusing on
one continent if you wish (e.g. Europe), and even creating
your own advent calendar or tree as you go. One way to do
this would be to have a green construction tree on your
classroom door, with numbers one through twenty-four marked
on its branches. As you learn about a new country and its
tradition each day, ask your class what they have learned,
write that country's name by the number, and write a group
sentence about one of its important traditions. Encourage
your students to create and decorate their own paper orna-
ments for your class tree, focusing again on the multi-
Print out copies and let your students color a holiday
bookmark for a special reward. You can laminate them to
make them last longer, using a hole punch to put a special
tassel or colorful ribbon through.
GLOBAL GOODWILL HOLIDAY WRITING:
Students will have a chance here to explore holiday tra-
ditions around the world. Interactive activities accom-
pany the various holidays, and then students are expect-
ed to write their own goodwill message as well, compar-
ing their own holiday traditions to those celebrations
they have just studied. A United Nations certificate
with the Secretary General's signature can be printed
out for individual students at the completion of this
THE GRINCH AND STORY CLIMAX:
Use the well-loved holiday classic, "The Grinch Who Stole
Christmas" to help illustrate to fourth and fifth grade
students the concept of climax in a story. Students will
graph the conflicts of the story, with the highest peak
drawn for the story's central conflict.
CHRISTMAS PLAY DOUGH ORNAMENTS:
With a recipe for holiday playdough--color your batch-
es red and green accordingly--you will only need cook-
ie cutters to make some very special little ornaments,
a great craft activity for younger students.
FINGERPRINT BELL ORNAMENTS:
This project makes a wonderful little holiday gift
for your students to give to parents, family, or
friends and neighbors. You will need the little clay
pots, some jingly Christmas bells, craft paints, and
the instructions, here.
These clothespin ornaments are adorable--and easy to
make. Get some googly eyes for a special touch; add a
ribbon to hang as an ornament.
Almost every one of your students--at least those living
in northern climes--probably has a mismatched mitten they
can bring to school to create this craft. You will also
need a small wooden ball, some buttons, and some felt
pieces to complete this very cute winter craft, perfect
for upper elementary or middle school students.
STAINED GLASS ORNAMENTS:
Beware of the ad that will probably pop up before
the page displays. The page will eventually appear!
Not really stained glass, but the results certainly pro-
duce those effects. Students will trace a design on plas-
tic wrap and color it in with permanent markers. See fur-
ther instructions here for these dramatic ornaments.
3-D PAPER STARS:
If you have the patience to work these paper strips in-
to the correct patterns--much like origami, but with cut
strips of paper--the results are stunning and definitely
worth the work. Directions are both clear and illustrated.
Find a wonderful variety of creative math exercises to
incorporate with your Christmas projects this month. Stu-
dents will be graphing favorite tree ornaments, budgeting
for Christmas gifts and shopping, creating a triangle
reindeer, solving the math in the Twelve Days of Christ-
mas, and more.
HOLIDAY FESTIVAL WORKSHEET:
Print out copies of this worksheet for your early elem-
entary students to learn both about different December
holidays, and to reinforce time skills. They will fill
in the questions for the start time of the activities,
and drawing hands on the clock to show the ending time
of the festivities.
HOLIDAY PLAY -- THE CASE OF MISSING MUNCHIES:
Oh no! It's holiday time, and all the munchies are miss-
ing. But exactly which snacks are you looking for? Find
a script here for elementary children to explore holiday
traditions around the world and present a play based on
KWANZAA FOR KIDS:
There is much to explore here to help you and your class
both learn about and celebrate Kwanzaa. Find a Kwanzaa
student workbook, clipart, stationery, printable book-
marks, calendars, family tree crafts, and more.
CHRISTMAS STORIES AND POEMS:
Here is a wonderful and diverse online collection of
holiday poems and stories. Some of the familiar favor-
ites are here, along with a great selection of lesser
known pieces to share with your class during the holi-
DECEMBER BULLETIN BOARD IDEA:
Depending on your class composition, an alternative to
a Christmas focus here could be Chanukah, Kwanzaa, or
even better, December holidays around the world. Stu-
dents "share" their designs in a pass-around format,
with both writing and art included in the exercise.
Once completed, the student projects will all be dis-
played on your class bulletin board.
HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD:
Addressing kindergarten classes specifically, this les-
son plan for December takes a look at Christmas, Chanu-
kah, Posadas, Befana, St. Nicholas Day, and Kwanzaa,
using a background of related literature and accompany-
KWANZAA MINI UNIT:
What is Kwanzaa and how did this celebration originate?
Students in second and third grade will be introduced
to this holiday, along with its important celebrations
and activities. They will be drawing a picture and tell-
ing a story about their own favorite holiday, creating
holiday charts, identifying Kwanzaa symbols, looking at
foods, and reflecting upon their goals for the new year.
FALL AND WINTER RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS:
Literature provides some of the background knowledge
here for understanding the celebrations of different
religions around the world. Examined are Christmas,
Chanukah, Ramadan, the Buddhist traditions of the New
Year, and Divali. A craft or learning activity accom-
panies each celebration.
Suggested for use the last week before holidays as a
calming group activity, students will be planning, de-
signing, and creating their own gingerbread house. Ac-
tivities are included to integrate both writing and
math exercises for third grade.
INVENT A HOLIDAY LESSON PLAN:
What exactly defines a holiday for your students? Which
are their favorite holidays, and what traditions have
their families established? They will complete a work-
sheet on a chosen holiday, and then create their own
holiday, using similar elements for an ideal celebra-
tion. Extension activities include murals to illustrate
their holidays, poems and songs to create new traditions,
and a vote to see which invented holiday is the class fa-
This site needs some help with its Christmas vocabulary,
and it's up to your students to set them straight. Don't
peek--have your students reorganize the letters to spell
the correct words.
CHRISTMAS STORY STARTERS:
For all twenty-five days in December before Christmas
day, find a story starter to keep your students writing,
despite the holiday excitement and approaching holidays.
Most likely the majority of your students are planning
some holiday shopping excursions. Get them to practice
their math here with these printable multiplication
booklets. They will practice their times tables and
be able to calculate their shopping discounts.
THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS LESSON PLAN:
Just exactly how much did all those birds, pipers, dan-
cers, drummers, and lords-a-leaping cost the sender? Stu-
dents will use a graphing worksheet and a data cost sheet
to compute the cost of all the items received during the
Twelve Days of Christmas. A student worksheet is included.
Grab the borax, some pipe cleaners, and some polygon
shapes for this exciting, hands-on holiday experiment.
Combining a Christmas theme with a science lesson, stu-
dents will be creating crystal ornaments and writing
up their lab reports.
Visit the Silent Night museum in Salzburg to learn the
origins of this well-loved Christmas carol, written in
a small village by a simple priest in 1816. The 2nd URL
above will yield over one hundred translations of the
Here are some unique and creative exercises for your mid-
dle and high school students to complete as you lead up
to the holidays. Students will be compiling a best-value
holiday brochure, packing for different professionals for
a trip to the north pole, and considering the origins of