Thank you to my friends at TCEA for this wonderful and comprehensive list of holiday related resources!
No matter which holidays you choose to celebrate, December is a wonderful time of year. Make sure your students and staff are all in the holiday spirit with some of these fun websites below.
While studying a holiday tradition, person, or event, have your students jump over to the Trading Card Creator to create an informational card. You can create one for a fictional person, real person, fictional place, real place, physical object, event, abstract object, or design your own. When done, you can save it as a PDF and/or email it. There’s also a free iPad app and one for Android, too.
Make-A-Flake allows you to virtually cut folded paper and preview the snowflake. Whether you have students create a flake and then write a story of the flake’s travels or whether you have them incorporate specific mathematical features (rhombus, triangle, etc.), this site will be the start of holiday fun.
This site, 10 Little Snowmen, offers a cute game that lets young students practice their reading while they help build their own snowman. Kids can select a hat, scarf, set of eyes, nose, and more to create the perfect snowman. When he is complete, there is a special snowman song to help celebrate.
See what two of Santa’s reindeer are doing with their 24-hour video cam. You can even see Santa feed the reindeer several times a day.
Find lots of different Hanukkah activities, stories, videos, and more at this website from JewishKids.org.
Norad offers a tracking system for Santa Claus and is presented in a high-tech animated program and Google Earth. It includes a Kids’ Countdown Village with a new holiday game every day until December 24. It is also available on your mobile device with apps for both Android and iOS.
Use the ten activities at Holidays Around the World to help your students learn about customs of the season in different cultures. Brief descriptions accompany each lesson, and appropriate grade levels for each activity appear in parentheses. Click any lesson headline for a complete teaching lesson plan.
Mark Giufre (deTechtive1) 2013