Celebrating Winter Holidays in the Classroom
Students will discover winter holidays with lesson plans, classroom activities, and plenty of festive crafts!
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Holidays are a topic occupying the thoughts of children — and teachers — during much of the year, but especially during November and December. This theme can provide a wonderful opportunity to introduce students to customs and cultures that may be unfamiliar to them and to help them recognize festivals as communal celebrations of culture.
Holidays Around the World
Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are covered in these ten sweet, funny, and beautiful books.
Lessons to help your students learn about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and other holidays around the world
Have a hands-on holiday with these tips for teaching how holidays are celebrated around the world!
In my classroom, we celebrate books alongside Christmas stockings and latkes. Here are three ideas to make the holiday season book-filled as well as festive.
Learn how kids from around the world celebrate holidays in this digital issue of Let’s Find Out magazine.
Enjoy these classic holiday books and go-along activities with the students in your class, or with your own children at home!
This Clifford the Big Red Dog lesson teaches respect and appreciation of diversity by introducing children to holiday celebrations, customs, and traditions through reading, language, and art.
Student Traditions and Celebrations
Students explore the concept of tradition by using graphic organizers and responding to writing prompts about holiday customs.
Celebrate the holiday season with these craft ideas for Kwanzaa wreaths, reindeer puppets, snowmen ornaments, and more!
Celebrate with a collection of gift and decoration ideas for any winter holiday.
Find five low-cost projects that can be adapted for a specific person or holiday if desired.
Create these easy-to-make holiday decorations and crafts, including a Hanukkah mobile, Kwanzaa cards, and more!
Apply students' geometry skills to do-it-yourself patchwork gifts that incorporate tessellations, symmetry, and patterns.
Children learn the history of the holiday, then create a dreidel and play the dreidel game.
Alycia Zimmerman provides eight suggestions for fun and educational Hanukkah activities to share with your students.
Students explore an interactive scrapbook of photos, articles, and activities to learn about the history and traditions of Hanukkah.
These classroom activities will help familiarize students with the Mexican holiday Las Posadas.
Celebrate Las Posadas with food, fun, and learning! Top Teaching blogger Ruth Manna explains how to adapt elements of this Mexican tradition for a school setting.
After exploring the art and style of Georgia O'Keefe, your students will create their own poinsettia masterpieces!
Make a book-inspired ornament every day in December with 25 easy ornament ideas for classrooms or book lovers alike!
How can you celebrate Christmas for twelve days, and what makes it unforgettable? Top Teaching blogger Allie Magnuson knows, and she's sharing her classroom activities for all twelve days.
Students learn about Kwanzaa, Africa, and other continents. They develop their verbal language skills in this lesson promoting cultural diversity and character building.
Learn about Kwanzaa by making a decorative mancala game and comparing and contrasting Kwanzaa with other holidays.
Students get a lesson in weave-making with this simple Kwanzaa craft, made from materials you likely already have in your classroom.
Non-denomonational Classroom Activities
These gingerbread activities will help you plan for those crazy weeks before winter break.
The wild world of Willy Wonka is the perfect setting for a classroom party that is all-inclusive and tons of fun.
Have your students create "shelfies" (similar to a selfie, but with a favorite book in the picture), and give as a gift to parents while encouraging reading in the classroom and at home.
Get tips for making a class cookbook as a holiday gift for families and celebrate with a multicultural feast.
This unit lesson plan shows kids that they don't have to spend money to give a thoughtful gift for the winter holidays.