Christmas Is Coming
Lesson plans, crafts, and more to help create holiday cheer
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
What would a survey of winter holidays and cultural celebrations be without Christmas? As your students get excited and antsy for winter recess, capture their attention with these fun teaching ideas and festive classroom crafts.
Teaching About Christmas
Lessons to help your students learn about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and other holidays around the world
Students read and discuss Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa customs, then use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast them.
Christmas Around the World
These classroom activities will help familiarize students with the Mexican holiday Las Posadas.
After exploring the art and style of Georgia O'Keefe, your students will create their own poinsettia masterpieces!
Learn about four student activities to go along with Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
Use this discussion guide to engage students before and after reading Too Many Tamales, a Christmas story about a Hispanic family.
Take a field trip to Norway with Jan Brett's Christmas Trolls. After reading, students can answer comprehension questions and complete a coloring page.
Christmas With Favorite Literary Characters
Here's a quick, easy, and fun way to tie close reading with the winter season. Try this idea using Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas as the shared reading text for close reading.
Study Chris Van Allsburg by reading and discussing his book, The Polar Express, and completing activities.
These hilarious beginning chapter books feature Horrible Harry, a devilish second grader who plays pranks with nearly catastrophic results, but can still end up to be a good friend.
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.
Host a Polar Express classroom event with creative writing activities, winter crafts, and holiday door decorations.
If your classroom families are Elf on the Shelf fans, leverage the holiday gnome’s power to bring over-the-top excitement to the classroom or homework assignments just before the holiday break.
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.
Cue up the holiday music and teach your students how to connect to their community with the support of these lesson ideas and downloadable resources!
Bring the full sensory experience of Christmas into your classroom with sensory activities for young students.
This fun-to-make-and-eat, no-cook recipe comes with a companion poem and a read-aloud nonfiction story to help build literacy and promote healthy eating!
Make a book-inspired ornament every day in December with 25 easy ornament ideas for classrooms or book lovers alike!
Handprint crafts are always a favorite with young children. Kids love to leave their handprints behind, and these crafts are sure to quickly become little treasures for the families of your students too.
Turn your students' handprints into adorable Santa Claus decorations with this craft project that is simple enough for the littlest learners.
This fun craft for the holiday season starts with a brown paper bag.
More Book Resources
These vocabulary activities help students to learn definitions and also to use and apply the vocabulary words in various contexts.
Engage students in a post-reading discussion with these questions for When Christmas Comes Again: The World War I Diary of Simone Spencer New York City to the Western Front, 1917. Extension activities are also provided.
Students will incorporate science into poetry with these snowy activities for The Christmas Blizzard by Helen Ketteman. The activity has adaptations for those who live in warm climates so that all students can use their five senses to write snow poems.
Reading this series of interconnected Christmas stories, children will learn about how authors use characters as a literary element and the ways in which friends interact and influence each other.
After reading Christmas After All: The Great Depression Diary of Minnie Swift, students will answer discussion questions and complete extension activities or additional research.