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November 29, 2017

Grab and Go: December Printables and Projects

By Meghan Everette
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    December is here and in the hustle and bustle of the season, finding fun and educational extras to fill the odd hour or half-day of school can be tricky. Scholastic Teachables offers free December printables that are fun on their own, but become even more festive and functional with little twists on the intended lessons. There’s something for every class and age this December.

    Scholastic Teachable: December: Thematic Song

    Best For: Older students or adults

    Obvious Use: A fun little ditty sung to “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” any age can learn the song as a celebration of December or while learning the months and seasons.

    Teachable Twist: Have students recreate any song with new lyrics. Assign each group a song, distribute copies of the original lyrics, and then supply a set of words around a topic that students are studying. For added fun throw in a holiday-related word like “jingle” or “present.” If you really want to get in the spirit, use all holiday songs. Check YouTube for karaoke versions of tunes so groups can sing their new creations. Bonus: This is a fun one to do with your staff  — throw in the name of your administrator or curriculum!

    Scholastic Teachable: My Book of Winter Words

    Best For: Kindergarteners or buddy readers

    Obvious Use: Students rewrite the word for each image on the line below the image and reference the book of winter words when they are writing.

    Teachable Twist: Buddy up! Have older students create booklets with younger students and use them during partner-reading time. Younger students can dictate a winter story to the older student to scribe. No buddy? No problem. Have younger students draw, paint, or create a winter scene and then label it like a diagram using new-found vocabulary.

    Scholastic Teachable: When It’s Cold Outside: Draw and Write Prompt

    Best For: Young writers

    Obvious Use: Students create a winter scene and then fill in sentence stems about the images.

    Teachable Twist: Use the printable to either improve sentence writing or work on artistic style (or both!) Create a torn paper work of art (check out Frederick for inspiration) or clip images from magazines to create a mixed-media collage. When images have been created, work on descriptive sentences. Either have students trade images before adding their descriptive sentences or have students write sentences so descriptive that a partner can later recreate the image only from the description supplied.

    Scholastic Teachable: My Book About Winter Holidays

    Best For: Early- to mid-level readers

    Obvious Use: Students read the information and then answer short comprehension questions about each of the four holidays presented. Then, students tell more about their own holiday traditions and create a greeting card design to show their understanding of the holiday celebrations.

    Teachable Twist: Use this mini-book to launch a full-scale Christmas Around the World celebration. Our school enjoys celebrating a different holiday in each classroom and rotating students through nine different celebrations over a few days. From stamping passports to crafting to taste-testing holiday foods, we learn about celebrations from different cultures and religions. Get started with “Celebrating Holidays Around the World” or Erin Klein’s take on world celebrations.

    Scholastic Teachable: Sweet Celebrations

    Best For: Crafty classrooms

    Obvious Use: Create classroom decorations and sweet gifts for families and friends with six different winter-themed ideas that highlight following directions, practicing measurement, and observing the natural environment.

    Teachable Twist: When creating the Peppermint Candies, pair Candy Experiments for a scientific twist or stage an election with “The Candy Campaign.” Both the Peanut Butter Bird Feeders and Winter Cardinals can work with a winter animals theme. Take it a step further and do “Covering Objectives Across the Curriculum With Owl Moon.” Cool Cookie Jars (found in the Sweet Celebrations printable) are a lesson in measurement. Older students can make a new twist by figuring out how much of each measurement they need to create a certain number of jars, flexing their multiplication and addition with fraction skills. Gingerbread characters are popular among Top Teaching bloggers with a wide variety of skills and subjects covered. Try one of these options:

    Scholastic Teachable: Glistening Snow Globe

    Best For: Older students

    Obvious Use: Following the directions, students create a globe with a transparent cover. The directions suggest pairing the activity with a review of the water cycle or words with the gl blend, such as glistening.

    Teachable Twist: First, step up the art aspect of this craft by using a clear plate to make a 3-D globe. Alternatively, use mini appetizer trays to create tiny and unique globes. Instead of using a hole punch to create snow, purchase small Styrofoam balls and white glitter to create more realistic snow. Then really play up the water cycle. Use The Water Cycle on StudyJams! to generate interest and then use the Unit Plan Water, Water Everywhere! to fully teach the concept.

    Scholastic Teachable: Books Are the Perfect Bookmark

    Best For: Parents, relatives, and friends

    Obvious Use: Generate interest in reading by letting students write down their favorite books or books they would like to have. Parents and relatives will appreciate the tip about educational gifts their kids would love.

    Teachable Twist: Have students tell others about a book they picked to get students excited about book talks. Then check out blogger Alycia Zimmerman’s “Holiday Celebrations with a Bookish Twist” and “How to Host a White Elephant Book/Gift Exchange.”  If crafting is more your style, check out “25 Days of Christmas Book-Inspired Ornaments.”

    Scholastic Teachables are an easy way to grab and go this holiday season. Look for prints all year long that you can use as is, or adapt to support your standards across the curriculum. Happy Holidays!

    December is here and in the hustle and bustle of the season, finding fun and educational extras to fill the odd hour or half-day of school can be tricky. Scholastic Teachables offers free December printables that are fun on their own, but become even more festive and functional with little twists on the intended lessons. There’s something for every class and age this December.

    Scholastic Teachable: December: Thematic Song

    Best For: Older students or adults

    Obvious Use: A fun little ditty sung to “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” any age can learn the song as a celebration of December or while learning the months and seasons.

    Teachable Twist: Have students recreate any song with new lyrics. Assign each group a song, distribute copies of the original lyrics, and then supply a set of words around a topic that students are studying. For added fun throw in a holiday-related word like “jingle” or “present.” If you really want to get in the spirit, use all holiday songs. Check YouTube for karaoke versions of tunes so groups can sing their new creations. Bonus: This is a fun one to do with your staff  — throw in the name of your administrator or curriculum!

    Scholastic Teachable: My Book of Winter Words

    Best For: Kindergarteners or buddy readers

    Obvious Use: Students rewrite the word for each image on the line below the image and reference the book of winter words when they are writing.

    Teachable Twist: Buddy up! Have older students create booklets with younger students and use them during partner-reading time. Younger students can dictate a winter story to the older student to scribe. No buddy? No problem. Have younger students draw, paint, or create a winter scene and then label it like a diagram using new-found vocabulary.

    Scholastic Teachable: When It’s Cold Outside: Draw and Write Prompt

    Best For: Young writers

    Obvious Use: Students create a winter scene and then fill in sentence stems about the images.

    Teachable Twist: Use the printable to either improve sentence writing or work on artistic style (or both!) Create a torn paper work of art (check out Frederick for inspiration) or clip images from magazines to create a mixed-media collage. When images have been created, work on descriptive sentences. Either have students trade images before adding their descriptive sentences or have students write sentences so descriptive that a partner can later recreate the image only from the description supplied.

    Scholastic Teachable: My Book About Winter Holidays

    Best For: Early- to mid-level readers

    Obvious Use: Students read the information and then answer short comprehension questions about each of the four holidays presented. Then, students tell more about their own holiday traditions and create a greeting card design to show their understanding of the holiday celebrations.

    Teachable Twist: Use this mini-book to launch a full-scale Christmas Around the World celebration. Our school enjoys celebrating a different holiday in each classroom and rotating students through nine different celebrations over a few days. From stamping passports to crafting to taste-testing holiday foods, we learn about celebrations from different cultures and religions. Get started with “Celebrating Holidays Around the World” or Erin Klein’s take on world celebrations.

    Scholastic Teachable: Sweet Celebrations

    Best For: Crafty classrooms

    Obvious Use: Create classroom decorations and sweet gifts for families and friends with six different winter-themed ideas that highlight following directions, practicing measurement, and observing the natural environment.

    Teachable Twist: When creating the Peppermint Candies, pair Candy Experiments for a scientific twist or stage an election with “The Candy Campaign.” Both the Peanut Butter Bird Feeders and Winter Cardinals can work with a winter animals theme. Take it a step further and do “Covering Objectives Across the Curriculum With Owl Moon.” Cool Cookie Jars (found in the Sweet Celebrations printable) are a lesson in measurement. Older students can make a new twist by figuring out how much of each measurement they need to create a certain number of jars, flexing their multiplication and addition with fraction skills. Gingerbread characters are popular among Top Teaching bloggers with a wide variety of skills and subjects covered. Try one of these options:

    Scholastic Teachable: Glistening Snow Globe

    Best For: Older students

    Obvious Use: Following the directions, students create a globe with a transparent cover. The directions suggest pairing the activity with a review of the water cycle or words with the gl blend, such as glistening.

    Teachable Twist: First, step up the art aspect of this craft by using a clear plate to make a 3-D globe. Alternatively, use mini appetizer trays to create tiny and unique globes. Instead of using a hole punch to create snow, purchase small Styrofoam balls and white glitter to create more realistic snow. Then really play up the water cycle. Use The Water Cycle on StudyJams! to generate interest and then use the Unit Plan Water, Water Everywhere! to fully teach the concept.

    Scholastic Teachable: Books Are the Perfect Bookmark

    Best For: Parents, relatives, and friends

    Obvious Use: Generate interest in reading by letting students write down their favorite books or books they would like to have. Parents and relatives will appreciate the tip about educational gifts their kids would love.

    Teachable Twist: Have students tell others about a book they picked to get students excited about book talks. Then check out blogger Alycia Zimmerman’s “Holiday Celebrations with a Bookish Twist” and “How to Host a White Elephant Book/Gift Exchange.”  If crafting is more your style, check out “25 Days of Christmas Book-Inspired Ornaments.”

    Scholastic Teachables are an easy way to grab and go this holiday season. Look for prints all year long that you can use as is, or adapt to support your standards across the curriculum. Happy Holidays!

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