These sites offer several classroom activity ideas and lesson plans center around the winter holiday season to engage learning in various subjects. Find different ways to bring the holidays and learning in classrooms. There are also links to eThemes Resources on Christmas Science, Christmas Games and Crafts, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas Traditions in America.
Scholastic: Holiday Integration: Learning That Blends With the Season by Angela Bunyi
Find ideas about how to integrate classroom activities around holiday season. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Education World: Santa Claus and Newton's Three Laws of Motion
Apply one of the Newton's three laws of motion to each of three scenarios that involve Santa Claus. NOTE: This site includes ads and has links to external sites.
Education World: Brighten Up the Holidays With Cross-Curriculum Activities
See these across-the-curriculum activities such as math, art and language, geography, technology, that teach skills while celebrating the season. NOTE: This site has links to external sites.
Winter Math Activities
Use these winter-related activities to engage students in learning mathematics. The activities include problem solving, math patterns, iterative drawing, graphs, data collection, and more. NOTE: This site has links to external sites.
Children's Literature for Winter
Here is a thematic book list for a unit study about winter for younger students. NOTE: This site includes ads.
The Spirit of the Season
Here are lesson plans based on the New York Times news contents to go along with the holiday season theme. NOTE: This site includes ads and has links to external sites.
Scholastic: Sharing the Spirit of Holidays with Your Students
This page has activities to encourage students to learn about the spirit of the holidays including giving and helping others. Includes activities ideas and downloadable instructions. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Education World: Emphasize the Giving, Not the Getting,This Holiday Season
This page has activities to help students understand that the true meaning of the holiday season is giving and not receiving. The activities include nursing home visits, positive presents, food drives, white elephants gift exchange, and more. NOTE: This site contains ads and has links to external sites.
eThemes Resource: Science Experiments: Christmas Science
These sites provide ideas for science experiments to go along with the Christmas holiday. Includes experiments on ornaments, Christmas lights, snow making, snow globes, Christmas trees, and more.
eThemes Resource: Holiday: Christmas Games and Crafts
These sites offer many fun ideas for free time during the holidays. Includes online games and classroom activities. Send an e-mail to Santa, complete word searches, read Christmas stories, or create holiday crafts. There are also links to Christmas clip art, coloring pages, and two eThemes Resources on Christmas traditions.
eThemes Resource: Holiday: Kwanzaa
These sites are about the history and traditions of the African-American celebration of Kwanzaa. Learn about the seven principles and the many symbols representing this holiday. There is a short video from CNN and hands-on craft activities. Included is an eThemes resource on holiday traditions in the U. S.
eThemes Resource: Holiday: Hanukkah
These sites tell about the history and traditions of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah (Chanukah). There are several online games, recipes, print-outs, and more. Includes a link to an eThemes resource on Christmas traditions in the United States.
eThemes Resource: Holiday: Christmas Traditions in America
These sites explain Christmas traditions in America, including Santa, stockings, Christmas trees, and the story of Jesus. There are some educational activities that have a Christmas theme, such as story starters and math problems. Also includes text of the famous letter, "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa" and "Twas the Night Before Christmas." There are links to eThemes Resources on Christmas Around the World and Christmas Games and Crafts.