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Winter Holiday

Winter holiday season

A collection of resources on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's and more!

Hanukkah (Nov. 27 - Dec. 5)

Dreidel
Play dreidel with students in celebration of Hanukkah.

Origins of Hanukkah
An animation on the beginnings of the festival of lights.

Latkes recipe
A recipe for a traditional Hanukkah food—potato pancakes.

Jewish holidays
This brief overview of Judaism includes a presentation on the origins of Hanukkah.

Winter holidays vocabulary
Students learn foreign language vocabulary with these winter and holiday-themed vocabulary cards with pictures.

Jewish festivals
A PowerPoint presentation with information about Jewish festivals, including Hanukkah.

Hanukkah posters
These Hanukkah posters are perfect for a display in your classroom.

Winter Solstice (Dec. 21)

Stonehenge
Students learn about Stonehenge and the Winter Solstice.

Solstice science
Diagrams that will help students understand the equinoxes and solstices.

What happens in a year?
A PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of the celestial happenings of a year.

Christmas (Dec. 25)

Christmas carol math
Students calculate how many gifts are received in the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, and devise strategies to make the calculation quicker.

Winter A to Z
A rhyming poem that goes through the alphabet, with a Christmas and winter theme.

Christmas and the New Year in Spain
Students learn about some of the Christmas customs and traditions of Spaniards.

Christmas in Mexico
Students read about how many people in Mexico spend Christmas.

A French Christmas
A PowerPoint with images for students to practice holiday vocabulary, as well as colors and numbers in French.

A German Christmas
A PowerPoint with images for students to practice Christmas and winter vocabulary in German.

Winter holidays vocabulary
Students learn foreign language vocabulary with these winter and holiday-themed vocabulary cards with pictures.

Christmas around the world
This Common Core-aligned unit has students read informational texts about how the holidays are celebrated around the globe.

Charles Dickens biography
Use this PowerPoint presentation to introduce your students to A Christmas Carol.

Kwanzaa (Dec. 26 - Jan. 1)

Peanut soup
A recipe for a soup traditionally served for Kwanzaa.

African coloring sheets and activities
Arts and crafts activities about Africa, including making a Kwanzaa placemat.

Kwanzaa on Sesame Street
This clip shows a family celebrating Kwanzaa.

Kufi hat
Create a colorful kufi hat in celebration of Kwanzaa.

Drum circle
Create a drum circle with family and friends in honor of Kwanzaa.

Sesame Street: Kwanzaa dancing with Elmo
Learn about traditional Kwanzaa dances with Elmo.

Winter holidays vocabulary
Students learn foreign language vocabulary with these winter and holiday-themed vocabulary cards with pictures.

The New Year (Jan. 1)

New Year's resolutions
Students fill in these wish bubbles with their New Year's resolutions.

New Year's goals
Students write down what they will work to achieve in the coming year.

Neujahrsvorsatz
Students learn the about the future tense and write down some common New Year's resolutions in German.

Les Bonnes Résolutions
A French lesson on New Year's Resolutions that introduces using je veux; je vais and je dois.

The New Year around the world
A crossword puzzle on how those around the world celebrate the New Year.

Winter holidays vocabulary
Students learn foreign language vocabulary with these winter and holiday-themed vocabulary cards with pictures.