Saturday, December 5, 2015

A List of Christmas Sites That Will Engage Students in Learning

Ahhh, teaching in December! Report cards and conferences are done, but we still have another few weeks to teach while working around Christmas Concert schedules and uber-excited students. Some of us dig down, ignore the holidays and get through as much curriculum as we can, while some go all out and embrace the holiday spirit. However, who says we have to give up one for the other? Here is a list of Christmas sites that will engage students in learning, with a few games for when they (and you) need a bit of a break!

Language Arts is one of the best ways to integrate holiday themes into your classroom. TheNorthPole.com offers reading and writing activities related to Santa and his North Pole workshop. The Elf Pal Academy has many printable activities especially suited to little ones and English Language Learners.

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My students LOVE MadLibs. Classroomjr has a variety of printable winter and Christmas MadLibs, word puzzles, mazes and math sheets.
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ABCteach also has a variety of printable Language Arts activities, including word scrambles and comprehension sheets. (ABCteach does require an account, however it is free.)
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Storynory is an online story resource that has Christmas-themed audio stories that can be listened to online or downloaded for later.


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Social Studies


How do students around the world celebrate Christmas? Education World has more activities than Santa has in his sack (sorry, couldn’t help myself!). This Christmas Symbaloo also offers links to Christmas around the world sites.
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While NoradtracksSanta starts tracking Santa on Christmas Eve, the site also offers games, books and music related to Santa.
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Need more ideas? Here are a few Symbaloos  (my favourite bookmarking site for younger grades!)  
Christmas Fun has over 15 000 users, and no wonder, with math, stories, games, and puzzles
for all grades.


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And Christmas 23 is the place for holiday music for your classroom!


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Do YOU have any favourite sites for the holiday season? Share them with us in the comments!
(And have a Merry Countdown to Christmas holidays!)
Lissa Davies