Learn About Decembers Multicultural Holidays
Do your students celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Three Kings Day? Maybe they celebrate St. Lucia Day or Ramadan. Chances are your class includes students who observe more than one of those events. Whether that is the case or not, December offers great opportunities for teaching about our multicultural world. Included: Handfuls of timely teaching lessons and resources.
Celebrate National Inclusive Schools Week
Ideas for recognizing this special week, December 6-10.
Whiteboards Stimulate Student Learning
Start with a clean slate -- introduce mini-whiteboards to your classroom. Students love working on their own whiteboards; and it's a great way to keep an entire class actively involved in a lesson. Education World offers five lessons to engage students in learning with whiteboards. Included: Tips from whiteboard users, plus whiteboard alternatives.
Challenge your middle-grades and high-school students to build a fabulous vocabulary. (Grades 5-12)
More Timely Lesson Ideas
Word Wall Active-ities
Following Directions Lessons
Teaching About Thanksgiving Then and Now
Native American Heritage Month
Fifty States, Five Lessons
Bullying Awareness Lessons
Lesson Plan of the Day
See lesson plans posted on recent days:
Mondays Lesson of the Day
Reading an essay about teen issues inspires reflective writing about ones own life. (Grades 6-12)
Tuesdays Lesson of the Day
Conduct interviews with historic figures in a TV talk-show format. (Grades 3-12)
Wednesdays Lesson of the Day
This powerful activity will help bury students I cant thoughts.
Thursdays Lesson of the Day
Students locate dictionary guide words in this timed team game.
Fridays Lesson of the Day
Stuck indoors? Set up a net, blow up a balloon, and play balloon volleyball.
See more Lesson Plans of the Day.
Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks Math Games With Joanne and Jane
This week: Squeeze Play teaches place value.
Adapt this active game for any math skill you are currently teaching.
Learning Game of the Week
Puzzle game promotes thinking skills and cooperation.
Vicki Cobbs Show-Biz Science
Create a "properties of light" holiday display.
Celebrating Decembers Special Days
Make a Kwanzaa Drum
Make a Dreidel
Nifty Necklaces Celebrate Kwanzaa
Joyful Jars (Ramadan)
Delightful Diyas (Diwali)
Las Posadas Cookies
Make an Edible Menorah
From the Learning Machine
Explore the coolest resources on the Web.
From the Science Machine
Use Kinetic City to explore the topics of biology, the body, fitness, and health. (Grades 3-5)
From the Reading Machine
Hugo Cabret: Write Your Own Word and Picture Stories reinforces writing. (Grades 3-8)
From the Math Machine
Multiplication Mystery is a fun Web site for teaching factors and multiplication. (Grades 3-5)
Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plans
Teacher Lesson #1
Students "discover" the concept of volume.
Teacher Lesson #2
Students earn bonus quiz points for following foreign-language directions.
Teacher Lesson #3
Learning about the life and poems of Emily Dickinson (birth date: December 10).
More Lesson Ideas
Book Report Makeover
Backpack-tivities (Homework Activities)
Technology Lesson Plans
Bulletin Boards That Teach
The Gift of a Helping Hand -- Celebrate the spirit of giving with this December bulletin board.
Month of Fun: December
See some timely, fun, and educational Web resources for kids:
Explore Mars Game (Grades 3-6)
SAT Vocabulary Matching Game (Grades 9-12)
Mark Twain Word Search Puzzle (Grades 6-12)
Hanukkah Online Dreidel Game (Grades 3-8)
Candy Cane Coloring Page (Grades PreK-1)
Christmas Around the World Matching Game (Grades 5-12)
Funny Fill-In: A Holiday Letter (Grades 3-6)
Just for This Month!
See our December Month of Fun, December Word Search, and December Coloring Calendar. PLUS! Create your own work sheets for this months holidays and special days.