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December Holidays: Unwrap Five Lessons


We've wrapped up five new lessons just for you -- simply grab the bow and pull! You'll find lessons to develop vocabulary and reading skills, to teach about pop culture and multiculturalism, and to challenge students to create ABC books and timelines.

December's school vacation is just around the corner, the kids are wound up, and you have so much to accomplish at home -- cards to write, baking to do, gifts to buy and wrap... that the inclination might be to go easy on yourself and on your students. Instead of giving up and giving in, why not capitalize on these teachable moments? Turn students' excitement into true learning with this week's easy-to-manage lesson plans from Education World.

Unwrap five holiday lessons from Ed World

This week, Education World provides five lessons that capitalize on the holidays as they engage students. Click each of the five lesson headlines below for a complete teaching resource. (Appropriate grade levels for each lesson appear in parentheses.)

History of toys and games
Students create a timeline to illustrate when popular toys were first introduced. (Grades 3-12)

Re-Name that tune: A vocabulary activity
Build students' vocabulary skills with this "Re-Name That Tune" activity. (Grades K-12)

A world of special celebrations
Create a display of the world's religious and ethnic celebrations. (Grades 3-12)

Deck the halls with literature trees
"Deck-orate the halls" of the school with literature trees. (Grades PreK-12)

Unwrapping reading
Guest readers rip off the holiday wrapping and read the book inside. (Grades PreK-5)


Updated 12/07/2015

More December Ideas from The Ed World Archives

Templates for Gift Giving Education World offers editable Gift Coupon templates that students can use to create a nice holiday gift for parents, relatives, or neighbors.

December Holidays Archive
Don't miss Education World's December Holidays archive page. There you will find dozens of lessons to teach about the cultural aspects of December's special days; ideas for special gifts to make and other crafts projects; plus more holiday resources and fun.