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Celebrate the December Holidays
This week, we are sharing resources related to Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Discover resources that feature historical information about the holidays and several classroom use suggestions for students in all grades.
Learn about the history and significance of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza through this video collection from PBS Learning Media. This resource includes information about holidays in other seasons as well.
As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and other holidays—a great way to introduce your students to holiday-related vocabulary words.
Teach your students about Jewish traditions and holidays through games, coloring pages, and music. Share the Jewish calendar and Jewish history in world cultures or world language class. Share this link on your class site for families to explore.
Discover stories, activities, songs, recipes, and more that teach students about Hanukkah and Passover. The activities section contains many different crafts, such as Design Your Own Dreidel, coloring pages, and origami.
Learn all about Hanukkah—the eight-day Jewish festival of lights. Sections include Chanukah basics, how-to, The Chanukah Story, videos and songs, recipes, and a special area for young children.
Find historical information and research, “educationally fun” ideas to recognize Christmas in your lessons, and some neat ways to correlate your lessons in language arts, art, social studies, and other subjects to the Christmas holiday.
Roll your cursor over the buildings to select a library and learn about Santa, his sleigh, and holiday traditions. Visit the music stage to listen to traditional holiday music or choose the theater to watch movies about Santa and the NORAD tracker.
Google's annual Santa's Village features a Santa tracker for Christmas Eve, holiday games, educational resources like coding games, and a visit to the North Pole. Try out Santa Selfie, Gumball Tilt, Build & Bolt, and other games!
Enjoy the many ideas and activities for learning about and celebrating Kwanzaa on this site. Learn important terms through an interactive quiz, learn to make a pasta necklace or chain, and see ten decorations that will put you in the mood for Kwanzaa.
Click the image to start “The Story Behind Kwanzaa,” a short video you can use as an introduction to the holiday. On this page, you'll find information on the history of Kwanzaa, descriptions of the principles, and instructions for Kwanzaa observances.
Explore the history of Kwanzaa in detail and view descriptions of the meanings of its symbols. There are also links to wallpapers, greetings (e-cards), music, recipes, books, and details about the seven days and the feast.
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