Digital Activities for the December Holidays

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Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Christmas

Digital Activities for Christmas in ELA

How the Grinch Stole Christmas App:

Primary
Enjoy the classic Dr. Seuss favorite with a read aloud story, activities, and parent tracker (for minutes and pages read).

A Christmas Carol

Intermediate
Some students will read the play adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol this holiday season. Check out the original text digitally through the Library of Congress and behold gorgeous images and authentic words in print.

Digital Activities for Christmas in Social Studies

NORAD Tracks Santa:

Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary, Intermediate
Track Santa’s path on maps around the world through the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s official Santa Tracker, online on December 1. Have students study the geography and culture of the different places Santa is flying through as well as learn about maps and satellite technology.

Digital Activities for Christmas in Math

Cool Math Christmas Games:

Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary, Intermediate
Review math facts with games inspired by Santa, elves, and all things Christmas!
Christmas Lights Math:

Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary, Intermediate
Have fun hanging up Christmas lights that you earn by answering addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts correctly.

Digital Activities for Christmas in Science

Frozen: Early Science – Cooking and Animal Care by Disney Imagicademy

Primary
Learn about cooking and animal care (especially for reindeers) with this fun, interactive Disney app.
Santa’s Engineer

Intermediate
Help Santa with his North Pole projects with this physics and engineering app.

Hanukkah

Digital Activities for Hanukkah inELA

Hanukkah Word Search

Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary
Look for Hanukkah related vocabulary in a simple or large interactive word search.
Hanukkah Stories

Intermediate
Read and discuss these intriguing online illustrated stories with your students before having them create their own.

Digital Activities for Hanukkah in Social Studies

Torah Tots Time Capsule

Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary
Check out this interactive site to view timelines, Jewish history, candle lighting times, and study synagogues of the past.
Create a Timeline of Hannakuh events
Intermediate
Have students put together a timeline of major events in the history of Hanukkah from the Maccabean Revolt to the official dedication of Hanukkah as a holiday. Sites such as History.com are great places to start for research. Create an online timeline at readwritethink.org.

Digital Activities for Hanukkah in Math

Hanukkah Sudoku

Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary
Solve online sudoku puzzles using Hanukkah symbols. Have students track their stats for another math element to tabulate winning percentages amongst classmates.
Make a Menorah Light Chart

Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Intermediate
Measure the time of flames and length of candles after burning on each of the eight nights. Follow the linked lesson plan, but digitize it by using Google Sheets to record data on a spreadsheet and create graphs.

Digital Activities for Hanukkah in Science

Teach Fire Safety
Primary
Check out activities from Sparky School House to integrate fire safety into lessons about lighting the menorah.
Build an LED Menorah

Intermediate
Try this STEM activity for intermediate students (with teacher help). Take it online by having students record their process using video and uploading to YouTube or Flipgrid.

Kwanzaa

Digital Activities for Kwanzaa in ELA

Study Traditional Kwanzaa Songs

Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary, Intermediate
Kwanzaa is known for its musical traditions, and these songs will provide your students with context of the history and current practices of the holiday. Primary students can create their own videos singing Kwanzaa songs. For intermediate students, go digital by creating slides or videos (with apps like Animoto) illustrating different tunes.

Digital Activities for Kwanzaa in Social Studies

Arthur’s Scrapbook

Primary
Show your student their favorite PBS friend, Arthur, and his friend Sue Ellen’s scrapbook with pages and lessons about Kwanzaa. The lesson is simple, but you have students create their own pages to add to a digital scrapbook using apps like FiftyThree.
Read about Maulana Karenga, creator of Kwanzaa.

Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Intermediate
Read and watch biography videos about Maulana Karenga. Have students create their own “fake” Twitter or Facebook digital profiles of Maulana or other Civil Rights leaders. They can do this by using Google Slides or Google Drawings.

Digital Activities for Kwanzaa in Math

Play Mancala
Primary
Mancala is a traditional African game where players attempt to collect the most stones in their mancala cup.
Kwanzaa Inspired Recipes

Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Intermediate
Go online and look for some Kwanzaa inspired recipes. Have your students record and convert measurements. They can also plan a budget for a holiday dinner given a certain amount of guests.

Digital Activities for Kwanzaa in Science

Sid the Science Kid’s Holiday Adventure
Primary
Sid talks about all of his favorite winter holidays, including Kwanzaa in this special video focusing on weather. Use this activity to talk about cold winter weather in some parts of the country. Make it digital by looking at meteorology and radar maps online.
Study African American Scientists
Intermediate
Have your intermediate students research African American scientists such as George Washington Carver, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Dorothy Johnson Vaughan. Students can create their own digital presentations via video, slides, or blogs to showcase the contributions these great Americans made to our country.

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There are so many digital activities for your students to celebrate winter holidays. Whether your kids are celebrating at home or just learning about the traditions at school, they will love learning and collaborating with these engaging activities.

There are so many digital activities for your students to celebrate winter holidays. Whether your kids are celebrating at home or just learning about the traditions at school, they will love learning and collaborating with these engaging activities.
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