Holiday Lessons
by Hall of Fame Educator Alan Haskvitz
http://www.findingdulcinea.com/features/profiles/h/alan-haskvitz.html

It is difficult at best to keep students on task with the weather, holiday expectations, and even family trips diluting their concentration. As such, it is probably best to use teachable moments to help take those interests and prepare lessons that enable them to relate it to the Common Core expectations. It is also a great time of year to stress cultural differences and to use art and music to add depth to lessons.

A very important message that needs to be respected and that is the fact that public schools must be aware that celebrating a holiday MUST follow certain rules. The very best site for this is
http://archive.adl.org/religion_ps_2004/teaching.html

A nice sampling of lessons that cover a variety of subject areas and are of high interest
This includes having students taking part in giving activities, too.
http://www.educationworld.com/holidays/archives/december.shtml

A huge collection of lessons for all holidays and special days. Well worth checking.
http://www.mrdonn.org/holidays.html

ESL holiday lessons
http://www.eslholidaylessons.com/

Physical Education Lessons based on holidays
http://www.pecentral.org/lessonideas/searchresults.asp?category=59

December lessons
Covers major holidays.
http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/sites/sites013.shtml
And
http://www.educationworld.com/holidays/archives/december.shtml

Free printables for most holidays
http://www.schoolfamily.com/print-and-use-tools/category/76-holiday-worksheets

NEA
Lesson plans for major December holidays.
http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/december-holidays-k-5.html

Lesson plans by month and it includes weather related links
http://lessonplanspage.com/seasonalthemes-htm/#DEC

Cultural awareness lesson plans
For older students
http://www.brighthubeducation.com/teaching-elementary-school/57301-teach-multiculturalism-and-diversity-during-the-holidays/

Christmas Around the World
Easy to follow and enables students to get a look at how this holiday is celebrated in various countries. A great art lesson can be developed from these lessons.
http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/

Holiday songs
Fun and the students could even be encouraged to make their own
http://makingmulticulturalmusic.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/celebrating-holiday-traditions-with-song/

Songs for teaching the holidays
You don’t have to buy the songs, the lyrics are listed.
http://www.songsforteaching.com/holidays.htm

The story of Saint Nicholas
A high interest, easy to read story that includes links to related sources. Great for Common Core practice. This site has excellent, high interest stories that can motivate students.
http://awesomestories.com/flicks/santa-claus

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