by Hall of Fame Educator Alan Haskvitz
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
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.
A huge collection of lessons for all holidays and special days. Well worth checking.
ESL holiday lessons
Physical Education Lessons based on holidays
Covers major holidays.
Free printables for most holidays
Lesson plans for major December holidays.
Lesson plans by month and it includes weather related links
Cultural awareness lesson plans
For older students
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.
Fun and the students could even be encouraged to make their own
Songs for teaching the holidays
You don’t have to buy the songs, the lyrics are listed.
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.