From My Place to Yours
This is my library – warm on the inside, and sometimes very cold on the outside. These are some of the Christmas books I have in my collection. Feel free to take a copy if you like, to use as you like.
Where ever you are, whatever you may or may not be celebrating, I hope you too are about to enjoy a rejuvenating break from your ‘day job’. Thursday will be our last day at school until the 6th of January. I will be spending a traditional Christmas with family and friends, eating lots, laughing lots, hugging lots and hopefully…reading lots!
It can be difficult for teachers to keep their young students focused on learning at this time of year. These online activities will allow them to stay in the Christmas spirit, while honing skills. There are games and activities to do as a class on the whiteboard and more for individual play in the computer lab.
If you are 5 or 6 there’s lots of Christmas number games especially for you. Decorate the Christmas trees, order the snowmen and much more.
More Christmas games, facts and activities from Topmarks
Place the hands on the clock to tell the time. Three levels of difficulty for the questions.
More in The Elves’ Game Chest at Northpole.com
“This game is a MAJOR challenge but very cool and could be great when looking at forces in science. Build Santa snow lines for his sled to travel along. My hint to you: remember that Santa can glide backwards as well as forwards. This is a brilliant problem solving game.” Via
More at Primary Games
Mad Libs are always fun…here’s one for Christmas. I might just do this one in library classes.
More Christmas Fun from Bethany Roberts
Thanks to the Edublog Awards, I just discovered The Media Specialist’s Guide to the Internet, where I found the following lists within a larger collection of “Resources for all the holidays celebrated from September to June”. Great stuff here!
AtoZ Teacher Stuff– coloring pages and crafts; sorted by grade level
Awesome Library– recipes, worksheets, activities
Billy Bear 4 Kids– crafts and games
Class Brain– coloring pages
Internet 4 Classrooms– games, songs, stories
Kids’ Domain– coloring pages
Teachers First– traditions, learn about the menorah, games
Teacher Planet– lessons and worksheets
Teachnology-worksheets, songs, writing paper, workbooks
Yahoo! Kids– cards, recipes, history, stories, poems, games
A to Z Teacher Stuff– sort resources by age level
Christmas Around the World– long list of countries
Christmas Lessons and Teacher Resources– from the Lesson Plans Page
Christmas Teacher Resources– from TeacherVision
K-12 Teacher Resources– nice listing includes lesson plans, worksheets, interactive online activities
Online Christmas Games
Puzzles and Word Searches
Super Teacher Worksheets– includes puzzles and Christmas math worksheets
Teacher’s Guide to Christmas Holidays– from TeAchnology
Teacher Planet-lessons, worksheets, clip art
The Teacher’s Corner-how Christmas is celebrated around the world
Apples 4 the Teacher– coloring pages
A toZ Teacher Stuff
Class Brain-coloring pages
DLTK Kids-coloring pages (posters)
Internet 4 Classrooms
Kids’ Domain– coloring pages
Teachers First– planning materials, fun, games
Teacher Planet– lessons, worksheets
I wish I could show you the smiles on the faces of the students as they enjoyed guest readers for our annual “Share the Gift of Story” program in the library. Community members from the RCMP, Town Council and general public are setting aside time from their busy schedules this week to share seasonal stories with classes from Kindergarten to Grade 9.
Beside a virtual crackling fire on the Smart Board (which doesn’t show up in the photos very well), students enjoy a story and great conversation with people they may see in the grocery store and excitedly greet with recognition. As a huge bonus, I discovered that we have a talented storyteller in our community who entertained the Grade 7’s with a personal story of Christmas’ past.
See this post for past favourites.