Who doesn’t love this crazy time of year in the classroom? It’s both crazy and exhausting – but TONS of FUN!
Teachers know that education + fun = quality learning.
This article features some tried-and-true Christmas holiday resources for your upper elementary classroom that your students (and administrators!) will all love!
Fun, educational, and challenging Christmas activities for students – that’s just what you need to keep control of your classroom (and sanity!!) this holiday season!
During this busy time of the year, teachers need high quality, challenging practice and review activities.
Here are some seasonal resource suggestions that you can use to motivate students while reinforcing skills at the same time. These Christmas activities for are centered on multiplication, division, reading, and writing with a twist of art and creativity . . . and (best of all!) they’re all student approved!
Looking for some 2-digit multiplication practice pages? These fun coloring pages featuring multiplication organizers provide challenging problems, but with the support of an organizer.
Students and teachers alike love the organizers for keeping students’ work aligned for fewer mistakes. Another added bonus is that students’ handwriting and size improve with these organizers.
During the Christmas season or not, organizers are definitely the way to go while students are learning new math skills, such as long division and multiplication.
Division is so much more fun when a mystery Christmas coloring page is involved. After solving division problems, students color the quotient boxes to reveal a special holiday image. These long division problems feature 3-digit and 4-digit dividends with 2-digit divisors.
Your students will enjoy discovering the picture as they show off their fine motor coloring skills. Four different Christmas holiday pictures are included.
These Christmas math Comparing Numbers by Solving Expressions task cards feature 24 different cards with addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Great for Christmas games and activities, such as Scoot and even board games.
Task cards are so versatile. The class can play together, students can be divided into small groups, or students can play individually to focus on their own skills.
For students who are just learning multiplication facts, this Christmas tree game allows students to “decorate” the Christmas tree. To play, students either roll a dice or use the game spinner. The number they spin or roll is multiplied by the number on their game card. It’s a no-stress game because the products are listed on the Christmas tree. Students simply cover the products on the tree. When the card is filled up, they win – great for fact fluency!
The photo above shows students using the spinner with a paper clip.
With this game, teachers can allow students to focus on themselves and their own learning because they don’t have to compete against anyone but themselves.
But students who want an added challenge can compete against a classmate to see who can fill their Christmas tree the quickest.
This game is “No-Stress” for students because they compete only against themselves – not other students! Math facts from 2’s – 12’s are included.
This resource is perfect for indoor recesses, fast finishers, stations, and guided math.
Below is the Christmas Scrapbook Keepsake, which is one of my absolute FAVORITE Christmas activities! I love putting a roaring fireplace fire (from Youtube.com) on the Smartboard and creating a cozy atmosphere for students to create their special gift to a loved one. Paper bag booklets are fun and different. Students really enjoy showing off their artistic flair as they write, draw, color, and decorate their one-of-a-kind booklet!
You can choose a roaring fire from these fireplaces – click on this link: Youtube.com Fireplace with Christmas music.
This MysELF on the Shelf mini-booklet is great fun for students and adds some imagination and whimsy.
Anyone who enjoys that special little Christmas elf who likes to hide around houses and classrooms will love this. This booklet encourages students to imagine having their own elf adventures. They draw pictures and write sentences about themselves as elves.
Finally – enjoy this WILD and CRAZY time in your classroom!
This truly is the time for special relationships to really take off and blossom, and for all of us teachers (and administrators) to chill and remember that kids really do need to be kids!
Students benefit the most from educational and FUN activities that encourage students’ creativity and artistic sides.
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