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December Themed Technology Lessons

Animal Planet Live - Reindeer Cam

Watch Reindeer Cam on Animal Planet LIVE, the web's top destination for Animal Planet programming and live animal cameras.

A Question for the Grinch + Write About This = Inferencing 2.0

Mrs. Moses' 2nd Grade Class Have you ever thought of having your students write a letter to their favorite book character? Me either, until last week. We are currently working on a "Grinch" project. The students are re-writing the point of view from the Grinch. We also started letter writing.

A Timeline of the History of the Christmas Tradition

History of the Christmas Tradition is an infographic laid out in a timeline format. The infographic actually has four timelines on it dating as far back as the 4th Century A.D. The four timelines are arranged labeled as culture, traditions, figures, and decorations. Could be a good discussion and research prompt in a lesson about culture. You could have your students select items from the timeline to research in more depth and share their findings with each other.

Augmented Reality Holiday Cards

Last year, I posted a couple of augmented reality holiday cards that you could use as thank you's, holiday greetings, or rewards in your classroom. I made a few more this year by using a different process. First, I created the cards using Canva, one of my favorite online graphic design tools.

BrainPOP Jr. | Winter Holidays

Provides educational movies for K-3 students. Homework Help, leveled quizzes, games and activities for kids. Exceptional resource for teachers and homeschools.

Celebrate Holiday Traditions with Thinglink

A collection of Thinglinked holiday traditions

Celebrate the Season with Holiday Websites

Dr. Suess’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is the animated special I watch every holiday season. Boris Karloff’s narration, the loyal dog, Max, little Cindy Lou, and the way the Grinch’s heart grows three sizes at the end … all make my holiday season bright and cheery. Here are some Grinch resources and other great holiday activities.

Celebrate Winter Holidays: Kwanzaa | Scholastic.com

Students explore a scrapbook to learn about the history and traditions of Kwanzaa. Hear about Maulana Karenga who started the holiday in 1966, see the lighting of the Kinara and a traditional Kwanzaa table setting.

Celebrate Winter Holidays | Scholastic.com

Discover how kids across the globe celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Learn about the traditions and history of each of the holidays. Includes links to audio, clip art, recipes, and teacher's guide. Students can also create their own scrapbook and send an ecard to friends.

Christmas

Interactive Learning Sites for Education

Christmas Booth: Festive Photo Fun

Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Christmas Booth: Festive Photo Fun on the App Store. Download Christmas Booth: Festive Photo Fun and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Christmas Resources

A list of activities from Learning.21stCentury.Snapshot

Christmas Songs using QR Codes

This is a great listening center with Christmas video songs. The students will scan the QR codes and listen to their favorite Christmas song. All you need is

Come celebrate the magic of Christmas with Santa's Portable North Pole console.

In just a few clicks, send free personalized video messages to kids of all ages, even grown-ups - from none other than the real Santa Claus!

Creating Christmas cards with Canva – Design School

Today we launch an exciting new feature that allows you to send beautifully designed cards to friends and family. Read on for the  full announcement… Each year we spend hours waiting in checkout lines, licking dozens of icky stamps and worrying that snail mail won’t get our holiday messages to friends and family in time. …

Creative Ways to Survive the Weeks Before Winter Break

Full disclosure: this first week of December is going to be my busiest week this year. Therefore, I decided to cheat a bit for a few days and recycle some posts from last year.  I've done a bit of ...

ElfYourself

Upload pictures of students to create video. Could be used as inspiration for creative writing project.

ElfYourself

Free app for iPad. Upload pictures of students to create video. Could be used as inspiration for creative writing project.

Fabulous 5th Grade Fun: Holiday Writing Activity with QR Codes
Are you in need of one more activity to help fill the week before the holiday break? For this writing activity, students take on the role of a judge. They must analyze 2 pictures and pick a winner. The "judge" must justify the decision.
Felt Board Christmas

Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Felt Board Christmas on the App Store. Download Felt Board Christmas and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Free Winter and Holiday Themed Short Story Starters on Task Cards

Winter and Holiday Themed Short Story Starters on Task Cards Celebrate this wonderful time of the year by writing stories in class. There are 12 short story starters included here and an additional 4 blank cards so that you can write in your own as well.

Google Santa Tracker

Explore Santa's village (much like an advent calendar) while you count down until the big day. Interactive features allow kids to explore Santa's workshop.

Hanukkah

Interactive Learning Sites for Education

Hanukkah Video - History.com

Discover the history of Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah, a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days. Find out about dreidels, menorahs, Hanukkah foods & more. Can be used as resources for research projects.