There are few things I enjoy more than teaching through classroom Christmas activities! There is just something magical about that time of year, and I love being able to share it with my students. I recently created the 12 Activities of Christmas, and it is different from my usual items which are very specific to certain standards. This product is geared more toward critical thinking and divergent thinking skills. These activities are great for early finishers and extension activities during the holiday season.
I love logic puzzles, and logic is always a challenge for my students, so I had to include two Christmas logic puzzles in the packet. We typically complete the first logic puzzle together and students work with a partner for the second logic puzzle.
Students help Mrs. Claus triple a cookie recipe. This is a fairly challenging activity, but it’s perfect for my fourth graders because of all the fractions. This might be a little too challenging for third grade, so I create a different version where I removed all of the fractions and replaced them with whole numbers.
Longitude and Latitude
I was also thrilled to finally think of a way to practice longitude and latitude in a fun way, because it’s hard to make longitude and latitude fun. In this activity, students use longitude and latitude to track Santa Claus’s route. They even find the exact latitude and longitude of their hometown. This lesson could be a great springboard into a holidays around the world unit!
I always have a hard time finding challenging graphic activities. They’re often fun but require little critical thinking. In this activity, students will apply addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problem solving to answer the questions. I also included different Christmas data, such as the age of the reindeer, number of Christmas gifts, and types of cookies. Students can use that data and graph paper to create their own graphs.
Christmas Tree Farm
Word ladders are lots of fun for students and adults! The objective of a Word Ladder is to transform the Start word into the Stop word, one step or “rung” at a time. Students can only change one letter of the word each time they move to a different “rung” of the ladder. Since this is a challenging activity, I have included one clue for each of the four word ladders, so students will know if they’re on track.
Candy Cane Measurement
Number Christmas Tree
Christmas Fractions Freebie
Classroom Christmas Activity – Creative Writing
I also wanted to share my December Creative Writing Freebie! It’s fun of fun, creative prompts that your students will love! There are 15 different writing prompts that require students to think and write creatively! You can download it here!