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We Wish You A Merry Christmas! This collection of Christmas-related resources is sure to get you into the spirit. Find historical information and research, some neat ways to correlate the Christmas Holiday into your language arts classes, art, social studies, and many other subjects, plus some “educationally fun” ideas to use to celebrate. There are resources here for all grades. Don’t let the season pass you by without checking out these FREE resources. Be sure to check out our resources for all December holiday celebrations on our TeachersFirst Classroom Planning Calendar.  

 

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Make and Do Games - Kent County Council

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K to 3
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Explore this eclectic mix of activities, most available online. All are designed to work on an interactive whiteboard. Some of the topics include Me Maker, Skeletons and Life Cycles,...more
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Explore this eclectic mix of activities, most available online. All are designed to work on an interactive whiteboard. Some of the topics include Me Maker, Skeletons and Life Cycles, Advent Calendar, Chinese New Year Red Pocket, Shadow Simulator, Cobweb Creator, Help Me ID, Singing Science (there are a few of these), and much more! Choose the icon to the left of each description to load the activity, or use the download button to download as a zip file for use. This site was created in the United Kingdom. American English speakers may notice some slight differences in spelling.

tag(s): africa (179), animals (222), back to school (33), christmas (61), colors (69), communities (25), dinosaurs (45), easter (20), halloween (39), insects (59), matter (46), nursery rhymes (19), oceans (124), plants (112), ponds (6), preK (225)

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Bookmark this site for use throughout the year. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use activities on your interactive whiteboard for time fillers, story starters, and center time. Use the "Me Maker" for students to introduce themselves at the beginning of the school year or for use with your Student of the Week. Several activities include printables to print and use for centers and homework. Use the "Help Me ID Cards" as an excellent resource for your community helpers unit. Be sure to check out the many seasonal activities.
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Lesson This! - Lesson This!

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K to 6
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Find full length lesson plans for many subjects at Lesson This! Scroll through the latest posts or browse by learning objectives, tags, materials, or grade level using the boxes on...more
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Find full length lesson plans for many subjects at Lesson This! Scroll through the latest posts or browse by learning objectives, tags, materials, or grade level using the boxes on the right side of the home page. Each lesson states objectives, lists materials required (with links to print-ables if needed), and includes complete directions. Many also include pictures of the activity.
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tag(s): christmas (61), colors (69), counting (113), crafts (32), descriptive writing (26), drawing (69), halloween (39), holidays (129), nutrition (137), parts of speech (60), patterns (71), preK (225), recycling (49), symmetry (47), valentines day (11)

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Bookmark this site (or save in your favorites) to use as a resource for many lesson ideas throughout the year. Many lessons can be modified by changing materials or content of the lesson to fit your particular needs. Use the many seasonal "fun" ideas around Halloween, December holidays, and more.
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Map Your Recipe - Wilfried Houjebek

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5 to 12
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Enter any recipe to find to map the origins of vegetables/plants included. After submitting the recipe a world map shows the highlighted locations of the original sources for the vegetables....more
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Enter any recipe to find to map the origins of vegetables/plants included. After submitting the recipe a world map shows the highlighted locations of the original sources for the vegetables. These are the sources where the pants first came from, not necessarily where they can be found today. Also find a list of countries and their products. Click the example recipes included or copy and paste your own recipes right into the ingredient box. Our editors noticed that some fruits also could be mapped. Try entering cocoa to find out where the cocoa beans first came form.

tag(s): christmas (61), cooking (28), holidays (129), maps (234), nutrition (137), plants (112), species (31), thanksgiving (28)

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Use Map Your Recipe when teaching holiday traditions such as Thanksgiving or Christmas Around the World. Use this engaging way to find out where the vegetables (and some fruits) were originally domesticated. Include with a geography lesson and attempt to find recipes with ingredients native to countries located on the map and to your own region. In science class, talk about the conditions that allow a plant to find a new home on another continent. Are all plant species welcome? What conditions must be present for a plant to thrive in a new location?

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PaperZip - Free Printable Teaching Resources - PaperZip

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K to 5
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Find free elementary printables and teaching resources at PaperZip. Items include writing paper, calendars, post cards, and templates. Search by specific topics such as literacy, numeracy,...more
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Find free elementary printables and teaching resources at PaperZip. Items include writing paper, calendars, post cards, and templates. Search by specific topics such as literacy, numeracy, or seasonal to find available offerings. After choosing a resource, read a short description as well as view the file size, type, and age suitability. Download using the button provided. Click tags in red boxes under item descriptions to find similar downloads. The Classroom menu has useful templates for organization and rewards.This site was created in the United Kingdom. American English speakers may notice some differences in the pronunciations and spellings from those in American English. Be aware that some of the ads appear to be part of the site, but are not.
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tag(s): alphabet (88), christmas (61), halloween (39), multiplication (193), numbers (177), preK (225), printables (32), seasons (33), spelling (159)

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Download and use templates for classroom centers, games, and homework options. Be sure to check out the iPad template to use for spelling practice! Be sure to bookmark this site for use throughout the year. Take advantage of the free printables and share a few with parents for a little extra help at home.

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Duckie Deck Educational Games for your Kids! - Duckie Duck

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K to 2
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Find and play many interactives for preschoolers and younger elementary students at Duckie Deck. There is a dump truck to fill with dirt (if you can line up the crane ...more
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Find and play many interactives for preschoolers and younger elementary students at Duckie Deck. There is a dump truck to fill with dirt (if you can line up the crane correctly). Visit the coloring sites. Learn about health and hygiene, seriation skills, sharing, basic geometric figures, counting, and more. Explore the eery Halloween games (dress up a silly skeleton). Practice sorting, matching, memory games, and countless other topics. Scroll over the icons to view the name of each game, then click to play. Choose the i icon located within each game to view information about the game's content, playing directions, and to view similar games. Adults should make the games more meaningful with children be reading the information and talking together as they play. There is a lot here to explore! Hint: use the back arrow to return to the main page. The games do not open in a new window.

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There is SO much here to explore for primary students. Share specific activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Find useful activities to complete as a class such as counting, seriation, or basic geometric figures. Make sure you have students operate the whiteboard, manipulating the activities themselves. Set up a learning station using this website and let your students explore. Provide this link on your class website for students (and parents) to access at home. Be sure that parents use the "i" icon so they can make game play meaningful together with their child.
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Classroom Jr. - Wendy Piersall

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K to 3
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Find teacher resources, lesson plans, creative ideas and more at Classroom Jr. Explore the site guide to find bulletin board ideas, book guides, holiday ideas, worksheets and many other...more
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Find teacher resources, lesson plans, creative ideas and more at Classroom Jr. Explore the site guide to find bulletin board ideas, book guides, holiday ideas, worksheets and many other resources for elementary students. Be sure to browse through the printable mad libs located in the worksheet section that are available for everyday use and holidays. This site is a useful resource for ideas and activities throughout the year, despite the annoying ads.
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Bookmark and save this site as a resource for lesson plans and activities for your classroom. Share specific activities such as reading, handwriting, or science worksheets on your classroom website for parents to use at home with their student. Provide this link on your class website for students to use at home on a rainy/snowy day. Substitutes might find some of the activities useful as take-alongs in case lessons do not last a full period.
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Sparky Teaching - SparkyTeaching.com

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3 to 12
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Sparky teaching's goal is to ignite classroom creativity, and they provide resources to help you get started. Check out the resources section for many online and downloadable posters...more
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Sparky teaching's goal is to ignite classroom creativity, and they provide resources to help you get started. Check out the resources section for many online and downloadable posters and activities. Especially interesting is the "365 things that make you go hmmm..." portion. Find notes for teachers, today's big question, viewer responses, and archives of previous questions. Another great resource is the 10 word stories. Don't miss lots of wonderful reader-submitted stories. This site is sure to get your creative juices flowing! And the "site" doesn't want their name or headings starting with capital letters because they say they are not a title, but rather they are what they do in the classroom. Be aware: this site was created in the United Kingdom. You may notice some slight spelling/vocabulary differences. There are some items for sale on this site, but you can find free ideas and posters.

tag(s): christmas (61), creative writing (127), creativity (92), problem solving (175), thinking skills (17), writing prompts (80)

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Display one of the 365 things that make you go hmmm... prompts on your interactive whiteboard. As students enter class, have the class use Postica (reviewed here), to create web-based sticky notes on a sticky board with responses. Demonstrate and share the 10 word stories with students then challenge them to make their own 10 word story to summarize classroom reading materials, books, math processes or tips, or any other classroom topic. Be sure to check out the articles and reviews on the site for more creative thinking ideas. Use the 12 Days of Christmas activity and worksheets to sneak in some math practice around the holidays!
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Engage - ReadEngage.com

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3 to 6
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Engage is an Australian current affairs weekly magazine designed for elementary students. Although the magazine was created in Australia, it could be useful to students in any part...more
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Engage is an Australian current affairs weekly magazine designed for elementary students. Although the magazine was created in Australia, it could be useful to students in any part of the world. Each article includes a teacher's resource and student worksheet with additional activities. View previous magazines through the archive link sorted by current events, science, and other articles. Download current affairs trivia in SMART notebook or PowerPoint format. Some articles also contain links to online interactive activities related to the content. Check out the Teacher and Student Worksheets/Resources. Registration isn't required. However, registration allows you to receive a weekly email reminder of site updates.

tag(s): christmas (61), digital storytelling (80), holidays (129), news (164), newspapers (46)

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View articles together on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Discuss the articles as a class, and have students complete accompanying activities. As you look for informational text practice for CCSS, try using some of these articles. Assign cooperative learning groups different articles to read and share their findings with the class. After students read articles, have them create magazine covers using Magazine Cover Maker reviewed here.
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Christmas Around the World Advent Calendar Quiz - Woodlands Junior School

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Discover how different countries celebrate Christmas with this online interactive advent calendar. The interactive calendar contains facts and information and has questions to answer....more
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Discover how different countries celebrate Christmas with this online interactive advent calendar. The interactive calendar contains facts and information and has questions to answer. Each question provides a clue to assist you when answering the question.

tag(s): christmas (61), counting (113), countries (65), cultures (85), holidays (129)

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Have this site on a classroom computer and use the calendar as a morning station. Assign a student to answer the question and then report it to the class. Use a projector and have students answer the questions whole group. You might want to start the calendar at the end of November so you will have time to open all of the days before students leave for vacation. Please note that this is a 2011 calendar but the advent calendar only has numbers 1 - 25 listed without the year so use it any anytime.

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Christmas Activity Advent Calendar - Kent ICT

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K to 1
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This advent calendar has fun short games and activities to play each day. The games and activities are quick and easy to complete. ...more
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This advent calendar has fun short games and activities to play each day. The games and activities are quick and easy to complete.

tag(s): christmas (61), colors (69), counting (113), keyboarding (28), preK (225)

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This advent calendar would be good for the classroom computers as a center to help young students build keyboarding and mouse skills. Use this on an interactive whiteboard (or projector) and ask a different student each day to choose the day and play the activity.
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Gifts of Character Readalouds - TeachersFirst

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K to 6
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This readaloud collection is part of theHelp I lost my library/media specialist series. Although nothing can replace the specialized knowledge of a teacher-librarian, this collection...more
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This readaloud collection is part of theHelp I lost my library/media specialist series. Although nothing can replace the specialized knowledge of a teacher-librarian, this collection of books and activities was created by an experienced elementary library/media specialist. The list of books to read aloud and accompanying activities center on the character traits we typically associate with the holiday season and try to instill: generosity, benevolence, philanthropy, compassion, service, and kindness. If your library does not have the books you want from this list, try using the ISBN numbers to borrow them on interlibrary loan from a public library nearby.

tag(s): christmas (61), holidays (129), independent reading (93)

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Mark this one in your favorites to bring out in late November, just in time for the holiday season. Or include it during a character education unit. Maybe invite some parents to volunteer as readers, modeling how adults give of their own time to support others.

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Kids' Stories Online - Karen Wade

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K to 6
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This site aggregates free online stories, audio books, e-books, and videos! You can also submit your own stories. Most of the stories are recently written by educators and other site...more
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This site aggregates free online stories, audio books, e-books, and videos! You can also submit your own stories. Most of the stories are recently written by educators and other site members. Membership is not required. Some of the stories are children's classics and fairy tales. The songs appear to relate to current events and education in general. There are seasonal offerings like a music video about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The site offers "free" activities related to the topic of the story, usually coloring sheets and simple games. A small part of the site is under construction. More stories and other items are constantly being added.

BEFORE submitting any stories created by your students, check with your administrator to be sure that your school allows students to submit stories to such sites.
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tag(s): christmas (61), folktales (59), holidays (129), interactive stories (27)

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ALL elementary students will enjoy reading the simple stories from this site. This site is ideal for the regular classroom, ESL/ELL students, learning support, and the youngest of kindergartners. Share the interactive books on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Save this site on your classroom computer for students to use as a learning center or to explore during an indoor recess. Have students try out this site on individual computers.
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A Christmas Carol - English Language Teaching Resources - Kieran McGovern

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3 to 8
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A Christmas Carol is a fun and jam-packed resource of activities and lessons centered around this classic Charles Dickens book. Although there is a paid portion of the site,...more
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A Christmas Carol is a fun and jam-packed resource of activities and lessons centered around this classic Charles Dickens book. Although there is a paid portion of the site, there are many free activities to use in ELL/ESL and elementary classrooms. Resources include activities such as the structure of the text, A Christmas Carol timeline, infer and deduce skills development, analysis of character (Scrooge, Bob Cratchit), and much more. 24 pages of worksheets are also available to use both online and offline. Also included on the site is a link to a cartoon version of the book that is 24 minutes long and is noted to be very close to the original version of the book. The site is a little hard to follow, you may want to go to the site map link from the home page to get a listing of contents and follow links from that section.
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tag(s): christmas (61), dickens (13), video (170)

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Share the video on your interactive whiteboard then have students complete quizzes on their own. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain point of view from each of the characters in A Christmas Carol. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here). Use vocabulary from the site as a starting point for weekly spelling lists. Have students compare and contrast the video on this site to versions of the story they have already seen. Challenge groups to make comparisons using an online tool such as the site - Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).
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Christmas Traditions

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4 to 6
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Explore customs, recipes, and Christmas legends from around the world. This site provides concise descriptions of holiday traditions, but is a bit heavy on text. Use this for background...more
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Explore customs, recipes, and Christmas legends from around the world. This site provides concise descriptions of holiday traditions, but is a bit heavy on text. Use this for background information to design a multi-cultural Christmas celebration in your classroom.

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A Victorian Christmas - TeachersFirst

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4 to 8
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This collection introduces Victorian Christmas customs and offers several activities which students can complete to show their understanding of Christmas celebrations from over a century...more
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This collection introduces Victorian Christmas customs and offers several activities which students can complete to show their understanding of Christmas celebrations from over a century ago.

tag(s): christmas (61), holidays (129), victorian (20)

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Save this site as a favorite on your desktop and use it to add supplementary activities to your classroom before Winter Break. Many of the sites can be used as webquests, classroom activities or Learning centers. This could be a great way to mix the holidays into content, comparing today's celebrations to those of the 19th century.

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Make a Victorian Cornucopia - TeachersFirst

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3 to 10
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This simple lesson activity gives instructions for making a Victorian "cornucopia" Christmas ornament filled with candy or other treats. This Victorian tradition dates back to the 19th...more
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This simple lesson activity gives instructions for making a Victorian "cornucopia" Christmas ornament filled with candy or other treats. This Victorian tradition dates back to the 19th century. The printable pattern is included. See more Victorian Christmas activities on the TeachersFirst Victorian Christmas page.

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Try this easy activity during a Christmas 'Round the World unit or as part of a study of the Victorian Era. Have students take digital pictures of the steps and include them on your class web page or wiki (with captions!) so others can try the activity at home. Make cornucopias as gifts for a visit to a local nursing home or children's home so the activity becomes a service project.

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Nutcracker Study Guide - Inland Pacific Ballet

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4 to 8
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Use this site from the New York City Ballet to find ways to introduce your students to the glorious music from Tchaikovsky's beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker Suite. This site...more
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Use this site from the New York City Ballet to find ways to introduce your students to the glorious music from Tchaikovsky's beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker Suite. This site offers lots of ways to incorporate the Nutcracker story and history into curriculum.

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Use this site as a resource during a historic examination of Christmas. Have students re-write their own version of the story using a different setting, time period, or both be sure that they consider how costumes, sets, characters, folk dances,music, landmarks, locations, events, and animals might be different. Have students consider the Dance of the Snowflakes scene in The Nutcracker. Discuss what animals they might find living in this kind of habitat? What else would you likely find living in this habitat (plants, trees, insects, etc.)? Have students record their ideas on a graphic organizer and draw pictures to go along with it. Have students compare or contrast The Nutcracker with another folk tale, fairy tale or story they have read or are familiar with.

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Aspects of the Antebellum Christmas - Conner Prairie

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7 to 9
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This site looks at Victorian Christmas observances from the American point of view. Focusing on holiday celebrations between 1830 and 1860, this site examines the growth of the Christmas...more
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This site looks at Victorian Christmas observances from the American point of view. Focusing on holiday celebrations between 1830 and 1860, this site examines the growth of the Christmas holiday as we know it, examining those traditions that have continued into the 20th Century and those that are but a memory.

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Use this website as a resource during a unit on Christmas, or while looking at the differences in American life before and after the Civil War.

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Dickens and Christmas - David Perdue

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7 to 12
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Charles Dickens had a profound influence on the way we celebrate Christmas today. This informative site details the revival of Christmas during Victorian times, draws connection to...more
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Charles Dickens had a profound influence on the way we celebrate Christmas today. This informative site details the revival of Christmas during Victorian times, draws connection to many Dickens' novels, and explains several significant themes evident in A Christmas Carol.

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Use this website as a tool during a unit on Christmas or Charles Dickens. Challenge students to create a multimedia presentation around a theme from Dickens using one of the TeachersFirst Edge reviewed multimedia tools.

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What kinds of activities would be found at a 19th century Christmas party? Read and learn about some very popular games played by children and adults during the Victorian era. ...more
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What kinds of activities would be found at a 19th century Christmas party? Read and learn about some very popular games played by children and adults during the Victorian era. Clear, simple instructions are provided and little or no preparation is required

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Use this website as a resource for finding games that could bring history to life during a unit on Victorian England or Christmas. Plan a Victorian Christmas celebration with historically accurate games, food, and decorations.

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