Christmas in the Classroom

Here are some ideas on how to get your students involved with Christmas.

1) Christmas literature

Whilst Charles Dicken’s 'A Christmas Carol' might be the first book to come to mind, there are many Christmas-themed books that are great for your class from 'The Polar Express' and 'The Nutcracker' to 'Little Women'. Ask the class to write a Christmas story or poem. Here is a useful list of the best Christmas books for children and Christmas poetry to give your students some inspiration. 

2) Christmas around the world

Students can tell each other how they celebrate Christmas and could do a project on how other countries celebrate around the world. The website whychristmas.com has lots of great information on Christmas across the globe.

3) Christmas music

You might regret this one when all the shops start playing their non-stop Christmas soundtracks, but if you're not deterred then The Guardian Teacher Network has Christmas music teaching resources for you.

4) Christmas craft ideas

From cards and decorations to presents, there are many Christmas-themed items that can be made. Here are some craft ideas for younger children and for more Christmas or winter craft ideas follow our "Winter Wonderland" board on Pinterest!

5)  A lesson on giving and kindness

Christmas is a time for giving as well as receiving, and it’s a good opportunity to explore the concept of philanthropy. Students can tell their own stories of giving or pledge to give their time and skills to help someone over Christmas. Learn to Give is an American website with resources and ideas on teaching giving in the classroom. 

6) Science

There is much fun to be had with science at Christmas like making Christmas tree slime and crystal snowflakes.Here are some ideas for younger students and science projects for teens to keep them busy at school or at home over the holidays.

7)  Maths

Trying to work out how much food you need for a Christmas dinner for 12 and figuring out cooking times is challenging enough... wait, any chance you're thinking 'Christmas Dinner Maths Project'? Once the students have worked that one out, they can try The Twelve Days of Christmas maths puzzle. If you teach younger students you can find plenty of Christmas themed numeracy puzzles here. 

The National STEM Centre has four Christmas maths puzzles suitable for secondary school students. You have to create an account and you will also get access to their other useful resources.

8)  Christmas Origami

Origami is a great way get students to refocus and it’s a calming class activity. Read our blog post on why origami is great for the classroom. Here are some Christmas themed origami models to try in class. 

We hope you have lots of fun in the classroom with Christmas, and share your ideas and work with us!

Helping others less fortunate than ourselves at Christmas is an important lesson to teach young children. Here are some ways you can give back in the local community this Christmas

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