If you are looking for fun December activities for elementary students, then you found the right place! This post will share some of the best resources for teaching and celebrating some popular holidays and events like Christmas, Hanukkah, winter, and more. Learn all about the December activities below!
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45 December Literacy Activities
Below are some reading and writing activities that are perfect for the month of December.
December Reading Activities
Learn about the book companion and graphic organizer resources below.
Book Companions for December Books
These book companion resources are part of my Starts With a Story collection. Each of them include reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, SEL lesson ideas, printable and digital students activities, and much more. Learn more about each of the book companions below!
Holidays Around the World Books
Christmas Tree Books
Reading Graphic Organizer Activities
The reading graphic organizer resources below can be used with any book related to each of their topics. The best part is that the graphic organizer templates can be used over and over again because of their open-ended nature. Learn more about them below!
These graphic organizer activities pair really well with the lists of read alouds below. Check them out!
- Christmas around The World Books for Kids
- Reindeer Books for Kids
- Christmas Read Alouds for Elementary Students
- Hanukkah Books for Kids in 2022
- Gingerbread Man Books and Activities
- Kwanzaa Children’s Books for Elementary Teachers in 2022
- Multicultural Christmas Picture Books for Kids in 2022
December Writing Activities
Learn about the writing resources for December below.
Writing Prompt Activities
The December writing prompts are available by themselves or as part of a monthly writing prompt bundle. It includes 10 different genres of writing: Creative, informative, opinion, narrative, procedural, descriptive, review, persuasive, poetry, and letter writing. They offer fun and engaging writing activities that will motivate your students to practice their writing skills and inspire a love of writing. Learn more about them below.
Periodically, you’ll want to capture a snapshot of your students’ current writing abilities. You can share this writing sample with their next year’s teacher to offer them some insight into their future students’ abilities. In addition, it’s great for sharing with families at conferences and using it as report card evidence. This winter writing resource is available by itself or as part of a year-long writing assessment bundle. Learn more about it below!
December Math Activities
Below are some math activities that are perfect for the month of December.
December Math Word Problems
These December word problems are each part of larger year-long collections. Learn more about your grade level by selecting it below.
- 1st Grade December Word Problems
- 2nd Grade December Word Problems
- 3rd Grade December Word Problems
- 4th Grade December Word Problems
- 5th Grade December Word Problems
December Spiral Review Worksheets
Spiral review is the idea that, after introducing and teaching a foundational concept or skill, students continue to practice it regularly throughout the school year in order to maintain what they have learned. It is also known as the spiral learning method, spiral approach or spiral instruction. It is an integral part of every 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom.
Check out these December-themed spiral review activities that are part of larger resources. Select your grade level below!
- 1st Grade Spiral Review Activities
- 2nd Grade December Spiral Review Activities
- 3rd Grade December Spiral Review Activities
- 4th Grade December Spiral Review Activities
- 5th Grade December Spiral Review Activities
Holidays Around the World Unit
Our holidays around the world unit is a study of how different countries and cultures celebrate different holidays. Teachers love it because it exposes students to a variety of cultures and traditions in other countries (as well as their own). The experiences help them identify the similarities and differences, so they can grow a deeper level of appreciation and respect for others. Learn about our holidays around the world unit below!
December Activity Packets
We hope you found these December activities for elementary students helpful!