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December Holidays Digital Library Lesson


Grade Levels:
Kindergarten through 6th grade

Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Teaching Duration:
1-2 class periods

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This digital library lesson covers countries and cultures from all over the world! Includes Christmas, Hanukkah / Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Pancha Ganapati, Boxing Day, and more!

This product is a combination of a Digital Storytime and a Digital Bulletin Board. It is designed to complement a read-aloud, and the actual read-aloud story comes from you!

Needed to open and editGoogle Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint; ability to open PDF documents

This lesson is completely editable in Google Slides and PowerPoint, and includes:

  • 70-slide lesson presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint + Google Slides
    • All text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use.
    • 22 slides are for the lesson and/or class discussion
    • 44 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
  • All 16 recommended books in the presentation are also listed on a separate “Recommended Reads” list.
    • The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for high-quality, elementary level books about Christmas and other December holidays.
    • All titles were selected specifically for Grades K-6 and received positive professional reviews.
  • Detailed explanation of how I have used themed library lessons like this one for story time on the “Specials” rotation. (10 pages, PDF)
  • Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)
  • Detailed prep instructions and lesson plan (2 pages)

22 Storytime and Class Discussion Slides include:

  • Storytime song slide – “Jingle Bells”
  • Sign language slide and how-to sign link – “holiday”
  • Overview of December holidays: Christmas, Hanukkah / Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Pancha Ganapati, Boxing Day, and Las Posadas traditions
  • Every slide in the presentation is illustrated with brightly-colored, high-resolution clipart and photos, including students with diverse skin tones.

44 Digital Bulletin Board Slides include:

  • Includes facts and definitions about December holiday traditions and customs: shammash, menorah, 8 days of Hanukkah, eggnog, artificial vs. real Christmas trees, snowy climates, world’s tallest Christmas tree, Epiphany / Three Kings’ Day, La Befana, King’s Cake, mistletoe, and “ugly” holiday sweaters.
  • “Complete the Christmas Carol” activity slides (5 slides)
  • 16 visual booktalks; includes picture books, fiction novels, and nonfiction books.
  • 6 “Did You Know?” slides
  • 1 True or False question slide
  • 3 Trivia questions with answers
  • “Would You Rather?” and “This or That” question slides
  • World record and kid-friendly Christmas joke slides
  • Vocabulary words: evergreen and Epiphany
  • This week’s birthdays

IMPORTANT! Due to copyright law, read-aloud videos of the December holiday-themed books are NOT included.  You will have to record yourself reading the book, or do a live stream of the read-aloud for students to access the book.  If your library owns an interactive ebook that has audio read-aloud, you could also share how to read or access it through your online catalog or ebook management platform.

Standards Addressed:

AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text. 

  • Inquire –  C.1. – D.1. – D.3.
  • Include – A.3. – B.1. – C. 2. – D.2.
  • Collaborate – D.1.
  • Explore – A.1.

Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
© Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1 – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1 – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1 – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.1 – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1 – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1 – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10.

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