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December Holidays Digital Library Lesson

$8.00


Grade Levels:
Kindergarten through 5th grade

Editable?
Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Teaching Duration:
1-2 class periods

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

Please note that this presentation is designed to complement a winter holidays-themed read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you!

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

  • 55-slide lesson presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint + Google Slides
    • All text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use.
    • 26 slides are whole class lesson slides.
    • 29 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
  • List of 22 recommended books to accompany this lesson (1 page, PDF)
    • The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for related books.
  • Two (2) editable, differentiated scavenger hunts (3 pages)
    • Students “hunt” for images and information in the “scrolling slides” part of the presentation. This gives students something to focus on during library checkout and downtime.
    • Includes 2 scavenger hunts. One is images-only, and the other is images and text.
    • Answer key is included.
  • Scavenger Hunt activity and answer key (2 pages, PDF)
    • Students “hunt” for images and information in the scrolling slides part of the presentation. This gives students something to focus on during library checkout and downtime.
  • Detailed, pre-filled Library Lesson Plan in editable PDF and PowerPoint formats (2 pages), aligned to:
    • AASL National School Library Standards for Learners,
    • National Common Core ELA Standards, and
    • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
  • Lesson tips and tricks (6 pages, PDF)
  • Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)

26 Lesson Slides:

Part 1 is a guided whole-class discussion. The slides walk you through the entire class discussion, from start to finish.

  • Storytime song: “Jingle Bells”
  • ASL sign language for “holiday” — includes video links
  • Overview of December / winter holidays (see list below)
  • Slide for your read-aloud (paste the book cover on the slide).
  • Checkout reminders slide — Add your own reminders!
  • “What Should We Do Now?” slide — This is very clear instructions on what students should be doing after the lesson.

December holidays and traditions include:

  • Christmas
  • Hanukkah / Chanukah
  • Kwanzaa
  • Pancha Ganapati (Hindu)
  • Boxing Day
  • Las Posadas (Mexico)
  • La Befana (Italy)
  • Three King’s Day / Candlemas (Spain, Philippines, Mexico, Latin America)
  • Christmas in Australia

29 Scrolling Slides:

Part 2 is the scrolling slides. Set them on a timer to scroll on a screen during library checkout. Students can use the scrolling slides to complete one of the two Scavenger Hunts.

  • Vocabulary Word of the Week: “evergreen” and “Epiphany”
  • Fun facts about Christmas trees, annual snowfall, ugly sweaters
  • 2 holiday jokes
  • Weekly and daily agendas (you fill in the template)
  • Would You Rather’s?
  • This or That?
  • Trivia questions and answers
  • Happy Birthday to…

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.
  • Include – B.1. – C. 2. – D.2.
  • Collaborate – A.2. – 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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