Christmas Activities | 12 Days of Christmas Countdown | Print & Digital

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These are the original 12 Days of Christmas Countdown resources for the classroom! These printable and digital activities will save your sanity during the weeks leading up to Winter Break. Our TPT best-seller is packed full of winter-themed craftivities, reading, writing, and math. Many of these activities can now be accessed or assigned digitally through Google Slides.

Impress your principal, parents, and even yourself as students engage in both fun and learning right up until the last bell rings before the holiday break! Make the most of those 12 days, and give yourself a break from the planning and prep work. We’ve got you covered! Download the preview to see a sample of what each of the 12 days has to offer.

"12 Days of Christmas in the Classroom" is also available in a version for grades 1-3

All teachers know the school days between Thanksgiving and the Winter Break are difficult to fill. Students want to be engaged in holiday fun, but teachers want activities to be educational. This year you can do both! With these 12 Days of Christmas Lesson Plans, students will be racing to school, excited for what each new day brings.

Here’s what you will find in our 12 Days of Christmas Bundle:

  • Candy Cane Day
  • Christmas Carol Day
  • Christmas Tree Day
  • Christmas Cookie Day
  • Elf Day
  • Gingerbread Day
  • Kindness Day
  • Polar Express Day
  • Reindeer Day
  • Santa Claus Day
  • Snow Day
  • Stocking Day

Each day’s lesson plan includes:

  • a reading and writing activity with differentiated pages
  • a math activity with differentiated pages
  • a variety of other fun and educational suggestions that match the theme
  • Teacher overview of activities

You will receive these digital resources:

  • A link to daily themed student work pages, digitally created in Google Slides
  • A video tutorial for assigning through Google Slides.

***Google slides graphic organizers have text boxes for students to type and occasional moveable pieces.

Please note: The digital activities are not meant to be assigned as stand-alone, self-directed student activities. The activities will still require teachers to provide guidance, instruction and direction prior to assigning to students. Please take this into consideration before purchasing.

To prepare for the 12 Days of Christmas you will need some type of container to store each day’s materials. We purchased 12 gift bags from our local dollar store. They were 2 for $1. You can staple or glue the daily labels onto the bags.

The suggested read-aloud books are not included. Check out your school or local library. Most can also be purchased online or in Scholastic’s book club orders, though you can also choose your own books that go along with the daily themes.

★★We also have our 10 Days Until Summer Survival Kit which is similar to this pack. Kits are available for grades grades 1-2, grades 3-4 and grades 5-6.

Love this idea but need non-holiday, secular themes? Try our 5 Day Countdown to Winter Break for grades 4-6 (If you already own the 12 Days of Christmas Activities in the Classroom, please know that the 5 Day Countdown activities overlap with this resource so you do not need to purchase both!)

Detailed Description of Contents:

(Also visit our blog for more details on the 12 Days of Christmas in the Classroom)

Candy Cane Day

Candy Cane Legends Text and Opinion Writing

How Candy Canes are Made Video and Instructional Guide Writing Activity

Math Candy Cane Measurement and Conversions, Line Plot Graphing

Dissolving Experiment

Candy Cane Exchange

Candy Cane Craft

Candy Cane Word Ladder

Christmas Carol Day

History of Carols Informational Text and Text Dependent Questions

Caroler Craft and Opinion Writing Prompt

Math: 12 Days of Christmas Graphing and Performance Tasks

A Christmas Carol Book or Movie

Sing Along Songbook and Caroling Activity

Carol Crossword

Write Your Own Carol

Christmas Tree Day

Christmas Tree Then and Now Text and Comprehension Questions

Then and Now Informational Writing Card

Literature Read Aloud and Events Sequence Organizer

Math: Christmas Tree Math Facts Game of War and Story Problems

Build-a-maze Ornament

Christmas Tree Craft Beaded Craft and Stained Glass

Christmas Cookie Day

Holiday Cookies Around the World Text and Graphic Organizer

Holiday Cookie Informational Writing Prompt

Literature Read Aloud and Story Map

Mrs. Claus’ Cookie Recipe Writing Activity

Math: Cookie Baker Performance Tasks

Cookie Games & Activities

Cookie Exchange

Cookie Cutter Craft

Catch the Cookies Word Search

Elf Day

Read Aloud Elf Book and Story Mountain

Elves and the Shoemaker Reader’s Theater

Elf Narrative Writing Prompt

Math: Elf Rounding or Percent

Miniature Elf Food Tasting

Elf Name Creator

Elf Craftivity and Designs

Elf Shoe Origami

Gingerbread Day

Read Aloud, Story Elements and Compare & Contrast Graphic Organizers

Alternate Story Version Writing Activity

Create Your Own Gingerbread man Craftivity

Math: Guess My Number Place Value

Gingerbread-making Class Project

Roll-a-Gingerbread Activity

Gingerbread Playdough

Kindness Day

Read Aloud and Story Theme Graphic Organizer

Acts of Kindness Brainstorm

Kindness Challenge and Certificate

Math: Acts of Kindness Subtraction Game and Skill Sheets

Kindness Color by Number Subtraction Page

Acts of Kindness Pass-Along Cards

Kind Hands Craft

Polar Express Day

Polar Express Read Aloud and Cause/Effect Organizer

Character Traits Comparison

Hot Chocolate Recipe Writing

Compare and Contrast Book vs. Movie

Math- Money or Rate Word Problems

Design Your Ticket Craft

Reindeer Day

Drawing to Learn Activity

Literature Read Aloud and Story Board Summary Graphic Organizer

Reindeer Informational Text, Note-taking, and Informational Writing

Reindeer Labeled Diagram

ABC Order

Math: 4 in a Row and Story Problems

Reindeer Cup Craft

Thumbprint Postcard

Santa Claus Day

Santa Claus Around Europe Informational Text & Passport

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Read Aloud

Santa Claus Character Traits Graphic Organizer

Santa Opinion Writing

Math: Roll and Color with Number Operations

Santa Claus Charades and Sing Along

Santa Craft

Santa Word Cloud Graphic

Snow Day

Snowflakes Facts Research and Informational Writing

Read Aloud and Response to Text Graphic Organizer

Math- Snowman Fractions and Quiz-Quiz-Trade Game

Paper Snowball Fight

Making Snowflakes Craft

Snowman Glyph

Stocking Day

Read Aloud and Literature Elements Graphic Organizer

Needs, Wants, and Wishes Writing Activity

Stocking Acrostic Poem

Math: Elapsed Time

Stocking Craft and Kind Words Stocking Stuffers

Stocking Joke Activity

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