Christmas Lesson Plans for Middle School

Christmas Lesson Plans for Middle School

The month of December offers plentiful opportunities for teaching students about the various holidays that people celebrate at this time of year. Students might be celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Kwanzaa, or another holiday, or even some combination of the above, at home, and these observances can provide foundations for interesting classroom activities. Use the following resources to include holiday lesson plans in your curriculum. Lesson plans include creative projects and seasonal celebrations.

December Lesson Plan Ideas

"Twas the Night Before Christmas" Thinking Maps

In this lesson, students should work together to analyze this classic Christmas story and then retell it in their own words.

Teach Multicultural Celebrations (PDF)

Open up the world for your students with a lesson plan that teaches how cultures around the world celebrate Christmas. Students will learn how to say "Merry Christmas" in a variety of different languages and explore traditions of various countries.

Give the Gift of Dickens

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is the quintessential holiday story. Bring this magic alive for your students by planning a party for the characters of the story. Students must choose which character they want to be for the party, and then, they must research the Victorian era.

Plan Classroom Holiday Projects

Teachers can never have too many holiday resources when planning festive lessons. Add activities to a lesson plan such as making a Christmas scrapbook, making no-bake holiday ornaments, and sharing holiday traditions.

Emphasize the Spirit of Giving

Because Christmas centers around the spirit of giving, teach students about the importance of philanthropy and caring about the welfare of others. This lesson plan uses Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" to explore philanthropy through activities such as journal entries, vocabulary worksheets, and story readings.

Plan a Colonial Christmas

Delve into colonial history in this lesson plan that features activities about Christmas then and now. Kids will learn how families in the 18th century celebrated the holidays by decking the halls in decorations of the period and planning an authentic meal.

Special Holiday Lessons (PDF)

Provide students with a holiday lesson rich in history with a lesson that focuses on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Christmas Bells," written during the Civil War. This lesson includes projects such as essay- and poem-writing and historical research.

Combine Santa and Science

Try a lighthearted approach to teaching Newton's three laws of motion with this lesson plan that is sure to put students in the holiday spirit. The lesson presents various scenarios. Students will need to analyze the scenarios to determine which law of motion applies to each scenario.

12 Activities to Celebrate December Holidays

Build the holiday anticipation in your classroom with a "12 Days of Christmas" lesson plan. The lesson plan includes math worksheets to incorporate math into Christmas celebrations.

Technology Meets Santa's List

Your students may be too old to send letters to Santa Claus, but they might enjoy utilizing technology to create Santa's list. This lesson teaches skills such as working with spreadsheets, word processing, and databases.

The Origins of Christmas

Provide students with lessons about the origins of Christmas by exploring historical celebrations as well as other holidays celebrated in other countries.

Natural Components of the Traditional Christmas Tree (PDF)

The Christmas tree may be a standard tradition of the holiday, but take a closer look with your students. Delve into natural components of Christmas tree trimmings with this science lesson.

A Festive Alliteration Lesson

Alliterations are not only amusing, but they can teach important writing skills to students. Pass out a Christmas alliteration worksheet to get students into the holiday spirit.

Holiday Lesson Ideas

Whenever you have time to fill in the classroom, use some of these activities and worksheets with your class. Ideas include printable puzzles and quizzes, interactive lessons, and audio resources for children.

The Blessings of a Homemade Christmas

"The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry, presents a relevant story about a poor couple who prioritized each other's happiness. Tie this winning story in with the holiday by exploring blessings that don't come from the store.

Examining the Ghost of Christmas Future

Charles Dickens adeptly created a suspenseful mood for the Ghost of Christmas Future in "A Christmas Carol." Use a worksheet to explore the nuances of this character with your students in this lesson plan.

The Origins of Christmas Traditions (PDF)

Holiday traditions play a major role in Christmas celebrations. Talk about important aspects of the holiday with students, and use this lesson plan to explore the origins of many different holiday traditions.

Celebrating Hanukkah

Students can explore the story of Hanukkah and its symbolism in this lesson plan, which includes various activities exploring aspects of this Jewish holiday.

The Nutcracker Study Guide (PDF)

"The Nutcracker" is a traditional ballet with a Christmas theme. Teach students about this story as well as the ballet art form with this comprehensive lesson plan.

Kwanzaa: A Holiday of Principles

This article provides background on this recently invented holiday as well as some ideas for classroom activities.

Fun and Learning with Holiday Vocabulary

Worksheets and puzzles can often fill extra time in the classroom. Have holiday-themed printables prepared for students like vocabulary quizzes, word searches, and fill-in-the-blank puzzles.

How to Teach the Winter Solstice

Explore the science behind this ancient winter holiday, which is also known as Yule or Yuletide by modern Wiccans.

Hanukkah Classroom Activities

The BBC has some suggestions on this page for activities to teach children about the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Students can learn the story of this holiday as well as enjoy traditions like making and eating latkes and playing with dreidels.

A Christmas Webhunt

Send students on a Web quest to answer holiday questions with this lesson plan. The interactive Web page provides safe links for students to visit to answer questions.

Learning About Festivus (PDF)

Originating on the sitcom "Seinfeld," this recently created holiday can be a lot of fun to celebrate. This document looks at this modern observance, its origins, and its tenets.

The History of Christmas

This history of Christmas can enlighten and charm students. Explore unusual Christmas traditions such as upside-down Christmas trees in this lesson plan.

Learning About the Christmas Tree

Christmas trees are more than just traditional holiday decor. Use this lesson plan to teach students about the origin and the symbolism behind this common Christmas tradition.

Active Holiday Lessons

Exercise is important throughout the year, so incorporate physical activity into Christmas lesson plans. Use suggestions such as a "Polar Express" obstacle course and Christmas tree tag for enjoyable classroom activities.

The Gift of Holiday Traditions

Exercises suggested here explore the history of gift-giving rituals during winter holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

The Spirit of Christmas

Random acts of kindness never go out of style, but they become even more special during the Christmas season. Explore ways students can reach out and touch others with kindness using this lesson plan.