Winter Holidays

Classroom Resources brought to you by KET

Have you begun your countdown to Winter Break? It won't be long, now! Enjoy the following resources to explore Winter Holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa with your students. These resources are part of a large collection of resources within KET Encyclomedia.

Christmas

Merry Christmas, Space Case

Merry Christmas, Space Case. Buddy McGee eagerly awaits a promised Christmas visit from his friend, the thing from outer space. This is the outrageous conclusion to James Marshall's SPACE CASE with all your favorite characters returning- to provide the most fun ever - not only at Christmastime, but throughout the entire year. Narrated by Christopher Lloyd. Part of the Weston Woods Series.


Discovery Education.

Grades K-2.

Story of the Nutcracker

Story of the Nutcracker. Students are introduced to this Christmas favorite. They watch the Christmas toy Nutcracker leap to life, the battle between the mouse army and the gingerbread soldiers, and the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.


Discovery Education.

Grades K-2.

Too Many Tamales

Too Many Tamales. Based on the classic children's book by Gary Soto. Everyone is coming for Christmas dinner at Maria's house. She and her mother prepare by kneading the "masa" to make tamales. When her mother takes off the ring, Maria tries it on - and is beside herself, when hours later, she thinks it has been kneaded into the tamales. How many can you eat? Part of the Weston Woods Series.


Discovery Education.

Grades K-2.

Max's Christmas

Max's Christmas. Irrepressible Max wants to stay up late on Christmas so he can see Santa Claus. Part of the Weston Woods Series.


Discovery Education.

Grades K-2.

The Night Before Christmas (1968)

The Night Before Christmas (1968). The Christmas season would not be complete without the presentation of Clement C. Moore's treasured poem. This enchanting animated version is one that will be requested over and over each year.


Discovery Education.

Grades K-5.

The Night Before Christmas (1997)

The Night Before Christmas (1997). The story of Santa's visit on a snowy Christmas Eve is beautifully brought to life with exquisite illustrations and festive music. Narrated by Anthony Edwards.


Discovery Education.

Grades K-5.

Twelve Days of Fitness

Twelve Days of Fitness. This Kindergarten through 5th grade holiday themed fitness activity gets students up and moving while singing along to a traditional Christmas song. In this activity, students listen as their teacher sings the 12 days of fitness to the tune of the 12 days of Christmas. As different exercises are said in the song, the students will perform them. Just like in the song, students will complete each exercise every verse. This lesson focuses on psychomotor and cognitive skills.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades K-5.

Christmas - All About the Holidays

Christmas - All About the Holidays. Christmas Day isn't just a holiday for Christians. Learn about the various traditions that people hold to celebrate it. Then have yourself a merry little Christmas!


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades 2-6.

MythBusters: Head Rush: Fire Sandwich

MythBusters: Head Rush: Fire Sandwich. Check out extreme experiments as Kari Byron makes a fire sandwich and creates instant snow. Figure out how long stars burn, how spiders engineer their webs, and the physics of trick shots on the pool table. MythBusters Adam and Jamie want to find out if Christmas lights can generate enough heat to start a fire while Kari, Tory, and Grant investigate antigravity machines.


Discovery Education.

Grades 6-8.

Hanukkah

Hanukkah Booklist

Hanukkah Booklist. Hanukkah is the eight-day “festival of lights” celebrated by Jewish people around the world commemorating the re dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. From Maccabees to latkes to menorahs, help children learn about Hanukkah and get in the holiday spirit by reading some of these family-friendly books.


PBS Parents.

In the Month of Kislev

In the Month of Kislev. The 1992 children's book by Nina Jaffe, with illustrations by Louise August, comes alive in this iconographic program. A wealthy, arrogant merchant learns the true meaning of Hanukkah when he takes the family of a poor peddler to court for savoring the smell of his wife's pancakes from outside their window. Narrated by Theodore Bikel. Part of the Weston Woods Series.


Discovery Education.

Grades K-2.

Holiday Facts and Fun: Hanukkah

Holiday Facts and Fun: Hanukkah. An animated story of Hanukkah shows how the ancient Jews recaptured their temple and re-established their religious freedom. A Jewish family makes Hanukkah foods (latkes and cookies), plays holiday games (spin the dreidel), sings holiday songs (Oh, Hanukkah), exchanges presents, and has a holiday feast.


Discovery Education.

Grades K-5.

Animated Hero Classics: Maccabees: The Story of Hanukkah

Animated Hero Classics: Maccabees: The Story of Hanukkah. In this program, learn the story of the first Hanukkah and Judah Maccabee, who triumphantly lead the Jewish people with valor to win the war for religious freedom.


Discovery Education.

Grades K-5.

Hanukkah - All About the Holidays

Hanukkah - All About the Holidays. Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration, but anyone can find meaning in the holiday. Check out the origins of the tradition, and and how it is observed today.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades 2-6.

Stuff You Should Know Podcast: How Hanukkah Works

Stuff You Should Know Podcast: How Hanukkah Works. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday, but what's it all about? And why do some people think of it as "Jewish Christmas"? In this episode, Josh and Chuck share Stuff You Should Know about Hanukkah.


Discovery Education.

Grades 6-12.

The Story of Hanukkah

The Story of Hanukkah. After being exiled to Babylon, ancient Jerusalem’s people continued to fight for their freedom. They wouldn’t be deterred. Even after returning to Jerusalem, they continued to fight for freedom of worship. Stories from this time are remembered during Hanukkah.


Discovery Education.

Grades 9-12.

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa Clipart

Kwanzaa Clipart. From the Getty Images iStock / 360 collection. Artwork by Caratti.


PBS LearningMedia.

Kwanzaa Booklist

Kwanzaa Booklist. Kwanzaa, which also means “first fruits” or “first harvest,” is an African American cultural holiday practiced in various cultures in Africa. These cultural holidays are in celebration of a good harvest and are similar to our Thanksgiving holiday.


PBS Parents.

Holiday Facts and Fun: Kwanzaa

Holiday Facts and Fun: Kwanzaa. The video takes viewers into the homes of celebrants for a detailed look at how Kwanzaa is observed. It features, also, the world’s largest community celebration of the holiday, where traditional African music, art and dance take center stage.


Discovery Education.

Grades K-5.

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa. The 1993 children's book by Andrea Davis Pinkney, with illustrations by Brian Pinkney, comes alive in this iconographic program narrated by Alfre Woodard. This unique African-American holiday commemorates the strength of family ties, respect for ancestors, commitment to the growth of community, and gratitude for life's bounties. For each day of Kwanzaa, a new candle is lit. Children and adults share their thoughts, songs, stories from the past, dreams about the future, and a delicious feast on the last day. Part of the Weston Woods Series.


Discovery Education.

Grades K-2.

Kwanzaa - All About the Holidays

Kwanzaa - All About the Holidays. Kwanzaa is a time to celebrate African American heritage. Learn the ways people observe this festivity and trace back its roots to ancient African customs.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades 2-6.

The Principles of Kwanzaa

The Principles of Kwanzaa. The African foundations of Kwanzaa's seven principles are shown in this intriguing program, as are explanations of how each principle can be applied to the African-American youngster's daily life. Carefully researched and beautifully animated sequences take viewers to the golden age of African kingdoms, while live-action portions show how the wisdom of African traditions hold many valuable lessons for people today, especially young people in search of better lives and more hopeful futures. Swahili terms associated with Kwanzaa have been woven into the program's narration in order to give viewers a sense of linguistic heritage.


Discovery Education.

Grades 6-8.

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