Elementary Winter Holiday Resources

from the ESC Region 13 Distance & Digital Learning Team

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Winter Holiday Resources

Discovery Education is known for their high quality, engaging videos and video segments. Beyond videos, Discovery Education provides teachers with easily accessible interactives, lessons, assignments, activities, images, text, audio, and instructional strategies to enhance any lesson.

Here are some favorite Discovery Education winter holiday resources:

  • Christmas Train Video: Join Santa and all his festive friends at the North Pole on a fun-filled train ride that teaches counting. Students are encouraged to keep an eye out for all the holiday characters from Santa's elves to magical reindeer as the program counts from 1 to 20. This animated storybook was written by author David Miles.

  • Hanukkah: K-2 Activity: Students will learn about the holiday, Hanukkah, and why it is celebrated in the United States of America.

  • Dreidel Game PDF: Learn how to play a game of dreidel and make your own paper dreidel.

  • Kwanzaa: K-2 Activity: Students learn about Kwanzaa while practicing foundational math and language arts skills.

Download the Dreidel Game!

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The Hour of Code is a global movement introducing tens of millions of students worldwide to computer science, inspiring kids to learn more, breaking stereotypes, and leaving them feeling empowered.

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2021 Computer Science Education Week will be December 6-12, but you can host an Hour of Code all year-round. Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).
Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. See more stats here.
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Have You Read. . .?

Winter bees: & other poems of the cold

Tundra swan, snake, snowflake. Bees in their hive, a vole under snow, the fly-high raven and the earth-bound wolf. The lives of these and other creatures in winter are the subject of poems by Joyce Sidman that crackle with cold and sing with warmth. “We scaled a million blooms / to reap the summer’s glow. / Now, in the merciless cold, / we share each morsel of heat, / each honeycombed crumb … / Deep in the winter hive, / we burn like a golden sun” (from “Winter Bees”). Sidman’s evocative, lyrical poems are paired with brief scientific information about each of her subjects that further illuminates the poems and their imagery. Gorgeous, stylized lino-block and digitally rendered art by Rick Allen is an elegant backdrop to a lovely, finely crafted collection. (Ages 6–10)

Check it out at your Flatonia ISD library!

Winter bees: & other poems of the cold

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The last kids on Earth and the cosmic beyond

The fourth book in the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling series, with over 7 million copies in print!

Terrifyingly fun! Delivers big thrills and even bigger laughs.--Jeff Kinney, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Diary of a Wimpy Kid

It's the first winter after the monster apocalypse. For Jack and his buddies, that means sled catapults, epic snowball battles, and one monstrous Christmas celebration. But their winter wonderland turns dark when a villainess begins hunting them. And this villainess is different--she's a human.

When the villainess steals Jack's prized monster-slaying tool, the Louisville Slicer, he vows to get it back. But it won't be easy. Jack and his friends soon discover that the Louisville Slicer is the key to a dark plan that threatens the entire world--and beyond...

Told in a mixture of text and black-and-white illustration, this is the perfect series for any kid who's ever dreamed of starring in their own comic book or video game.

Check it out at your Flatonia ISD library!

The last kids on Earth and the cosmic beyond

TeachingBooks resources from TexQuest

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Distance & Digital Learning Team

Contact the Distance & Digital Learning Team at ESC Region 13 for more great STAAR support resources available through your Discovery Education Experience subscription.

Nikki D Robertson, M. Ed.

Digital Learning Project Coordinator

Tim Brown

Distance Learning Systems Specialist