BrainPOP & BrainPOP, Jr.
BrainPOP is always my first go-to for quick videos that are highly engaging, informative, and all-around fun! The advantage of teaching third grade is that both the BrainPOP and the BrainPOP, Jr. are age-appropriate and because our district has a subscription, I can show these whole-class on our projector or have kids watch them on our class iPads. There are quizzes at the end and also lessons and worksheets to help with vocabulary and more!
The holidays covered are Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's. You can find BrainPOP HERE (Currently FREE!!) and BrainPOP, Jr. HERE.
Scholastic Winter Holidays page links to three separate pages for each of the three main winter holidays: Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. There are teacher resources, games, an interactive slideshow, book recommendations, and more! I would definitely recommend having your students clock through the postcards on the top to learn more about each holiday. This makes a wonderful Read with a Partner activity and will be a wonderful way to reinforce what was learned on BrainPOP.
You can find Scholastic Winter Holidays HERE.
Primary Games has links to Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa-specific pages that are full or facts, games, coloring pages, and more! This is a great spot for review or reinforcing lessons taught earlier and there are some links to publishing paper, book recommendations, and even jokes to keep kids excited and engaged this whole month.
Find PrimaryGames Christmas HERE, PrimaryGames Hanukkah HERE, and PrimaryGames Kwanzaa HERE.
I am a big fan of ReadWorks,org and use their leveled comprehension passages frequently with my students, especially when introducing any of my reading brochures throughout the year. Their passages come with comprehension questions and you can choose what to read based on Lexile levels, so there's something for everyone in your class!
This time of year, I love their Winter & Holiday Passages! Find the ReadWorks.org Reading Passages HERE.
With the increased amount of indoor recess, sometimes it's nice to have a computer game for kids to play that's nonacademic and just plain ol' fun! My kids *adore* making paper snowflakes, but sometimes our paper supply is low, so Make-a-Flake is a perfect (and eco-friendly!) alternative! Kids can virtually cut out a snowflake and preview it as they go along. They have the option to save it at the end or continue to cut, or start over. It's a great activity and a good intro into my How to Make a Paper Snowflake Writing Activity, too!
Find Make-a-Flake HERE.
For more Winter Holiday fun, be sure to check out my Winter World Holidays Word Work Centers HERE:
I also have Christmas and Hanukkah-specific Word Work Centers:
Enjoy these resources and I hope you're having a great start to the holiday season!
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