Time Saving Resources For The Last Weeks Of School

Over 20 time saving lesson plans and activities to help you survive the last weeks of December.

These activities cover a range of grades and subjects.

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December Snowflakes: A Letter Scramble Puzzle Packet and Center

Create ‘n Time WA

Celebrate December snow or the possibility of it– with this creative problem-solving activity!

This puzzle activity will keep students engaged and provide lots of discussion and competition for the most words, the longest words, and the most unusual words. Students use problem solving skills, spelling, and vocabulary skills as they work out their letter combinations.

The 12-page puzzle packet includes notes to the teacher, directions for students, the puzzle activity page, a master for letter tiles, a scoring record sheet, a procedure chart for Letter Scramble Puzzles, and a comprehensive KEY to the puzzle. One of the best features of this puzzle activity is that everyone is successful!

K-12 Subject: English Language Arts, Spelling, Vocabulary

Grade Level(s):Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Homeschooler

Type of Resource:Homeschool Curricula, Activities, Fun Stuff

Answer Key: Included

# of Pages/Slides:12


{FREE Template} A letter to Santa

teachers clipart

These free “Dear Santa” letter templates make it fun for kids to write to Santa Claus.

Be sure to let your students know that Santa knows about any accomplishments during the year, such as learning to read, remembering to make their bed, being nice to their siblings, or anything else that they’ve done really well.

Includes a blank letter for advanced levels of writing and a Part of a friendly letter poster.

This is a great resource to teach the parts of a letter.

K-12 Subject: Creative Writing, Writing, Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa

Grade Level(s):Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Homeschooler

Type of Resource:Fun Stuff, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas

# of Pages/Slides:4


Frosty Relay: A fun way to review integers, expressions, properties & equations

MissMathDork Martinsburg-WV

Speed, accuracy, and a ton of fun all rolled into this snowy activity. Groups of 4 work together to answer review problems. As they work their way through the activity a snow man is being built.

This review includes:

integer operations

combining like terms

simplifying expressions

evaluating expressions

identifying properties


one and two step equations and inequalities.

Great activity that has been classroom tested and has had positive results. The kiddos LOVE this one!

K-12 Subject: Math, Arithmetic, Order of Operations

Grade Level(s):Sixth, Seventh, Eighth

Teaching Duration:N/A

Type of Resource:Activities, Fun Stuff, Games

Answer Key:Included

# of Pages/Slides:10


Holiday From Here to There {Place Value Freebie}

Kickin’ it With Class Tomball-TX

A fun place value game for math partners! This game can be played to practice place value anywhere from 1 to 6 digits with normal dice or can be used to practice ordering numbers with decimals or even fractions with specialty dice. Differentiate the game for each player’s needs simply by changing the number of dice they roll! My class loves to play From here to There.

I use this as a strategy game in my math rotation all year long!

K-12 Subject: Math, Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa

Grade Level(s): Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth

Type of Resource: Activities, Fun Stuff


Christmas math problems from around the world

Teacher Addict Fletcher-NC

This are 12 math problems. Each math problem gives additional information about a tradition or custom from another country in the world. An answer key is provided. The whole product can be printed in color or black and white.

K-12 Subject: Math, Other (Social Studies – History), Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa

Grade Level(s): Third, Fourth, Fifth

Type of Resource: Worksheets, Homework, Math Centers

Answer Key: Included

# of Pages/Slides: 9 (with title)


Twas the Night Before Christmas Interactive Read Aloud Printable

Lisa Frase TX

This FREE pdf file contains a copy of Clement C. Moore’s famous poem, “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, plus a printable template for printing out interactive read aloud notes (ready to go) onto Post-It Notes. Simply print out the notes onto Post-It notes, and place the Post-It’s inside your copy of the book. This is a ready to go interactive read aloud lesson!

K-12 Subject: English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading

Grade Level(s): Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Homeschooler

Type of Resource: Activities, Minilessons, Printables

# of Pages/Slides:6


Christmas Activities {for the Early Finisher Board}

Shelley Gray Balmoral-MB

These activities are designed to be utilized with The Early Finisher Board. However, even if you are currently not using The Early Finisher Board in your classroom, they can still be used as Math and Language Arts activities around Christmas.

Shelley Gray

K-12 Subject: English Language Arts, Math, Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa

Grade Level(s): First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth

Type of Resource: Other, Activities, Printables

# of Pages/Slides: 55


Winter Fun Color-in Joke Bookmarks

LittleRed London-ON

A cute coloring activity for students – winter joke bookmarks! This set contains four designs featuring original artwork.

Please see instructions and terms of use within the file.

K-12 Subject: Other, Holidays/Seasonal, Winter

Grade Level(s): Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Homeschooler

Type of Resource:Fun Stuff, Handouts, Printables

# of Pages/Slides: 2


Holiday Grid Math-Coordinate Graphing

Splash! Publications Glendale-AZ

Our FREE Holiday Grid Math activity requires 3rd-5th Grade students to use ordered pairs on a coordinate graph to create a mystery picture.

K-12 Subject: Graphing, Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa, Winter

Grade Level(s): Third, Fourth, Fifth, Homeschooler

Teaching Duration: 1 hour

Type of Resource: Worksheets, Activities, Printables

Answer Key: Included

# of Pages/Slides: 5


FREE Summarizing Task Cards for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa

Rachel Lynette Bothell-WA

Happy Holidays! I made this set free as a little Holiday gift for you. I hope you and your students enjoy them!

This set of summarizing task cards includes ten cards for Christmas, five for Hanukkah, and five for Kwanzaa. The cards are about cultural traditions and practices so they will work in a public school setting. The first ten cards are informational text (nonfiction) while the last ten are fictional. A two-page student answer sheet is provided. Print it double-sided, or just use one or the other if you want to focus on either informational or fiction text. There is also a suggested answer key.

The card challenge students to summarize the paragraph in just 12 words or less. By presenting only one paragraph at a time, the often overwhelming task of summarizing becomes much more manageable. In addition, the word count limit will keep students from simply rewriting the entire paragraph. You may want to remind students that they must answer with a complete sentence (the challenge was issued as a word count instead as limiting to one sentence to avoid long, run-on sentences as answers). You may want to allow 15 words for students who are struggling with 12.

Because summarizing is such a difficult skill, I have included a SUM reminder card. There is also a cover card and two Challenge Cards to extend the learning.

This resource addresses:





Rachel Lynette

K-12 Subject: English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa

Grade Level(s): Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Homeschooler

Type of Resource: Printables, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards

Answer Key: Included


Use this set of “Top 10 List” worksheets as a fun & unique way to review your school year, semester or calendar year. Have the students work by themselves or collaboratively!


Top 10 Things I’ve Learned

Top 10 Life Moments

Top 10 School Moments

Top 10 Goals for Next Year

Top 10 Movies & Songs

Top 10 Pieces of Advice for next year’s students

Large and small versions of worksheets

Paragraph writing paper

Easily adaptable to different grade levels and abilities! Have fun!

Addie Williams, Addie Education, New Year’s, Resonlutions,

K-12 Subject: English Language Arts, Expository Writing

Grade Level(s):Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth

Type of Resource:Worksheets, Activities, Fun Stuff


FREE Common Core Writing Transitional Words Anchor Charts for Writing

Display these transition words anchor charts in your classroom so students can reference them while they write. Using transitional words and phrases aid in the flow of a writing piece. The words are broken down not only by Common Core standards, but by purpose.

Aligned with the Common Core State Standards ELA Literacy in Writing, grades 6-12. All standards are listed in the download. Read more about implementing these on my blog.

Created by Tracee Orman

Mrs. Orman’s Classroom

K-12 Subject: English Language Arts, Writing, Tools for Common Core

Grade Level(s):Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Homeschooler

Teaching Duration:Lifelong Tool

Type of Resource:Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Posters

# of Pages/Slides:17


Winter Holidays Classification Exercise and Holiday Crossword Puzzzle

Charlene Tess

El Paso-TX

Two free activities to keep students engaged during the class periods before winter break. One is a higher order thinking skills classification exercise and the other is a holiday crossword puzzle. Both exercises are fun for the students and yet they require thinking. This is just what you need to fill those moments in class when students have finished their work. Enjoy!

K-12 Subject: English Language Arts, Vocabulary, EFL – ESL – ELD

Grade Level(s):Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Homeschooler

Teaching Duration:N/A

Type of Resource:Worksheets, Activities, Handouts

Answer Key:Included

# of Pages/Slides:5


French Winter Sports Activity Bingo and Vocab Cards Package


A great winter activity themed bingo game for your French as a second language class! This package includes two versions at different levels, with word wall cards to post on your classroom bulletin board for each level.

Level 1 is a 3 by 3 bingo game titled “OUI” and there are 28 unique cards, drawing randomly from a list of 20 terms. Level 2 is a 5 by 5 bingo game for a more challenging activity. Level 2 includes 40 unique bingo cards based on a list of 35 indoor and outdoor winter sports and activities.

Madame Aiello


Voici un jeu gratuit de BINGO pour la classe de francais au theme des sports d’hiver et autres choses qu’on peut faire en hiver. Deux versions aux niveaux differents sont y compris avec ce produit. Niveau 1 comprend neuf mots par carte et niveau 2 comprend 25 mots/expressions par carte. De plus, il y a des cartes de vocabulaire pour le tableau d’affichage dans votre salle de classe – les cartes des 2 niveaux sont distingees selon le couleur du texte et de la carte.

Si vous l’auriez aime, laissez un commentaire s’il vous plait! J’aimerais bien recevoir vos commentaires et suggestions.

Madame Aiello


K-12 Subject: Foreign Language, French, Foreign Languages

Grade Level(s):Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Higher Education, Adult Education

Teaching Duration:N/A

Type of Resource:Fun Stuff, Bulletin Board Ideas, Games

Answer Key:N/A

# of Pages/Slides:68


Incorporating Strong Word Choice: 3 Lessons for Language Arts Grades 6-9

Krystal Mills

These 3lessons will help to inspire your students to use more powerful word choice in their writing.

They will learn the impact of switching a verb in a sentence and how the message is enhanced (or not).

They will experience what writing using the 5 senses means.

They will listen to powerful word choice in picture story books/novels and use these examples to improve their own writing.

My students really enjoyed these lessons and I hope yours do too!

Teacher-Author: Krystal Mills

word choice lessons, language arts, grades 6,7,8,9

K-12 Subject: English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing

Grade Level(s):Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth

Teaching Duration:N/A

Type of Resource:Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Minilessons

Answer Key:N/A

# of Pages/Slides:15



Rachel Lynette


12-12-12 is this Wednesday! Here is a fun activity for your students to do in class or as homework.

K-12 Subject: Gifted and Talented, Holidays/Seasonal

Grade Level(s): Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Homeschooler

Type of Resource:

Fun Stuff, Homework, Printables

Answer Key:


# of Pages/Slides: 1

12-12-12 is only a few days away, and it won’t come around again for another hundred years. What can you do with your students to celebrate? Try some (or all) of these fun ideas.

1. Challenge your students to write a short story using twelve sentences that each contain exactly twelve words.

2. Have your students come up with twelve different challenging equations that all equal 12.

3. Incorporate the season by having your students solve these 12 free story problems based on the Christmas Carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

4. Have your students make a list of their twelve favorite books of all time.

5. Surprise your students with a fun treat in twelves, for example, 12 Tootsie Rolls, 12 pretzels, 12 Skittles etc.

6. Use a map to discover what lies 112 miles north, east, south, and west of your town.

7. Have your students write about what they think their lives will be like in twelve years. Or alternatively, have them write about what they think the world will be like on 12-12 -2112.

8. Choose a question with 3-4 more or less equal responses (e.g. which of these is your favorite Christmas treat.) For homework on December 11th, have each student query twelve different people and tally the results. Then use the results to create a class bar graph.

9. Read twelve short poems out loud throughout the day. Or, tell 12 jokes.

10. In PE, do drills in twelves: 12 sit ups, 12 jumping jacks, 12 laps around the gym, 12 ball tosses, 12 seconds balancing on a balance board etc.

11.Play Dictionary Blitz (a game I just made up). Give each student or pair of students a dictionary. Set an alarm for 12 seconds. When you say the mystery word (which can be any word you want), students have to find the word before the alarm sounds. Just be sure to emphasize that students must still be sure to handle their dictionaries carefully (no torn/wrinkled pages).

12.Have your students complete this free 12-12-12 Challenge which involves a combination of writing, research, math, and creative thinking.


Christmas Holiday Logic Puzzle

Lindsay Perro


This fun activity will keep your students thinking as they try to figure out which gift each child received!

K-12 Subject:

For All Subject Areas, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa

Grade Level(s):

Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth


Graphing Linear Equations with Color Worksheet

Lindsay Perro


Students are given 14 equations that must be re-written in slope intercept form. They must then graph them using an indicated color. An answer key is included.

K-12 Subject:

Math, Algebra, Graphing

Grade Level(s):

Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Homeschooler

Type of Resource:Worksheets, Activities

Answer Key: Included

# of Pages/Slides: 4


Seasonal Systems of Equations

Math in the Middle


This FREE worksheet on Systems of Equations contains 15 Christmas and Winter themed word problems which students need to solve by writing and solving systems of equations.

Once students solve the linear system problems and write their answers as ordered pairs, they need to plot their solutions on the included coordinate plane. Finally, students will “connect the dots” to reveal a holiday picture!

This worksheet is a fun way for Algebra students to practice writing and solving systems of equations, especially around Christmas time!

This download includes a cover page, 2 pages of word problems, a coordinate plane, and an answer key.

I hope you enjoy this freebie!

Like this product and looking for more Christmas fun with systems of equations? Check out my seasonal products on Solving Systems of Equations by Graphing and Solving Systems of Equations using Substitution!

K-12 Subject: Algebra, Word Problems, Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa

Grade Level(s): Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Homeschooler

Type of Resource:Worksheets, Handouts, Homework

Answer Key: Included

# of Pages/Slides: 5


Snowflake graph and symmetry activity for coordinate plane

Math to the Core

The Woodlands-TX

Not only do students need to know how to graph line segments in all four quadrants, they will use their symmetry skills to complete the snowflake.

Of course an answer key is provided!


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K-12 Subject:

Math, Algebra, Graphing

Grade Level(s):

Seventh, Eighth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschooler

Type of Resource: Worksheets, Fun Stuff, Printables

Answer Key: Included

# of Pages/Slides: 3


In My Dreams – Activity #1 – Calculating Sales Tax and Discounts

Teaching By Hart Selkirk-MB

The activity in this resource is designed to help students make connections between what they are learning in math class and the real world. Students will have the opportunity to use the skills they have gained in math class and use them towards real scenarios. Whether it is purchasing a TV, a hot tub, or a lab top, your students will enjoy this activity while strengthening their number sense skills in a very real way!

I typically use this activity as a culminating/assessment activity to a unit on decimals and percent.

Within this activity students will need to calculate the discount and sales tax required to purchase that dream item they’ve always wanted!!

K-12 Subject: Math, Numbers, Decimals

Grade Level(s): Sixth, Seventh, Eighth

Type of Resource:Projects, Activities, Assessment

# of Pages/Slides:11


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