Activity Overview

In this fun activity, students will explore the different ways people celebrate the winter holidays. Students can use a web or grid to show some of the celebrations for one or more holidays. You can also use this activity to examine historical and/or religious aspects of the winter holiday season, discussing different practices throughout history.

Here are just a few thoughts to get your students started:

  • lighting candles
    • menorah
    • kinara
    • advent wreath
    • lights in windows

  • family visits
  • parties
  • gift exchange
  • cards
  • church or temple services
  • feast
  • outdoor decoration
  • special food
  • holiday games
  • holiday music
  • volunteering/giving to others

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. If you choose to focus on one holiday, write the name of the holiday in the title. You may write "Ways to Celebrate" if you are going to be more general.
  3. Write the ways to celebrate in the headings.
  4. Add illustrations using appropriate scenes, characters, items, and dialogue.
  5. Save and Exit

Lesson Plan Reference


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Holiday Storyboard Activity
Create a holiday storyboard!
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Images show creativity and care.
Scenes, characters, and items are appropriate for this purpose.
Images are confusing or do not make sense for this purpose.
Evidence of Effort
Work is complete, thorough, and neat.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.
Ideas are organized. There are few or no grammatical, mechanical, or spelling errors.
Ideas are mostly organized. There are some grammatical, mechanical, or spelling errors.
Ideas may be disorganized or misplaced. Lack of control over grammar, mechanics, and spelling reflect a lack of proofreading.

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