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My favority activity each year is hands down, learning and writing about Christmas around the world traditions. How about you? I also love holidays around the world traditions, when we learn about other non-Christmas holidays. Students in elementary grades are inquisitive and eager to learn the traditions from other countries.
I put a fun twist on these activities with a “Christmas Around the World” themed escape room or scavenger hunt. What’s more fun than playing a holiday game? Students don’t even know they’re learning as they travel around the room, I mean, around the world, searching for clues in reading passages!
Christmas Around the World Traditions Reading Scavenger Hunt
There isn’t much of anything more exciting that waiting for Santa to bring gifts around the world on Christmas Eve. But Santa’s GPS is broken! Your students will have to help Santa find the next country he should visit.
Students begin with a leveled reading comprehension passage and two questions. The challenge is to find the code word for each answer.
Once they’ve found all the answers, they must unscramble the letters to find the mystery word. The mystery word is the next country for Santa to visit.
Each of the fifteen countries has a short reading passage. The passages were written by me, and not by AI, so you know it’s had a teacher’s close eye on the passages.
- ► This reading activity has 15 different countries grouped by geographic region.
- ❄ Each country has two half-sheet reading passages.
- ► Each reading passage has a question that leads to a clue to help Santa.
- ☃ You may complete the scavenger hunts in any order.
- ► Students will read and reread the passages because they’ll be super motivated to find out where Santa is going next.
- ❄ It includes a video hook to get your students engaged.
- ► This product includes printable Christmas cards your students can personalize.
- ☃ 3 printable coloring pages depicting scenes from the reading passages
These are the countries included:
- ► Italy
- ► France
- ► Germany
- ► Spain
- ► England
Southern Hemisphere Countries:
- ► Mexico
- ► Brazil
- ► Argentina
- ► Peru
- ► Australia
Northern Regions Countries:
- ► Russia
- ► Sweden
- ► Norway
- ► Canada
- ► Switzerland
Holidays Around the World ELA Scavenger Hunt
The fun just gets even better, when you add in these holidays.
- Hanukkah / Chanukah
- Japanese New Year
- Chinese New Year.
This scavenger hunt / escape room activity follows the same format as the Christmas Around the World, except this time students must find a gift hidden in one of the non-Christmas reading comprehension passages.
It has its own holiday video hook, too!
How to Use These Around the World Scavenger Hunts
It takes about 30-45 minutes to complete each scavenger hunt, depending on your class size and abilities.
- Start by printing the reading passages and the answer sheets for the students.
- You might consider laminating the reading passages so you can use them year after year.
- Place the passages around the room. Students may visit them in any order, so there won’t be any waiting in line to do the next activity.
- Start by showing the video hook to your class.
- Sit back and relax with your peppermint latte while your students do all the work! They’ll be having so much fun, they won’t even realize they’re working on reading comprehension, looking back in the text for evidence, and being word detectives!
Early finishers can do the coloring pages, or the greeting cards.
When you do, you can come back to it again next year.
December Winter Writing Prompts – One for Each Day
What if your focus isn’t on Christmas? I’ve got just the thing for you. My December Writing Prompts come from the National Days calendars. The teacher notes pages include video or a websites to build background knowledge before the students begin writing. You can choose to use them or not.
This daily writing prompt journal is digital and printable. You can print out a day or two or assign the journal in your online learning system. But however you do it, it will be a true timesaver and a relief to have all the prompts done for you. No more scrambling to find something your students will like.
The journal also includes digital editing tools so students can check their own spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and usage. They can correct it and revise it before turning it in to you.
You can print these out and share one page each day together as a class. Another option is to print them four to a page and have the students glue them into a writing journal. You can see an example of that in the preview.
This writing hyperdoc is designed to be used as a classroom community building activity and as a warm up for writing class. But you could extend these prompts into a paragraph of the week or a dedicated lesson for opinion writing, or expository or information writing.
Some of the prompts include:
- National Llama Day
- National Poinsettia Day
- National Illinois Day
- National Thank You Note Day
- Santa Paws Month
- Dewey Decimal Day
As soon as I learned about the Dewey Decimal System in 3rd grade, I wanted to be a librarian. Even as a youth I loved having all things organized!
A review of this product from Jennifer M. states, “Excellent resource! Thank you so much!”
More Holiday Activities and Free Christmas Cards
You can get a set of holiday greeting cards for your students to color and personalize right here on my blog. You’ll find them in the Member Vault.
Even More Merry and Bright Christmas Activities
In another post, I’ve included seven holiday activities, some free and some paid. They include multiplication games, bingo, a Christmas craft activity, and best of all two holiday cards from my dogs. You’ve got to scroll to the end to check out Tucker and Dahlila sending you warm fuzzy wishes!
Christy is a credentialed teacher and homeschool mentor who has pages and pages of learning activities to carry you through the holidays! You’re definitely going to want to check out her site. From holiday paper chains to Editable Christmas Trees, you’ll find something fun to celebrate. If you want the super condensed scoop on Happy Hive Homeschooling’s holiday ideas, check out this page.
If you’d like to read more holiday posts on the TeacherWriter.co blog, here are some you might like.