Eight no-prep holiday activities provide hours of independent learning for third, fourth, and fifth grade students. This December Independent Learning Module includes a 10-page student booklet, answer keys, rubric, and an interactive website. It’s a teacher’s (or parent's) dream come true!
Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich
, these activities are classroom-tested and kid-approved. The ILM is also part of the Independent Learning Module Bundle
, which includes all nine monthly ILMs at a discount price. Click here
to view all of them.
What Is It?
Each Independent Learning Module (ILM) merges digital content with engaging activities. The specially designed website houses texts, presentations, and learning links. It was designed to keep high third grade students, average to high fourth grade students, and all fifth grade students working independently.
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This month’s ILM features seasonal activities related to Christmas and other holidays, as well as the December solstice.
How Can I Use It?
• Online Fun for All - The December ILM provides fun, meaningful instruction and practice for your entire class. Use it all or pick and choose for specific subjects.
• I’m Done, Now What? - Let the independent learning module provide anchor activities for early finishers or enrichment activities for gifted and talented learners.
• Five Minutes Peace (and More!) - Are you behind on grading? Do you need to meet with individual students or small groups? The independent learning module will keep your students busy for hours.
• Sub Plans - For a full day (or two) of sub plans, just leave the ILM! Kids will learn, work independently, and have fun.
• Homeschool (or Learn at Home) – Hey, parents! This is a great way to enhance your homeschool curriculum. It’s also fantastic for kids who go to school but need some extra enrichment at home.
This month’s module includes activities for eight subjects. Pick and choose or use them all!
Informational Text – December Solstice
• ILM Online - Students read a short informational piece, study a diagram, and use links to learn about solstices and equinoxes.
• ILM Packet - Using multiple texts/media, they answer questions about the solstice and seasons then draw a diagram of the path of the earth around the sun.
Language - Capitalizing Titles
• ILM Online - Students click through a lively slideshow that teaches rules for capitalizing titles using holiday movie titles.
• ILM Packet - They practice capitalizing titles of holiday songs.
Listening – Drawing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
• ILM Online - A seven-minute video teaches students to draw Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
• ILM Packet - Students draw their own pictures as they listen.
Literature - “Twas the Night Before Christmas”
• ILM Online - Students read this classic Christmas poem. Interactive slide shows allow them to explore its structural elements.
• ILM Packet - They record the number of stanzas in the poem, verses per stanza, beats per verse, and meter. Then they mark the accented syllables and rhyming words for two stanzas.
Math – Perimeter and Area in Santa’s Workshop
• ILM Online - Two videos teach kids about perimeter and area.
• ILM Packet - Students explore perimeter and area with two challenging problems about Santa’s workshop.
Science – Electrical Circuits
• ILM Online - Kids watch three videos and read one article to explore the basics of electrical circuits, as well as series and parallel circuits.
• ILM Packet - They define current electricity and answer questions about a diagram showing a series circuit and a parallel circuit. Finally, they tell whether they’d like to have Christmas lights made with series or parallel circuits.
Social Studies – Kids Can Make a Difference
• ILM Online - Students watch three videos to see how kids can make a difference.
• ILM Packet - They consider how they might make a difference in the world and develop a plan.
Writing – Hire Me, Santa!
• ILM Online - Five instructional videos that guide students in writing persuasive essays are linked to the ILM.
• ILM Packet - Santa is hiring elves! Students write persuasive essays to apply for the job.
What Standards Are Covered?
• Informational Text - answering questions using multiple texts and media
• Language - capitalizing titles
• Listening - following directions
• Literature - identifying structural elements of poetry
• Math - calculating perimeter and area
• Science - understanding an electrical circuit
• Social Studies - making a contribution to society
• Writing - writing persuasive essays
Clip art in the student packet was created by Educlips
and Annie Lang of Annie Things Possible
I'm committed to continual improvement. This resource was updated in November of 2017.