free math and reading Christmas activities for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students

Free Christmas Activities for Math and Reading

free math and reading Christmas activities for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students

Check out these free Christmas activities - a fun way for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to celebrate the holidays while still learning!  This list includes free activities to help students practice a variety of math and reading skills, as well as some other activities that are just for fun.

While some of these freebies are from Teaching Made Practical, many of the resources have been created by other teacher-authors.

Free Christmas Math Activities

Snowman Fraction Scene Freebie
Integrate art with fractions. Students create a snowman by following instructions that require an understanding of fractions.

12 Days of Christmas Word Problems
Students answer word problems using the information from the "12 Days of Christmas Song!"

Christmas Shopping Budget
A real world Christmas math activity.  Students imagine they have $100 to spend on gifts for Christmas. Provide students with shopping ads so that they can decide how to spend it!

Christmas Multiplication Coloring Sheet
Students color in a design by solving multiplication problems.

Christmas Logic Puzzle
3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students complete a holiday themed logic puzzle. They have to figure out what person wore what ugly holiday sweater.

Christmas Literacy Bundle for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

This Christmas Literacy Bundle is packed with no prep activities to help keep your students in the holiday spirit while also learning!

It has a huge variety of reading and writing activities that can be used for:

  • morning work
  • reading centers
  • early finishers
  • homework
  • time fillers
  • a Christmas packet

Free Christmas Literacy Activities

Christmas in the United States Close Reading
3 reading passages (the same passage on 3 different levels to help you differentiate) on Christmas in the United States, and questions to help you assess student comprehension.

Christmas Writing Prompts
18 Christmas/holiday themed writing prompt ideas to help get your upper elementary students' creative juices flowing.

Christmas Themed Writing Paper
Christmas themed writing paper with 4 different sizing options so you will be sure to find one that works for your students!

Christmas Simile and Metaphor Task Cards
32 task cards with holiday statements. Students must determine whether the statement on the task card includes a simile or a metaphor.

Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa Summarizing Task Cards
20 task cards with holiday themed task cards that students must summarize using 12 words or less.

Holiday Following Directions Puzzle
Students must follow written instructions to solve the holiday word puzzle.

Reader's Theater
A holiday Reader's Theater that can be adapted for your entire 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade class.

Christmas Idioms
Students read a Christmas poem that contains many idioms. Students must identify the idioms and figure out the meaning.

Indoor Snowball Fight
The free reading passages for this activity are not winter or Christmas related, but the snowball fight is a lot of fun for this time of year!

Figurative Language in Poetry No Prep Printables for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

Need some no prep figurative language practice? These worksheets include engaging poems with figurative language along with questions, activities, a student reference chart, and more. And as an added bonus, the worksheets walk students through the process of creating their own short poems with figurative language.

This resource is great for Poetry Month!

Free Christmas Activities: Just for Fun

Christmas Party Ideas
A variety of Christmas party ideas so that every 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teacher can find something that will work for them!

Christmas Party Bag Exchange
An easy class party idea and the handouts to go along with it. Each student creates a bag and fills it with different types of snacks. Then, students play a game where they end up exchanging their holiday bags with each other.

Christmas Charades
Students are divided into teams and play charades using Christmas songs.

Christmas Tree Craft
A fun craft for upper elementary students. Students create a standing, 3-D Christmas tree.

Christmas Would You Rather Questions
Christmas - themed "Would You Rather" Questions to get kids talking and thinking.

Kindness with Santa's Beard
A Christmas activity that encourages kindness! Santa's beard has 12 acts of kindness. Students complete one act of kindness each day and trim Santa's beard after completing.

Christmas Kindness Calendar
A Christmas calendar for the 25 days leading up to Christmas. Each day has a random act of kindness idea for 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students to complete.  You might also like these other ideas for creating a culture of kindness in your classroom.  

Christmas Ornament
A template to help students create an octahedron Christmas ornament. A glyph activity is included.

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