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December Holidays Facts Internet Hunt


                                December Holidays Facts Internet Hunt
                                                    by Cindy O'Hora

Directions: Ctrl-Click the links to go to a site with the question's answer.
1. What does the Grinch have in his smile?

2. Which President brought the first Christmas tree into the White House?

Your Aunt Cindy is collecting the ornaments from the White House.
How many ornaments does she have?

What is the theme of this year's White House Christmas tree?

3. How did the Druids use mistletoe?

4. Holly trees and bushes are native to North America.
List three reasons to plant native plants in your yard, at your school or in a local park.

5. What is a dreidel?

6. What did they feed the horse, when it wouldn't eat latkes?

Find the story- Try using the Find command to help you scan the page: Go Edit ... Find
Enter a keyword in the box. Hit the return key.

7. Name three ingredients used to make latkes. (Find a recipe online to answer the question.)
8. Mount Washington, N.H. has some of the worst weather around. How much snow do they have
(Hint: Consider the links. Which might give info on weather conditions?)

9. If the wind speed is 10 MPH and the temperature is -5 degrees Fahrenheit, what is the wind chill?

10. After a visit to Mt. Washington, N.H., some wassail is in order.
What is the tradition of the wassail?

11. What are the chances you'll have snow for Christmas?

12. What does Della sell to be able to buy a gift for her husband in O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi?

You can listen to it being read - clicking here.

What really is the gift both Della and Jim gave each other?

13. Review Two Gifts that Cost Nothing.

a. I would like to give -

b. Which of these gifts would you like to be given? Explain why it appeals to you.
14. What is the winter solstice?

15. What is the Icelandic Yule holiday?
(Check out the URL! "is" indicates you are accessing a computer in Iceland!)

16. The name Kwanzaa comes from what language?

17. What color are poinsettia flowers? Read carefully!

18. If you have a fireplace, perhaps you will burn a yule log. The unburned part is thought to protect
a house from something. What is it?

19. Describe the Christmas Truce.

20. What is myrrh?

21. Listen to Recycling Christmas Trees report.
Break it down: How can people recycle a tree?

22. Watch: Saving water for the holidays. What will you do to conserve water?
23. Watch Mathflix's free video on Order of Operations or Khan Academy's free video Introduction
to Order of Operations.

Now apply the principle that things must be done in a specific order, to a different situation.

Create an "Order of Operations" for giving a gift.

24. Write a mnemonic for your gifting order of operations.
(If you do not know what a mnemonic is, look it up using a search engine.)


* Suppose you wanted to write a poem about a holiday in December.
How many English words rhyme with the word "holiday"?
Go to Enter holiday in the blank box.

* December Math Activities

* Listen to this remarkable December story from StoryCorps.

* Think you know a lot about the story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens? Try this puzzle

* Winter Song Photo Story Project

* Calculate the cost of the Twelve Days of Christmas

* Listen to this holiday story - Homemade gifts gone wrong What is her message?

Should she do it again next year? Why or Why not?

Holiday Extras:
Enjoy - A very funny compilation of holiday songs done by Indiana University's Capella Group @ TeacherTube

Explore December Civics | History of the Holidays

Best Treat of All online book | Stranger in the Woods - Children's book Activity

A Wartime Favor Brings a Special Gift listen to this remarkable story

Read the story - the Special Christmas present. Answer the questions. | Read how Sally Saves Christmas with a young child

Learn more about How the Grinch Stole Christmas | 12 Days of Middle School Spreadsheet activity

Science Observations Skill Builders - do one that is winer related

Find some facts about Chanukah

Christmas song game | Fashioning frameworks for festive cookies

Iron Science Teacher - What would you do? Xmas Toys | Infinite Pine Tree Activity at Mathflix Part 2 video

Explore a science subject at Science Close Up gr 1-6 | CSPAN Student Cam video contest

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