21 Holiday Resources to Survive December!

21 Holiday Resources to Survive December

It’s time for another round up of resources – this time we’re covering the Holiday Season! December is one of the hardest months to survive, even though we get a small vacation! The kids know vacation is coming, so their minds aren’t where they should be. All the better reason to embrace their current fascination with the Holidays, but sneak in educational nuggets that they might not notice ;) Best of all, none of these involve that scary elf.

A Christmas Story Solve and Snip Decimals Math

Love the movie “A Christmas Story”? Your kids will love these Solve and Snips to practice their decimals!

Peel and stick for a December Math Journal! Interactive too!

Peel and stick for a December Math Journal! Interactive too!

“If I were trapped in a snow globe…” writing prompts

This is a popular activity on Pinterest – “If I were trapped in a snow globe…” writing prompts! These would make a great board display too!

Christmas Grid Games

These Christmas Grid Games are great for practicing basic math skills.

Tic Tac Toe Holiday Freebie

These Tic-Tac-Toe Boards are great for grades 6 through 10, and FREE!

A Christmas Carol Flip Book

You know I love interactivity, so of course I love this pop-up flip book for A Christmas Carol!

A Christmas Story ELA Unit

Take the “A Christmas Story” theme into ELA with this pack!

Dr Seuss Tree

How awesome is this? A Dr. Seuss Tree for the classroom or library! You could take that word strip idea and use it on any book-themed tree… maybe a train one for The Polar Express?

Christmas Activities

Here’s ten great Christmas Activities for little hands. I love those coffee filter trees!

Christmas Projects

This 26-page Christmas Project is great for covering all areas of learning, including Art!

Christmas Writing Prompts for Teens

We could ALWAYS need more writing prompts, here’s some that are Christmas themed! Not just about elves and reindeer – but the ideas of traditions, giving, and free choice! Just about every type of writing prompt is covered.

Free Christmas Writing Papers

Make their writing assignments a bit more fun with these free winter writing papers!

Math Mystery Picture Christmas

Kids LOVE these Math Mystery Pictures! They definitely will share the Grinch’s grin if you assign them this little activity.

Christmas STEAM Advent

December has already started, but that doesn’t mean you’re too late to start this Christmas STEAM Advent Calendar of activities!!

Around the World Christmas Interactive Notebook

It’s important to include multiple traditions in your lessons on the Holiday Season. I love this “Around the World” INB for the Holidays!

Christmas Math Stations

These math stations are genius!!! Your kids really will be “jingling” all the way to Christmas if you send them off to winter break after doing these activities!

Here’s some books on the Holiday Season and the different religious and cultural aspects of why this time of year is important to so many people:

Celebrate Diwali Celebrate Chinese New Year
Celebrate Christmas Celebrate Hanukkah
Celebrate Kwanzaa

That’s it for this 4mulaFun Educational Resources Round Up! What would you like to see in January??

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21 Holiday Educational Resources to Survive December

Math in Real Life during Thanksgiving

It’s the first Wednesday of December which means it’s time for our monthly linky – Math IS Real Life!! If you want to see how the linky works, or just want other real world math ideas, check out our Pinterest Board of all the posts so that you can look back and find some great ideas and REAL pictures to use in your classroom!

If you are linking up, please include the below picture AND a link back to all four of our blogs – feel free to use the 2nd image and the links listed below!



A monthly REAL WORLD math blog link-up hosted by

4mulaFun, The Teacher Studio, Teaching to Inspire in 5th, AND MissMathDork,


Every year at this time it seems as if we each are cooking and baking up a storm. I did just that last week for Thanksgiving and I had to use a bit of math in my calculations as the original servings for the recipe weren’t enough to feed the 15 guests at our table. This recipe is one of many that I have on my Paleo Recipes Pinterest board and definitely what hubby and I needed for the holidays as we are always looking for more ways to get in some protein!

Math Is Real Life during Thanksgiving

Knowing that I wanted to increase my recipe, I printed it out so I could do all of the math to double it right on the recipe. I started with cutting sweet potatoesthe four sweet potatoes that had to be cut into chunks. I will tell you that this was probably the hardest part as the sweet potatoes weren’t soft. I took time to do this the night before and just put them in the refrigerator so they could easily be prepped and cooked the next day.

making the sauce


Preparing the “sauce” was actually quite easy. I grabbed our largest sauce pan and put in the ingredients as directed. I worried that there wasn’t going to be enough for the sheer amount of sweet potatoes but it worked out great.


mixing sweet potatoesMixing up all of the sweet potatoes in the sauce pan had to be done in two different batches but it worked really well. Honestly at this point I was a bit worried about the chili powder in the recipe.


laying out the baconAfter cutting the bacon in half I filled my cutting board with bacon. I kind of got a bit competitive at this point to see how many slices of bacon I could fit on the board at a time.

rolling sweet potatoes

Rolling the sweet potatoes proved that you do need smaller chunks for the rolling on the bacon. And putting toothpicks through HARD sweet potatoes… what a chore!

preparing sweet potatoesI started lining them all up in the foil pans that we had purchased (easier to travel with- wouldn’t have used these at home) as I was assembling them. They sure didn’t look pretty at this point.

I started to then try and play with how many I could fit into each row and column hoping ot get the most area of the pan covered without wasting space, much like a game of tetris.ready to bake

I can’t stress how important flipping them over during cooking is. If you don’t you will not have crispy bacon on both sides as they will be laying in bacon grease. final outcome


Don’t forget to check out the other MIRL posts below! Check back over the next few days – more will be added!!

Currently in December

Another month is here and Farley is hosting her Currenlty once again! This month is quite fun and I hope that you will join in and link up!

December Currently

Listening: I got a little tired of waiting for it to show up on NetFlix so I just broke down and grabbed Season 3 of American Horror Story on Amazon. Yep, it’s awesome!

Loving: Hubby introduced me to these and we LOVE them. With some added peanut butter it is a perfect source of protein to start my day or to even give me some comfort food when needed,

Thinking: I am so happy to have my planner where I can mark it up with all kinds of notes on what I need to do each week. It seriously makes my life not so psychotic!

Wanting: I really am blessed to not have wants. I have my needs met and when I do want something I rationalize if I would use it enough (or if I just need to treat myself).

Needing: Yes, waking up at 7am to the Carbon Monoxide detector going off is NOT fun! I had just gotten to sleep at about 5:30am!

Giving: Yep, I’m doing 4 Weeks of Fun with 4mulaFun for all of my newsletter subscribers! You can grab today’s edition here and then subscribe to get the next weeks delivered straight to your email!

Black Friday Sales at EduCents


They’re finally here! The two biggest sale days of the year! Educents is having their Black Friday & Cyber Monday sale from November 28 – December 1st. You’ll get an EXTRA 10% off + FREE SHIPPING (in the continental US) on top of their already discounted prices! Use code 4Mula10Free at checkout to receive the discount. Check out the amazing deals below, categorized by age!

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Black Friday Blowout HERE at 4mulaFun.com

It’s that time of year for big savings and lots of goodies! Thankfully my goodies wont have you packing on the pounds ;) Keep on reading to get all the details!


Black Friday is starting early at 4mulaFun.com! All of my bundles are 40% off through Sunday! You wont find these prices anywhere else, for a very long time.


I’m feeling generous with the freebies this Holiday Season! Not only did a BRAND NEW freebie go out in today’s newsletter, but over the next four weeks I’ll have four more freebies for you! You don’t want your friends to miss out on these freebies, so tell them to subscribe now!

Who is Math Dad?

Over the past few months you may have seen a new image finding it’s way on some of my products. If you thought was just another Melondheadz you wouldn’t be completely wrong. As of this summer my father has started to work for me here at 4mulaFun. Not only is he a great dad but he is also a wonderful math teacher (I might be biased).


MathDad has been teaching since I was a Freshman in high school (1995 to be exact). He actually did his observation hours in my Eighth Grade Algebra class back in 1994. It was kind of nice getting to go home with him at the end of the day since my Algebra class was 6th period and I had some random class after that. As you can probably guess teaching wasn’t his first profession but he has always been a numbers man. He came from a background of working in finance at a few different corporations for the first 17 years after college before deciding to make the change to the classroom.


After MathDad was teaching for awhile he went back to achieve his Master’s Degree in Mathematics. I’m thinking the advanced degrees run in the family just as much as the love of numbers do because my sister (in the picture above) and I both have our Master’s Degrees as well (Library Science and Curriculum and Instruction respectively).

Over the past 19 years, MathDad has taught everything from Pre-Algebra to Calculus in the middle school and high school settings. He is now also adding college professor to his resume as he teaches math to adults in an accelerated program and loves it.

MathDad is here to stay at 4mulaFun as he helps develop materials for Algebra through Calculus. He told me this past week that after he finishes the Algebra Interactive Notebook, Pre-Calculus is next!

Feel free to email MathDad with any of your Secondary Math requests, comments, etc.


What I’m Working On: November 23rd-29th

Another week has come along and there are more goals that I plan to work on this week. Now, because it is a HOLIDAY here in the US this week, I do plan on taking some time away from the computer to spend with my family. Do you get the entire week off of school or only part of it? What are you MOST looking forward to this week?