How Holidays Are Made and Other Christmas Science Lessons

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Our Christmas studies have been going well.  We’ve been covering Christmas themed Bible, social studies, math, foreign language, music and language arts lessons since the beginning of December.  However,  science studies have been lacking.  For our final week of learning of the semester, we’ll be focusing on science but will still be keeping our Christmas theme.

How It’s Made is a science discovery site which features short videos.  Here your family can watch how glass ornaments, artificial trees, and candy canes are made.  http://www.sciencechannel.com/search/?q=how+it%27s+made+christmas

Made How is a “new to me” site.  While exploring there, I found helpful articles  explaining the background, materials, design, and manufacturing of  popular holiday items.  This site doesn’t have an index or search bar, so I’ve linked to each item individually below.

Candles  http://www.madehow.com/Volume-1/Candle.html

Bells http://www.madehow.com/Volume-2/Bell.html

Artificial Snow  http://www.madehow.com/Volume-4/Artificial-Snow.html

Fruit Cake http://www.madehow.com/Volume-4/Fruitcake.html

Model Trains  http://www.madehow.com/Volume-4/Model-Train.html

Glass Ornaments  http://www.madehow.com/Volume-5/Glass-Ornament.html

Greeting Cards  http://www.madehow.com/Volume-5/Greeting-Card.html

Holiday Lights  http://www.madehow.com/Volume-5/Holiday-Lights.html

Nutcrackers  http://www.madehow.com/Volume-5/Nutcracker.html

Wrapping Paper  http://www.madehow.com/Volume-6/Wrapping-Paper.html

Candy Canes  http://www.madehow.com/Volume-7/Candy-Cane.html

Batteries http://www.madehow.com/Volume-1/Battery.html

A Vintage Educational Film from the 1950’s Tour of a Toy Factory http://thedailytour.blogspot.com/2013/01/mattel-toy-company-factory-tour-1950s.html

For other science related Christmas themes:

My friend, Fran, has some great ideas and links for adding reindeer (animal science) to Christmas themed studies  http://www.franw.com/2013/12/reindeer-games-and-activities.html

12 Days of Science – a brief science lesson with an activity (these are good lessons)  http://www.thescientificmom.com/2013/12/the-twelve-days-of-science-day-1-candy.html

Winter Solstice lesson plans  http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson094.shtml

Evergreen Tree resource connections  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/trees.php

Arctic and Inuit Unit Study with Lapbook Printables   https://www.tinasdynamichomeschoolplus.com/science/arctic-inuit-unit-study/

Polar Animals Lapbook Printables   http://www.homeschoolshare.com/polar_animals_lapbook.php

Interactive Chemistry Advent Calendar – http://www.compoundchem.com/2014advent/

Sing-along to Physics and Chemistry Carols  http://www.examiner.com/article/sing-physics-and-chemistry-carols-with-the-kids-updated-with-more-songs

20 Christmas Science Experiments  http://www.science-sparks.com/2013/11/23/christmas-science/

Christmas Science Experiment Videos                                                   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhgK74tFscGVmYTUbX0QWhDMTkeIlo1mO

A terrific last minute gift idea – DIY Science Kit-  http://gluesticksblog.com/2010/12/super-science-kit-christmas-gift-idea.html

I hope you’re enjoying the holiday studies in your homes as well!

Merry Science,

betty jo

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5 thoughts on “How Holidays Are Made and Other Christmas Science Lessons

    1. Betty Jo Post author

      Fran, it is fun to learn how things are made! I’m glad you can use the resources. Thanks to you, too. The reindeer links are a good science study.

      Reply
  1. Betty Jo Post author

    Reblogged this on Still Learning Something New and commented:

    As I was preparing our Christmas season lesson plans, I checked this post from last year to see what I already had and WOW! There’s several we didn’t cover last year. This is going to make it easy. All the links seem to still be working.

    Reply
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