Are you looking for library centers to engage your students in December? Check out these low-cost and no-cost December library centers!
We librarians know that books are the greatest gifts of all, right? Try creating book bundles for your students, or with your students! Bundle up related books (fiction and non-fiction) and tie them with ribbon! If you’re part of our Learning Librarians Facebook group, you saw Susan Hanlon share this idea there, and she gave me permission to share with you here!
She used sheer ribbon from the dollar store because it was easy to tie: 4 rolls of about 5 yards each made 20 bundles, tied on both sides. This will help your students work on their OPAC and searching skills as they make book bundles for other students to check out. She put the book bundles on display for second through fifth grade to check out. Brilliant, right?
Mel at Graphics from the Pond shared these cute printable Christmas cards for your students to color!
Click here to see the blog post where she shares the free printable! I know that many of my students don’t have money to buy cards or gifts for their friends and family. They will appreciate the chance to make something to give.
Free QR Code Listening Center
If you’ve got iPads and headphones, print out these QR codes for December listening centers, including Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanzaa stories. The QR codes link to video read-alouds on Safe Share.
Holiday Coloring Pages
My students have enjoyed these intricate Holiday Coloring pages–free printables from Rachel Lynette!
Here’s the link to the sign I use at my coloring centers. I put erasable colored pencils out at this center, instead of the Twistable crayons we normally use to color. The fine points and erasability are perfect for these detailed designs! (affiliate link)
Word Choice with Holiday Songs
I saw this idea in a tweet from SES Media Center, and I love it!
5th grade students rewriting Frosty the Snowman using a thesaurus. pic.twitter.com/gkTXw7GQZB
— SES Media Center (@SES_Media1) December 15, 2017
You can print the lyrics to holiday songs, then ask your students to replace some of the words with synonyms. I like Kids Wordsmyth for a good online dictionary and thesaurus. Students can use iPads (and a green screen, if you’ve got one) to film themselves singing (or reading) the revised holiday song!
You could also do this activity as a whole group. Cut apart the lyrics and have partners work together to revise a line or two of the song, then put them all together for the group to sing. Now you’ve got some collaboration going on!
What Gift Can You Give?
One of my favorite quick and easy library centers involves butcher paper, markers, and a writing prompt. For December, ask your students what gift they could give someone that doesn’t cost any money.
Click here to download this printable PDF sign. I usually write one or two ideas on the blank paper, to help students understand the prompt and the size that their writing should be.
Library Learners on Facebook
Have you “liked” my Library Learners Facebook page? That’s where I share ideas on a regular basis, when I don’t have time to write a full blog post. See you there! And happy holidays!