December Discovery Classes

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Through reading clues and using logic, students will solve the ugly Christmas sweater logic puzzle! Everyone is encouraged to dress in their ugliest Christmas sweater!

The Case of the Missing Santa Claus begins with a letter from Bernard the Elf. In his letter to the students, he expresses his worry that he has lost all communication with Santa. Bernard the Elf will lead students through several fun and engaging Science investigations where the students will ultimately solve The Case of the Missing Santa Claus.

Ring in the holidays with an Elf-Catching STEM event!  The holidays are just around the corner, and there’s no better way to start them off than by catching your very own holiday elf!

This is a fun and educational writing activity for students to complete aroundChristmas. Students must interview a Christmas character and write about a “Day
in the Life of…”. Students could interview one of Santa’s elves, Santa, Mrs. Claus,
a gingerbread man, a nutcracker, Rudolph, the Grinch, Olive—the other reindeer, etc…

This class will be jam packed with holiday fun! Students will use cookies to explore ratios and proportions AND decorate yummy holiday cookies!


Do your students have trouble finding text evidence to support their answers to basic comprehension questions? After reading short seasonal passages (fiction and non-fiction), your students will underline the textual evidence that answers each basic comprehension question using a simple color-code.


Do you need some FUN science activities to do before Winter Break? These festive science labs are engaging, educational, and the best science lessons your students will have this December!

Come learn about the history of all things peppermint seen at the holidays! Enjoy making peppermint confections, crafts and ornaments!

How Many Sleeps till Christmas? Enjoy a picture book, practice calendar skills and work on a craftivity while creating the perfect festive countdown!

Have fun learning all about Penguins while teaching a variety of literacy and math skills.

Learn how to paint like the one and only Bob Ross! Let’s paint some gentle clouds, happy little trees and more! Join us for some fun while we watch an episode of The Joy of Painting and paint along with Bob Ross! All materials are included. Participants are encouraged to come dressed as Bob Ross!

Known in Scandinavia as Tomte, these adorable gnomes make a great no-sew holiday  decoration! Create a festive gnome of your very own! All materials included.

Join a Zoom Renaissance Holiday Dance Party. Learn dance moves to your favorite holiday songs to get you into the Holiday Spirit.

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. The worldwide Hour of Code events take place each year during Computer Science Education Week and is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).

Participants will need a tablet, laptop or other device to participate in this class. ACES has some laptops available, if needed.

Students will practice tessellations to create a uniquely designed Christmas tree with this fun holiday themed math-activity.

Students will work with pencil and paper or physical manipulatives to learn fundamentals of computer science without the need for electronic devices. These are intentionally placed kinesthetic opportunities that help students digest complicated concepts in ways that relate to their own lives. Unplugged lessons are particularly useful for building and maintaining a collaborative learning environment, and they are useful touchstone experiences to build upon when introducing more abstract concepts.

Can you complete this STEAM challenge? Can you get all the shapes to fit onto the board? Challenge! Work with a partner or small group to place all the Tetris shapes into a draw pile and shuffle. Take a piece at random to place on the board. Can you still get them all to fit?

Who will be the first to help Santa down the chimney to deliver the presents!?! Using a combination of math, logic and luck, participants will complete a math challenge using dice and strategy to win the game!

Students will work collaboratively to complete a creative writing activity where the stories are shared among the writers in the form of paper snowballs!

This Holiday STEM class is perfect to engage your student engineers in December! Projects will include such builds as Tallest Tree, Shelf for the Elf and more!

Students will take an active role reading, acting, writing and solving the mystery at the ugly Christmas party! Bring your lunch. Dessert will be served to the party goers!

Learn about traditions, gift givers, foods, songs, and celebrations from around the world.

All food will be to take home, there will be no eating in in-person classes. All materials will be provided.

Did you know that December 12th is National Gingerbread Day? Celebrate with a gingerbread themed class! We’ll read aloud a classic gingerbread story, do some gingerbread activities and decorate a yummy gingerbread baby to take home!

A special holiday event designed just for the kids!

Join Miss Megan for a musical evening of winter fun! Students will enjoy song writing, caroling with instrument play, and even an indoor snow ball fight!