No matter how crazy it is, the week before Christmas vacation is one of my favorite weeks of the school year. I feel like I have more flexibility to let loose a little and have some fun with my students. I have a little Christmas tree and string some lights around the room, and I play Christmas music as students arrive and work on their morning work. However, I’ve learned that I must maintain my structure and routines or else things quickly spiral out of control. I absolutely LOVE reading Christmas books to my students, because there is just something special about that time together, so I’ve created a week long literacy unit based around five popular Christmas picture books. After years of experience with these lessons, I can confidently say that students will LOVE these Christmas activities. The books included in this unit are:
For each book there is a reading activity, a writing activity, and I’ve tried to incorporate art as much as possible. For example, students can make a snowman Venn-Diagram when reading Snowmen at Christmas, and if you’re limited on time or resources I’ve included premade activity sheets (color and black & white). There is also a brief comprehension quiz for each book.
You can find a HUGE collection of MORE Christmas ideas in this blog post. I’ve called it my Christmas Roundup!