These reading activities for 12 popular Christmas picture books are perfect for December! Each book has a few reading response activities to target different reading comprehension skills.
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Fill December with fun while covering many Common-Core reading comprehension and writing standards!
This pack includes comprehension and writing activities for 12 popular Christmas books.
**UPDATED 11/13 to include two more books!**
*NEW: The Polar Express* by Chris Van Allsburg
-Sequencing craft (DIFFERENTIATED)
-“If I went to the North Pole” 5 senses and writing
*NEW: Mooseltoe* by Margie Palatini
-Identifying Story Elements (DIFFERENTIATED)
-Descriptive writing- students decorate their own “Christmoose” and write a descriptive essay.
-Math- Tally and graph about their Christmoose tree
*If You Take a Mouse to the Movies* by Laura Numeroff
-Sequencing-cut and glue activity (DIFFERENTIATED)
-Character analysis- character web
-Circle Story genre
*There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell* by Lucille Colandro
-Sequencing- “old lady” puppet with sequence picture cards, plus cut and glue sheet
-Evaluating- students evaluate ending
-Comprehension questions sheet
*There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow* by Lucille Colandro
-Sequencing- cut and glue
-Compare/Contrast- Venn diagram (DIFFERENTIATED)
*The Hat* by Jan Brett
-Cause and Effect: (DIFFERENTIATED)
*The Gingerbread Man* by Jim Aylesworth
-Story Elements (DIFFERENTIATED)
-Art: create your own gingerbread man
*The Gingerbread Baby* by Jan Brett
-Compare/Contrast: Venn diagram (DIFFERENTIATED)
-Art: create a house for your gingerbread man
*A New Improved Santa* by Patricia Rae Wolff
-Comprehension questions: (DIFFERENTIATED)
-Evaluating: draw/write about a favorite part
-Creative Writing: Students design a new look for Santa
*Olive, the Other Reindeer* by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh
-Cause and Effect (DIFFERENTIATED)
-Creative writing: “I would make a good reindeer because. . . ”
-Art- Reindeer craft to display writing
*Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas* by Jane O’Connor
-Making Connections: Students draw/write about a text-to-self connection
-Vocabulary: Pocket chart activity- students match vocabulary word with meaning
*The Mitten* by Jan Brett
-Predicting: Students predict story ending, then record actual ending.
-Sequencing: Color and B&W pictures for retelling the story, along with a recording sheet
-Art: Students draw other things that can blend in the snow
Most appropriate for grades 1-2, but many activities are differentiated, so there is at least 1 activity per book that can be used in Kindergarten.
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