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This printable or digital 5 Day Countdown to Winter break is full of winter-themed reading, writing, math, crafts and other fun activities. Many of these activities can now be accessed or assigned digitally through Google Slides.

These are the 5 secular, non-holiday themes you will find in our 5 Day Classroom Countdown to Winter Break!

•Gingerbread Day

•Kindness Day

•Penguin Day

•Reindeer Day

•Snow Day

Impress your principal, parents, and even yourself as students engage in both fun and learning right up until the last bell rings before your Winter break! Make the most of those last 5 days of school, and give yourself a well-deserved teacher break before the break.

All teachers know the last week before Winter Break is difficult. Students are distracted with their anticipation for the break, so teachers want activities to be engaging yet educational. This year, you can have a balance of both fun and learning!  With these non-holiday, Classroom Countdown to Winter Break Lesson Plans, students will be racing to school, excited for what each new day has to offer.

Each day’s lesson plan includes:

  • a reading and writing activity with differentiated pages
  • math activities with differentiated pages
  • a variety of other fun and educational suggestions to match the daily theme

You will receive these digital resources:

  • A link to daily themed student work pages, digitally created in Google Slides
  • A video tutorial for assigning through Google Slides.

***Google slides graphic organizers have text boxes for students to type and occasional moveable pieces.

Please note: The digital activities are not meant to be assigned as stand-alone, self-directed student activities. The activities will still require teachers to provide guidance, instruction and direction prior to assigning to students. Please take this into consideration before purchasing.

To prepare for the each of the 5 Day Countdown lessons, you will need some type of container to store each day’s materials. We purchased nesting boxes, then taped the daily labels onto the side. Also consider manila envelopes, file folders, or shirt boxes.

We've included a suggested list of read-aloud books for each day, however- the books are not included. Check your local or school library, or most books can be purchased online or in Scholastic’s book club orders.  Of course, you can always choose your own book titles that go along with the daily theme.

Also available for grades 1-3.

★★We also offer our most popular 12 Days of Christmas Activities in the Classroom ★★

If you already own the 12 Days of Christmas Activities in the Classroom, please know that these activities overlap with that resource so you do not need to purchase both!

Detailed Description of Contents:

(Also visit our blog for more details on the 5 Day Classroom Countdown to Winter Break)

Gingerbread Day

Literature Read-Aloud

Story Map and Compare/Contrast Writing Prompt

Create your Own Gingerbread Story

Create your Own Gingerbread Man Craftivity

Scavenger Hunt

Roll-a-Gingerbread Man Activity

Math- Gingerbread Symmetry, Place Value practice page, and Guess My Number Game

Class Gingerbread-making Project

Gingerbread Dough

Kindness Day

Literature Read-Aloud

Lessons Learned or Sequencing response to reading sheet

Brainstorming Acts of Kindness

Acts of Kindness Color Sheet and Certificate

Acts of Kindness Pass-Along Cards

Kind Hands Craft

Kindness Alphabet book

Kindness Subtraction Game and Subtraction review pages

Penguin Day

Reading Informational Text

Writing Informational Text

Literature Read-Aloud and Literature activities

Math- Missing Addends or Unknown Factors sheets, Goodbye Penguins Addition game, Guess my Number/Factor game

Penguin Bingo

Penguin Art

Reindeer Day

Draw-to-Learn Activity

Reading Informational Reindeer Text and Note Taking

Writing Informational Reindeer Text

Reindeer ABC Order

Math- Addition or Multiplication 4 in a Row, Story problems

Reindeer Cup Craftivity

Reindeer Thumbprint Postcard

Snow Day

Snowflakes Facts Text

My Snowflake Report Writing

Snowman Fraction worksheet and Quiz-Quiz-Trade game

Paper Snowball Fight

Snowflake Crafts

Literature or Informational Read-Aloud and Graphic Organizer

Snowman Glyph

We offer a 10 Days Until Summer Survival Kit which is similar to this pack. Kits are available for grades grades 1-2, grades 3-4 and grades 5-6.

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