This resource can be used with a reading of "Christmas with Rita and Whatsit", but also could mostly stand alone on its own. The products in this resource are great for those days leading up to the winter holidays, because they are Christmas themed. However, they also help reinforce or introduce skills and objectives that students should meet from Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Answer keys are included where they apply.
Included are the following posters for literary centers that go along with an activity or hand out that students can turn in, as well as some math activities for math centers:
- - Write a letter to Santa as one's self, Whatsit, or another animal/pet.
- - Do you like this book? Write a letter telling the author what you liked.
- - If you thought this book could be improved, what do you think the author could have done to make this book better? Write a letter.
- - Did you like the illustrations in this book? Write a letter to the illustrator to tell them how much you enjoyed the graphics.
- - A fill in the blank letter template
- - Whatsit had his own list of Christmas wishes. Imagine at least 3 other things he might have wished for, and list them as if you are Whatsit.
- - Imagine an animal other than a dog, and what it would want for Christmas. List 4 things it might put on its Christmas wish list.
- - Decorate a Christmas Tree Like an animal, other than a dog might do.
- - Use the Christmas tree-shaped paper as your tree, draw your ornaments, and cut and paste them to the tree.
- - Imagine another animal, other than a dog. How might it decorate a tree? List 3 things it might use to decorate a Christmas tree.
- - Rita makes a no-bake Christmas cake with cocoa and canned pumpkin. Imagine what might go in the recipe and write it out.
- - Rita makes a no-bake Christmas cake with cocoa and canned pumpkin. What is YOUR favorite Christmas recipe? Think of something to cook up or bake and write out your own recipe.
- - Imagine Whatsit baking or cooking up his own favorite Christmas recipe. What do you think it would be? Write out an imaginary Whatsit recipe.
- - Imagine being another animal besides a dog, and cooking up your favorite Christmas recipe. What do you think it would be? Write out an imaginary recipe.
- - Step by step instructions for writing out a recipe.
- - Recipe paper.
- - Whatsit howls “Silent Night” while Rita conducts in their special private concert.
If you could choose any favorite Christmas song what would it be?Why is that your favorite Christmas song?
- - Instead of putting out just one stocking, Rita likes to think big. So she puts out all of her shoes as well. If you were Santa, would you put things in her stocking AND her shoes? Why or why not?
- - What would you put in Rita’s stocking? Draw some items and cut and paste them to the Christmas stocking.
- - Christmas Stocking Template
- - Uh oh! Whatsit ate Santa’s snack as well as the carrots for the reindeer. What do you think he stole? Draw the items on the plate below.
- - What do you do to help you fall asleep on Christmas night? Write your ideas below.
- - On Christmas Eve, Whatsit is reading a book in bed, trying to go to sleep.
What kind of books do you think he reads. List them below.
- - More Christmas presents are under the tree than what Rita and Whatsit imagined.
All except for one gift: a hug. You can give others a hug for Christmas as well.
Use the hug graphic below.
- - Hug Graphic, and instructions (this works well for a card to give anyone).
- - Rita and Whatsit find all kinds of Christmas presents under the tree.
The only one not under the tree is a big hug between Rita and Whatsit.
What makes hugs special? Do you think they are more special than gifts under the tree? Why or why not?
- - Do you think Christmas with Rita and Whatsit was a good title for this book? Why or why not? If you think there could be a better title what would you call the book, and why?
- - Rita and Whatsit get really busy in this book. So there are a lot of verbs. Look at the sentences below. Color the subjects red, and the verbs green.
- - Rita and Whatsit already did some things in the story. Some things, they are doing right now, and other things they will do in the future. Verbs are action words, and they can be in the past, present, or future tense. Color code the verbs in the sentences below as past, present, or future. Past tense should be red, present tense should be yellow, and future tense should be green.
- - Don’t forget to add the correct end punctuation to sentences. A period (.) goes at the end of a regular sentence. A question mark (?) goes at the end of a question. An exclamation mark (!) goes at the end of a sentence showing excitement or emotion.
Practice adding the correct punctuation mark to the following sentences.
- - Odd and Even Numbers Mystery Coloring Sheet
- - Count by 2's coloring activity
- - Count by 5's coloring activity
- - Count by 10's coloring activity
The following learning objectives are met through the use of this resource:
1) Identify the information that different parts of a book provide, including the title, author, and illustrator.
2) Identify words that name actions (verbs) and words that name persons, places, or things (nouns).
3) Identify verb tenses of past, present, and future.
4) Recognize and use punctuation marks at the end of declarative, exclamatory, and interrogative sentences.
5) Write short letters that put ideas in logical sequence and use appropriate conventions (date, salutation, closing).
6) Write brief comments on literary texts.
7) Use capitalization for proper nouns, salutations.
8) Determine whether a number up to 40 is even or odd.
9) Count by 2's, 5's, and 10's.