Balanced Literacy and Crafts with Jan Brett Holiday Stories

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K - 2nd, Homeschool
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The entire packet provides activities found in the Common Core Standards under English and Language Arts to provide for a week of Balanced Literacy.

Math Games have been added to each story.

This packet features four of my favorite Jan Brett Holiday Stories:

The Wild Christmas Reindeer

Christmas Trolls

Home for Christmas

Who's Knocking on Christmas Eve?


Six graphic organizers on trolls, the hedgehog and reindeer

Seven writing pages for opinion, narrative and informational writing

Student edit page

Teacher rubric for assessment

Guided Reading:

Christmas Trolls-Story recall, setting and character building

Home for Christmas - Sequencing animals and story events

Wild Christmas Reindeer - Cause and effect

Who's Knocking - Problem identification, event recall

One compare and contrast sheet to work with the stories read

Word Work:

Christmas Trolls - Nouns, verbs and adjectives, vocabulary cards, sentence practice using parts of speech

Home for Christmas - Singular and plural, vocabulary cards, sentence practice with singular and plural

Wild Christmas Reindeer - Opposites, vocabulary cards, sentence practice

Who's Knocking - Contractions, vocabulary cards, sentence practice


Enjoy making a Christmas Gnome

Troll "page topper" for writing


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110 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.


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