Delight your second and third grade class with these fun and unique Christmas activities and countdown gifts that will keep them engaged and still learning as they count down the last 5 days before Christmas or winter break! Based on my wildly popular 5 Days Before Summer Break, your class will love this roll down anchor chart and simple daily gifts with matching Christmas math and ELA activities. Students use the treats to do the tasks! Have students who don’t celebrate? I’ve included a non-holiday, winter themed version so all students can participate.
Inside you’ll find chart parts to make the countdown class chart (plus projectable versions if you're short on time) daily gift tags, and 30 matching activity pages for students to practice a multitude of math and language arts skills. Includes both "Christmas Break" and "Winter Break" terminology as well as a version with alternative, snowman themed activity pages, chart parts, booklet cover, and gift tags for students who don’t celebrate Christmas or holidays.
Here’s How it Works:
Each day during the last week before break, roll down the class chart to reveal the gift of the day. Surprise your students with a fun treat and matching activity pages. Students use the treats to do the tasks!
Includes 3-4 skill filled pages for each day. Use all or pick and choose the skills you want your students to review.
No time for fancy? No worries! Skip the chart and the gift tags and copy the activity pages. Pass out the daily treat on a paper towel so students can complete the tasks.
Here’s what happened in my classroom...
T’was the 5 days before Christmas and all through the school
My sugar plums were dancing and testing the rules!
I knew that I needed to reign them all in,
But assessments weren't done, so I thought with a grin,
I’ll surprise them with gifts each day of the week,
I’ll keep it a secret and won’t let them peek!
But not just a gift, I thought with a wink,
I’ll make tasks to go with them so they’ll have to think!
They’ll be reading and writing and having such fun,
That I surely will get my assessments all done!
ELA Skills included in the activity pages:
Nouns, verbs, adjectives
Comparing with –er and -est
Base words and endings
Long vowel teams
Long and short vowels
Fact and opinion
Identifying features of a fiction and nonfiction text
Mini-narratives writing prompts
Math Skills included in the activity pages:
Partitioning shapes and simple fractions
Ways to make 9
Comparing and adding lengths
Graphing-bar graph, tally chart, line plot
Be sure to see the preview for more details.
**Also available for the 5 Days Before Summer Break for Grades K-4
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You may also enjoy these other holiday resources:
Gingerbread reading unit with 9-lesson teaching Power Point, centers, writing & crafts
Perfect for a gingerbread man exchange!