Do you need Christmas activities to keep your first grade class engaged and still learning during that last crazy week before Christmas or Winter break? This unique 5 Days Before Christmas countdown pack accomplishes just that! Inside you’ll find a roll down class chart, simple daily gifts (using inexpensive, easy to find treats) and matching math and ELA activity pages to practice and review a multitude of skills. Students use the treats to do the tasks! Includes activity pages and gift tags for both "Christmas" and "Winter" break terminology.
Have students who don’t celebrate? I’ve included a non-holiday, snowman themed version for them. Simply replace a few of the gift tags and activity pages and you’re set.
*** Also available in versions for Grade 2-3
and Grade 4.
This resource may also be helpful for higher ability Kindergarten students or second graders who need review.
On the 5 Days Before Christmas My Teacher Gave to Me...Roll down class chart with print and go chart parts
25 Activity pages with meaningful math and ELA skill practice
Booklet covers with Winter Break and Christmas Break terminology
Student gift tags using both "Christmas" and "Winter" break terminology
Special section 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 add, subtract, measure and graph. They also use them to write, work with word families, practice sight words, and many other skills listed below. I’ve included 3-4 skill filled pages for each day. Use all or pick and choose the skills you want your students to review. At the end of the 5 days, use the included cover to staple all the pages into a booklet.
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!
Literacy Skills included in the activity booklet:
Beginning, middle, end
Beginning and ending sounds
Short vowel word families
Long vowel word families with silent e
Identify and sort vowels and consonants
Read and write sight words
Read and write color words
Story map-title, author, main character
Syllable identification-1 or 2 syllables
Position words- on, under, above
Identifying a fiction or nonfiction text
Short response writing prompts
Math Skills included in the activity booklet:
Shape attributes-sides, corners
Ways to make 9
Skip counting by 5’s to 50
Addition and Subtraction Using a Ten Frame
Nonstandard measurement- adding lengths
Place value- tens and ones
Graphing-bar graph, tally chart
One more/ one less
Ten more/ten less
Be sure to download the preview for more details.
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