Introducing a writing activity with a story, grabs my kiddos attention, stimulates their imaginations, and gets them excited to get down to the business of writing.
"Who’ll Pull Santa’s Sleigh Tonight?" by Laura Rader, is a personal favorite of my students, and was the inspiration behind this class book writing activity.
The reindeer have all come down with a cold, so Santa holds auditions for replacement animals, with some outrageous and funny results.
To practice more standards, I like to read a similar story, so that my students can compare and contrast them.
A Venn diagram activity, as well as a graphing extension are also included in the packet.
Our comparison story is, "Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight?" by Jerry Pallotta. It's an adorable “go along”, with awesome illustrations!
In this story, the reindeer are not sick, as the tale starts at the beginning, before Santa thought about reindeer for the job.
Many silly scenarios are presented, as different animals try out for the job.
From skunks, kangaroos and giraffes, to monkeys, mice and even snakes, your kiddos will get lots of ideas of who should pull Santa’s sleigh.
To make a class book, simply run off the writing prompt page, which children write and illustrate, then collect, collate and add one of the covers.
I also thought it would be fun to have students name their sleigh-pulling team.
For added silliness, I made my team of bears alliterative: "On Bailey, Brownie, Barry, Bernie, Baxter, Beauty, Buster, Ben and Betsy!"
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, I know your kiddos will enjoy these stories, and hope that the pages of your class book, are as hilarious as ours.
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