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Christmas Around the World - La Befana

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A Christmas in Italy - The Legend of La Befana includes an engaging Reader's Theater, graphic organizers, vocabulary building activities, and more! This standards-based, holiday-themed literacy unit focuses on the Italian Christmas and Epiphany tradition of La Befana, the Christmas witch. La Befana in Italy is much like Santa Claus in the United States and other places. It is also the perfect compliment to Old Befana, the beloved book by Tomie de Paola. Because it also focuses on the holiday of Epiphany, which falls on January 6th, it could be used in your classroom after a traditional Christmas break.

This unit includes a teacher read-aloud (a secular and non-secular version), a reader’s theater play (a secular and non-secular version), expanding vocabulary practice (a matching game and worksheets), hands-on activities, differentiated lessons, stationary, and more. My students find it motivating and engaging, especially right before or after the holiday break.

This literacy unit resource includes...

READ ALOUD PASSAGES and READER's THEATER SCRIPTS
RF.2.4, RF.3.4, RF.4.4
• Read aloud passages in 2 different versions (one including religious references and one secular)
• Reader's Theater Script with a flexible number of parts - 2 different versions (one including religious references and one secular)

STORY SKILLS
RL.2.1, RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.4.1, RL.4.2
• Story Maps (2 differentiated options)
• Making Inferences (2 differentiated options)
• Alpha Sort
• Character and Me
• Story Talk Spinner
• Story Retelling Checklist
• Story Sequence Strips
• Very Important Details (3 differentiated options)
• Comprehension Check with Answer Keys
• Select Two and Respond (2 differentiated options)

VOCABULARY BUILDING ACTIVITIES
L.2.4, L.3.4, L.4.4
• Vocabulary Cards
• Vocabulary Match Game
• Vocabulary practice worksheets with Answer Keys

LITERACY CENTERS
• Word Cards to use with Dictionary Skills and ABC Order centers
• Dictionary Skills (L.2.4e, L.3.2g, L.3.4d, L.4.4c)
• ABC Order (Prerequisite skill for L.2.4e, L.3.2g, L.4.4c)
• Word Builders

WRITING PROMPTS
L.2.1, L.2.2B, L.2.3, L.3.1, L.3.2, L.3.2C, L.4.1, L.4.2
• Compare and Contrast La Befana with Santa Claus - includes prompt page, Venn Diagram, differentiated support, and 2 options for writing paper
• A Generous Spirit (pre-writing graphic organizer)
• Letter to La Befana (pre-writing graphic organizer)
• Writing Paper (primary and intermediate lined)

FULL COLOR CENTER OPTIONS
The entire product is created in ink-saving blackline versions, but I included full-color centers for teachers that would like to print and laminate to reuse.
Total Pages
75
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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