This Depth and Complexity Christmas Activity Pack is perfect if you're looking for a fabulous selection of Christmas activities that use the Depth & Complexity framework. This Depth and Complexity Christmas Activity Pack has language arts, social studies, math, and science activities, all in one great resource. You'll find Christmas writing prompts, fiction and non-fiction pieces to read, Depth and Complexity frames to complete, a Christmas Around the World mini-book and more! Of course there is a digital version included for use with Google Classroom™!
If you like using Depth and Complexity, you're going to love thisDepth and Complexity Christmas Activity Pack.
What you get in this Christmas Depth and Complexity Activity Pack:
➡️Four short-answer writing prompts
➡️A short Christmas fairy tale in two versions to analyze with a list of Depth and Complexity questions
➡️A second, more challenging short story with a page of questions
➡️Those same questions in a printable task card format
➡️An original non-fiction four-page section on Christmas around the world, featuring four countries: Australia, Italy, Mexico, and Sweden
➡️A Christmas Around the World mini-book for students to create in both color and black and white
➡️A more challenging non-fiction piece about the Christmas Truce of 1914. All of the non-fiction writing is original and written by Lisa Van Gemert.
➡️Three different images for image analysis with different Depth and Complexity questions for each image
➡️Three Depth and Complexity Christmas frames - one focusing on Christmas trees, one a poem analysis, and one an image analysis
➡️Four levels of Christmas math activities addressing 4th - 7th grade standards, including
→ Christmas computation
→ temperature data analysis
→ plotting points on a coordinate plane (both single- and four-quadrant planes)
→ order of operations practice
→ calculating area of a circle given the radius or diameter
➡️Santa science - explore Santa's tundra biome with text, images, analysis questions, and two versions of a tundra crossword
➡️A link to copy all appropriate activities into your own Google Drive!
You may use any or all of the activities. Mix and match!
With this Depth and Complexity Christmas Activity Pack, you will find it incredibly easy to have students engage in high-level thinking activities and practice critical skills while celebrating Christmas.
If you've been looking for a quality Christmas activity to use with students, this is the answer!
Ideas for using the Christmas Depth and Complexity Activity Pack
✨ Centers or learning stations
✨ Whole group class experiences
✨ Small group instruction or activities
✨ In-person or virtual learning (especially perfect for blended learning classrooms)
You will find it incredibly easy to have students engage in high-level thinking activities and practice critical skills while enjoying the Christmas season.
What teachers just like you are saying about this Christmas Activity Pack!
"As always, this Gifted Guru product did not disappoint! My students have really enjoyed discussing the nonfiction text “The Day the War Stood Still." Several were quickly able to connect the experiences of soldiers during this event with their own experiences during Covid. I’m looking forward to seeing their responses to the writing prompts! Thanks for creating excellent curriculum!" - Wanda T.
"This was perfect to add holiday fun but with the depth and complexity that my gifted students need." - Donna K.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Do I have to be a Depth and Complexity expert to use this? Absolutely not! You can have students ignore the Depth & Complexity symbols if you like, or you can mention that it's a way to think deeply about something. You can dive right in to the Framework if you like. No matter what you choose to do, the resource will work for you.
- I read in the reviews that teachers didn't have time to do all of the activities in the Christmas Depth and Complexity Activity Pack. There are so many options! There is no need to do them all, so no pressure. Because there are Christmas Depth and Complexity activities from all four core content areas, there is more than you could use in one year unless you're having different students work on different pieces. All pieces work perfectly alone or in combination, so feel comfortable using whatever you like.
- What about my students who don't celebrate Christmas? I've got you covered on this, too. Because this is an analytical resource, the Christmas activities are about the thinking students are doing. No student will feel left out or marginalized. You can also focus on the Depth & Complexity Christmas activities that are less holiday-centric, like the science of the Arctic tundra!
Like Depth and Complexity? Like celebrating holidays with high-quality activities? Check out:
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⭐ Depth and Complexity Digital Frames for use with Google Slides™/Classroom™
✔️This product assumes familiarity with the Depth & Complexity framework, but if you don't use it, you can just ignore the symbols.
✔️There are two pages of special helps for using the resource in Google Classroom™. Not all of the pages are in the Google Slides version because they're teacher resources or black and white versions.
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