These activities were designed to be used either as whole class activities or to be used by individuals who are advanced/gifted/ talented and need differentiation or students who often or always complete their work before their classmates. Most of the activities reinforce language arts skills. All of the activities promote fluency, flexibility, elaboration, and originality. The thirteen activities are:
1. ‘Merry Christmas, Friends!’ Words – Students identify words that can be made using letters in ‘Merry Christmas, Friends!’ . Students earn points for words and longer words earn more points.
2. Christmas Idioms - Students can play an idiom card-matching memory game OR draw pictures of the literal meanings of idioms and then provide the actual meaning.
3. Christmas Tree Logic – Students use analysis and deductive reasoning to solve a logic matrix problem.
4. Christmas Anagrams – Students unscramble words and phrases to identify Christmas-related words.
5. Christmas Scattergories – Like the regular Scattergories game except all category answers need to be related, in some way, to Christmas.
6. Thoughts About Christmas – Students use fluency, flexibility, elaboration, and originality to record their thoughts about questions related to Christmas.
7. Christmas Hink Pinks – Students use analysis, word knowledge and references (dictionary, thesaurus, and rhyming dictionaries) to identify rhyming word pairs that match a definition.
8. Thoughts About Candy Canes – Students use fluency, flexibility, elaboration, and originality to record their thoughts about questions related to candy canes.
9. Christmas Tree Word Ladders – Students use analysis, spelling, and word knowledge to determine a series of words that change by one letter with each step.
10. Christmas Category Sort - Students use fluency and flexibility to sort dozens of Christmas-related words into categories.
11. Merry Christmas Words – Students use analysis, reasoning, word and spelling knowledge to identify words that are “hidden” in ‘Merry Christmas.’
12.Christmas Listing - Students use fluency, flexibility, and out-of the box thinking to think of and list words that fit into Christmas-related categories.
BONUS: Christmas Riddle Match - Students use critical thinking to match riddle questions to their answers OR play a Christmas riddle memory match game.