Combine your students' love of ocean animals and Santa by using this fun Christmas toy inference activity that targets peer interactions, "who" questions, and understanding of object functions with letters to Santa! Pairs perfectly with the song, "Santa Shark," too, for even more fun!
Included are two sets of the same activity- one for a whole group circle time lesson for up to 15 students, and one modified for individual or small group therapy, up to 4 students.
In this activity, your students will listen to letters to Santa from the ocean animals, find the correct gifts based on the description in the letters, and give that gift to the correct classmate/peer.
WHOLE GROUP/CIRCLE TIME:
The whole group instruction set includes 15 different ocean animal characters, with 2 letters/envelopes per each animal (thus, each student will get to take 2 turns and will receive 2 items).
Each student chooses an animal. (I tape mine to popsicle sticks for easy holding, but this isn’t necessary). One at a time, your students pull an envelope from the mailbox. You can work on “who” questions by asking “who” the letter is from (the animal in the corner). Read the letter, have your student determine what the clue is talking about, find the right gift, and deliver it to their peer who is holding that animal. See the preview for more detailed information!
INDIVIDUAL/SMALL GROUP THERAPY:
Includes 4 different characters/animals, with 9 letters/envelopes per animal (thus, with 4, each student will get to take 9 turns and will receive 9 items). Ideas for how to play with fewer than 4 students is included in the preview/download.
Students will each pull out a letter, solve the clue, and deliver the right gifts to their peers!