Christmas Reading Activities - 12 Days of Christmas Read-Alouds

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These reading activities for 12 popular Christmas picture books are perfect for December! Each book has a few reading response activities to target different reading comprehension skills.

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Fill December with fun while covering many Common-Core reading comprehension and writing standards!

This pack includes comprehension and writing activities for 12 popular Christmas books.

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**UPDATED 11/13 to include two more books!**

*NEW: The Polar Express* by Chris Van Allsburg

-Sequencing craft (DIFFERENTIATED)

-"If I went to the North Pole" 5 senses and writing

*NEW: Mooseltoe* by Margie Palatini

-Identifying Story Elements (DIFFERENTIATED)

-Descriptive writing- students decorate their own "Christmoose" and write a descriptive essay.

-Math- Tally and graph about their Christmoose tree

*If You Take a Mouse to the Movies* by Laura Numeroff

-Sequencing-cut and glue activity (DIFFERENTIATED)

-Character analysis- character web

-Circle Story genre

*There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell* by Lucille Colandro

-Sequencing- "old lady" puppet with sequence picture cards, plus cut and glue sheet

-Evaluating- students evaluate ending

-Comprehension questions sheet

*There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow* by Lucille Colandro

-Sequencing- cut and glue

-Compare/Contrast- Venn diagram (DIFFERENTIATED)

*The Hat* by Jan Brett


-Cause and Effect: (DIFFERENTIATED)

*The Gingerbread Man* by Jim Aylesworth


-Story Elements (DIFFERENTIATED)

-Art: create your own gingerbread man

*The Gingerbread Baby* by Jan Brett

-Compare/Contrast: Venn diagram (DIFFERENTIATED)


-Art: create a house for your gingerbread man

*A New Improved Santa* by Patricia Rae Wolff

-Comprehension questions: (DIFFERENTIATED)

-Evaluating: draw/write about a favorite part

-Creative Writing: Students design a new look for Santa

*Olive, the Other Reindeer* by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh

-Cause and Effect (DIFFERENTIATED)

-Creative writing: "I would make a good reindeer because. . . "

-Art- Reindeer craft to display writing

*Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas* by Jane O'Connor

-Making Connections: Students draw/write about a text-to-self connection

-Vocabulary: Pocket chart activity- students match vocabulary word with meaning

*The Mitten* by Jan Brett

-Predicting: Students predict story ending, then record actual ending.

-Sequencing: Color and B&W pictures for retelling the story, along with a recording sheet

-Art: Students draw other things that can blend in the snow

Most appropriate for grades 1-2, but many activities are differentiated, so there is at least 1 activity per book that can be used in Kindergarten.

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The 12 Days of Christmas Centers Mega-Pack


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.


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