: The Christmas holiday is right around the corner. Are you looking for a fun reading activity for the month of December? How about using this "All About December and Christmas" themed informational fact find. Your students will enjoy this fun 'fact find' style word search! If your students are like mine, they love these puzzles. Many of the facts are about the United States, so keep that in mind if purchasing. :-)
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Keep the challenge level in mind when deciding if this All About December and Christmas fact find will work for your class. Words are found forward, backward, up, down, and diagonal. I would consider it on the challenging side since students are looking for words in all directions.
This December/Christmas activity is perfect to use any time during the month. Please see the list below as to what terms this sheet covers
This is not just any 'ole puzzle. It doesn't just include words to find. It includes fun facts about December and Christmas. The format uses bullet marks, which can help your students remember the information. Within each fact, a word (or words) is underlined. Those are the words the students will find in the puzzle. For example, one sentence says, "The most popular flower used in December is the poinsettia, which has large red petals." The word underlined in the sentence is "poinsettia", and that is the word they will find.
I use word searches to introduce vocabulary, or even just give it as morning work to introduce the topic of the day. Perfect for a sub, too.
There are many options for using this word search 'fact find'. One option is to have students partner up and practice fluency. They can take turns reading the sentences. This can be used for a writing activity. Have them take the facts from the puzzle and turn them into a paragraph, changing out some of the words to make it their own. Parents can work with their child to find the words.They can even fold it in half and glue it into an interactive notebook for future reference. No matter when or how you use it, kids are sure to enjoy reading the fun facts about December and Christmas. Feel free to be creative and use it in your classroom however you would like.
The December and Christmas words included in the word search are:
**Please note that there are other events/holidays/important days in history for December and Christmas, but these are the ones included on the search.
December (12th month)
Winter (season in northern hemisphere)
turquoise (plus zircon and tanzanite-birthstones)
Read (National Read a Book Month)
Cookie (4th National Cookie Day
Alabama (first state to declare Christmas a holiday)
cards (number sold for holidays)
trees (how long they grow)
artificial (most popular)
packaging (waste created by holiday trash)
Animal Crackers (to hang on tree)
FACT FINDS you will like:
Maps and Globes
December and Christmas
Non-Fiction Text Structure
Candy Canes and Christmas Cards
New Year's and January
Winter and Snow
Martin Luther King, Jr.
100th Day of School
Nonfiction Text Features
Black History Month
St. Patrick's Day
March and Spring
Pie in America (incorporate into Pi Day)
Cinco de Mayo
Back to School
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