This collection of four guided reading activities, aimed at 10 and 11 year olds, tests children’s comprehension, retrieval, inference and deduction skills. It will also promote engaging classroom discussion as children get excited about Christmas!
This is ideal as a filler activity - but with the comfort of knowing that it will help to boost your child's reading skills in the manic build up to the festive season!
Did you know that the origins of Santa go back to the 4th Century? Delve into the history of this character, and see how his modern image has come into being.
The Christmas Tree
Explore this tradition and discover how this has evolved through the ages. Find out about famous trees, and discover some amazing facts and figures.
The Christmas Truce
The remarkable story of how British and German soldiers celebrated Christmas together in 1914.
Christmas at the Movies
From Home Alone to Frozen, this activity focuses on some of the most successful Christmas films of all time.
Each activity has questions and answers, with an indication of how many marks are on offer at the end of each question. This is particularly helpful for children preparing for reading tests and exams, encouraging them to give fuller answers where required. Students will enjoy the range of questions styles from matching years to events to drawing pictures using given facts.
As with all of my reading comprehension projects, my aim is to create stimulating text that will actually get children into reading. I started writing my own material in 2014 after feeling bored by a lot of the comprehensions on offer. Using this approach, I have introduced my students to many stories that may not be on the curriculum, but are important for young people to know.
While you are here...
I have compiled a number of other comprehensions that you may be interested in. I’m sure your students would love to find out about these exciting stories
The Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot
Mysteries of the World
World War One
Christmas Reading Comprehensions
The Royal Family
Stories of Survival
The above titles are also all featured in my Mega Comprehension bundle:
Mega Text Bundle
You should also check out the following comprehensions, which are not part of the bundle:
World War Two Diaries
Around the World in 8 Days
The Day the World Stood Still
Stars of Rio 2016
Festivals of the World
Black History Month
In the News!
FAKE NEWS: APRIL FOOL!
Leaders and Presidents
The Fawkes Files
WW1: How The War Was Won
Easter: Characters of the Cross
A bit about me:
Before teaching, I was a journalist. I still work as a freelance writer, and like nothing more than writing engaging texts to challenge and inspire children and young people. I choose subjects that may not be on the curriculum but are of great importance for students to know about.
Everything I write has been comprehensively researched from a number of sources and been written by myself. No plagiarism here! This is all original material. My questions are pitched at a high level, but with a bit of patience and persistence (and some adult help if necessary) most students will have great fun as they learn, especially as the penny drops.
Your students will benefit from my reading comprehensions in guided reading, close reading, and lessons right across the curriculum. The comprehensions are closely aligned with Common Core, testing and developing skills in summarising, recall, inference, word meaning and contextual understanding.
I am aware of the impact of printed resources on our environment so try to condense my reading activities into as compact a space as possible. Hopefully this will help you save time in printing, and keep the bills down!
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