The Christmas holidays are a fun time of year, but many students (and adults) don’t know why we do these things year after year. In these short passages, students will read about where each of these traditions come from, how we continue to keep these traditions and many other fun facts about this season. Traditions included are…
1. Why do we hang stockings by the fireplace?
2. Why do we send Christmas cards?
3. Why do we give gifts at Christmas?
4. Why do people make gingerbread houses?
5. Why do we decorate Christmas wreaths?
6. Why do we decorate Christmas trees?
7. Why do some people hide a Christmas pickle in their tree?
8. Why is Christmas Eve so important?
Each of these traditions are addressed in a historical perspective; while many of these traditions include religious connections, the information given focuses on why the tradition was started (many times with multiple reasons) and how people continue the tradition today.
Each reading passage is about a page and a half long, appropriate for grades 3-6 reading level. After each passage are a couple comprehension questions.
Also included are directions for activities to do with your students related to some of these traditions. Activities include…
1. Design your own stockings
2. Make a Christmas card to share with a friend
3. Gingerbread recipe and easy directions to make your own
4. Instructions for making different kinds of Christmas wreaths
5. Directions for making your own (easy) classroom tree OR instructions for making individual trees
6. Make a simple journal to give as a gift to a friend or family member (uses paper lunch bags and white copy paper)
7. Design a sales ad or create a commercial to sell The Christmas Pickle! (student directions included)
8. Writing activity for describing a Christmas Eve tradition.
This Christmas Traditions bundle will help you keep your students actively
engaged during a stressful time of year!