As I think about all of the December holidays, I get really excited. Along with Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, I spend time in my classroom teaching about Christmas. I believe that teaching about holidays is not only fun but an engaging way to cover literacy standards and benchmarks.
I have created this resource "Christmas Traditions through Literacy" to explore some of the traditions of Christmas (i.e. advent wreath, Christmas tree, stockings, Santa Claus, etc.) in an effort to teach about Christmas (not celebrate it).
I have included opportunities for students to work on literacy skills such as suffix -ing, adjectives, ABC order, sentence writing, vocabulary work, comprehension (beg., middle, end), sequencing and graphic organizers for writing, writing prompts and making a holiday card! This resource would be ideal for 1st/2nd grades. The packet has opportunities to differentiate the activities to meet your students’ needs.
Also, I have included activities for a shared reading of "Mouse's First Christmas" by Lauren Thompson. This book is a great way to introduce or reinforce describing words (adjectives) along with sight words (all, the, was, little, and very) and has great repetitive text.