Christmas in Italy The Legend of Old Befana - Printable & Google Slides

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⭐Students explore Christmas in Italy with this printable & digital resource. Students use the picture book The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie DePaola as a mentor text to explore the Italian folktale of Befana and learn about Christmas in Italy.

⭐This cross curricular unit includes five days of reading, writing, and social studies activities. It is available in both print and digital Google Slides, so it is perfect for classroom and distance learning.

Key Features:

✏️ Integrated Teaching Tools - This resource includes teacher read-aloud questions, a five-day lesson plan with teacher instructions and a general pedagogy summary.

✏️ Cross Curricular Student Engagement - Student questions and prompts focus on reading comprehension, response writing, and more.

✏️ Promotes Awareness & Critical Thinking - Questions, prompts, and activities promote awareness and cultural understanding. Students complete activities like compare/contrast and opinion writing to help develop critical thinking skills.

✏️ Dynamic & Immersive - This resource contains links to read alouds, stories, interviews, maps, and others, as well as engaging and educational activities to immerse students into the topic.

✏️ Digital & Printable Versions - Printable & Google Slides versions make this resource flexible for in-person and/or distance learning. Google slides functionality can be used in the classroom along with print resource.

✏️ Diversity & Culture - Integrated stories and mentor texts are selected to promote diversity and cultural awareness.

What is Included?

Day 1:

  • About the Author
  • Vocabulary
  • Map of Italy
  • Christmas in Italy Passage and Questions

Day 2:

  • Read Aloud Link: The Legend of Old Befana
  • Sticky Note Questions
  • Discussion Questions

Day 3:

  • Introduction to Folktales
  • La Befana (Different version)
  • Compare and Contrast Folktale Versions

Day 4:

  • Reread The Legend of Old Befana.
  • Watch La Befana Epcot Video
  • Compare and Contrast Befana and Saint Nicholas
  • Coloring Topper

Day 5:

  • Watch Christmas in Italy Video
  • Video Response Questions
  • Befana Ornament Craft

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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