December can be a challenging time for teachers to keep students engaged until the Christmas or winter break. The "Count Down to Christmas Reading Tree" allows teachers to celebrate the holiday season by counting down the days until the break by reading a book a day. The tree is decorated with ornaments that have photos of books on them. The tree can be placed on the classroom door or a bulletin board to decorate the room.
This activity includes a few sample writing ideas and how to include surprise guest readers.