These free 32 Holly Jolly Homophone Task Cards are Common Core aligned and will help your 3rd - 5th grade students practice identifying various homophones. These cards will give your students lots of focused practice determining which homophone is correct, from more simple homophones (buy vs. bye) to more difficult ones (ceiling vs. sealing). The cards have a holiday theme and are very kid friendly and fun!
I just love task cards and think they are such a versatile tool for the classroom. You can use them in a literacy center, in small groups, or even individually. They’re always great for fast finishers too! Another option is to use one card at a time with the whole class. I like to keep a stack of cards on my desk that go with whatever concept we're working on and pull a few of them out to do together whenever we have a few extra minutes.
My favorite way to use task cards though, is to use them as a rotational activity. Simply print out the record sheet for each child and station the cards at different places around the room. You can call "Scoot" after a few minutes and kids rotate to the next station. Or depending upon the class, you can let the kids rotate to any card that's open. I love to send them on this "scavenger hunt" in buddies because I like to hear the kids collaborating on their answers. Kids love the movement too and it's always neat to see them really enjoying an activity and learning at the same time.
The task cards can be printed in color or grayscale and can be laminated and used again and again. Baggies are great to store them in or you could hole punch each card's corner and put them all on a ring. A plastic shoebox with dividers works really well to keep them organized.
Need other holiday themed resources? Here's one that I love for 4th and 5th graders. It's academic but still lots of fun!
Christmas Literacy Set
If you'd like to integrate social studies with language arts, this Christmas Around the World for Older Kids is another rigorous but fun set of activities:
Christmas Around the World for Older Kids
If you're looking for some great winter themed resources, please check these out:
Winter Paired Texts for 4th - 6th Grades
Winter Literacy Set
Winter Themed Language Task Cards Bundle
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