Get ready for Santa!
Christmas is coming and catching Santa is at the top of the to-do list for these siblings! This “how-to” structured story gives readers key tips and tricks to catch Santa on Christmas Eve. Not only entertaining and heartwarming, this story will inspire kids to devise their own plot to catch Santa!
This interactive read aloud is designed for one class period, however extensions can be taken over several days. The lesson objective is: Students will be able to set a purpose for reading and monitor their understanding as they read How to Catch Santa. At the end of the lesson, after students participate in discussion, students will write in response to the prompt: According to the characters, what is the best way to catch Santa?
In addition to setting a purpose for reading through a KWL and monitoring comprehension (the lesson’s main objective), extension skills and strategies include: predicting, inferring, vocabulary, using text evidence, creative writing, and more!
In the lesson plan, target questions are posed along with expected student answers and scaffolding questions to support students as needed. The scaffolding questions are designed to help students organize their thinking and understanding in smaller chunks to reach the target question.
The essential question, objective, and questions are in the lesson plan, but also in a printable format to be projected or posted for the lesson.
This lesson focuses on 11 key vocabulary words. Other vocabulary words may be pertinent for your students: included are blank vocabulary cards so that you can customize for your students’ needs.
-Lesson Plan page w/ text’s big idea, EQ, target, vocabulary list, assessment, and teacher language
-Teacher's questioning guide w/stopping points, questions, expected answers, and possible scaffolding questions
-Template to print questions/vocabulary on post-its and place in the book before teaching for easy reference. Please note: on each post-it, you will find (for the corresponding page) key vocabulary, the main lesson plan questions and scaffolding questions.
-KWL headers to make large anchor chart
-KWL graphic organizer for students
-Quick print form of the questions to be projected/posted during read aloud
-Graphic Organizer with lesson questions for students to collect their own thinking during the read aloud
-Assessment task cards (3 differentiated variations for students’ varying abilities)
Extensions and Extras to continue the learning:
-11 vocabulary cards and 3 blank cards
-student vocabulary graphic organizer to infer meaning of words and phrases and provide context clues (answer key Included)
-Vocabulary 4-square activity
-“Take it to Writing” pages for students to write their own holiday story using vocabulary words from text (2 differentiated variations for students’ varying abilities)
-“My Plan to Catch Santa!” activity page
-“Meeting Santa” activity page for students to illustrate what happens when they catch Santa
-creative writing page using vocabulary words from the text (2 differentiated variations for students’ varying abilities)
-4 kinds of Extension and Discussion task cards (3 to a page)
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