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NO PREP Welcome Back from Winter Break Writing Activities (+6 other holidays!)

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18 meaningful, NO PREP activities for welcoming students back from 7 holidays & breaks all year long! 3 activities for Winter Vacation (and each of the included holidays) mean you can return to school with ZERO stress about your day's ELA lesson! The activities leverage students' excitement and allow them to share about their holiday break in the context of meaningful writing! I've found allowing students to share about their exciting Christmas and holiday stories during these writing lessons makes for a MUCH more focused and productive rest of the day that we return to school, and they get into this writing topic! :)

The task: After Winter Break, vacations, holidays, and other breaks, welcome students back by letting them productively discuss their fun using the "Find Someone Who" games, Venn diagrams, and comparison & contrast writing activities--tailored to each holiday or break! (Welcome back from Halloween, Thanksgiving, Spring Break, Winter Break, Easter, Summer Vacation, & a long weekend break included.)

***This BUNDLE includes my 7 Welcome Back "Find Someone Who" games and comparison and contrast writing activities.***
Check out the individual ratings and previews below!>
Welcome Back from Thanksgiving Break {Game & Compare/Contrast Writing Activity}
Welcome Back from Spring Break Interactive Compare and Contrast Writing Activity
Welcome Back from Easter {Find Someone Who & Compare / Contrast Writing Activity}
Welcome Back from Halloween {Compare & Contrast Writing / Find Someone Who Game}
Welcome Back from Winter Break {Game & Compare/Contrast Writing Activity}
Welcome Back from Summer {Game & Compare/Contrast Writing Activity}
Welcome Back from the Weekend {Game & Compare/Contrast Writing Activity}

*Be sure to check out each of the linked resources above for detailed previews and reviews.*


More about how the 3 activities for each break/holiday work:

Find Someone Who Game: Have students move around the classroom and find classmates that did each of the activities listed on the Find Someone Who activity. Challenge students to find a different person for each space. Students sign the boxes with the activities they apply to them.

Venn Diagram: Students partner up to discuss one-on-one and complete the Venn diagram comparing and contrasting their holiday experiences to their partner’s experiences.

Comparison/Contrast Writing: Students use the Venn diagram to write 2 paragraphs explaining how their holiday experiences were similar and different from their partner’s. Students use the comparison/contrast key word example boxes and writing checklist for support. For further differentiation, you may choose to have students complete their paragraphs as partners!

Finally, students share their writing!

7 Activities Bundled for SAVINGS: Separately, these resources are $2 each.


Happy Teachering!
Amber

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NO PREP Welcome Back from Winter Break Writing Activities
NO PREP Welcome Back from Winter Break Writing Activities
NO PREP Welcome Back from Winter Break Writing Activities
NO PREP Welcome Back from Winter Break Writing Activities