Santa Alternatives from Around the World (Readings and Worksheets)
Santa Claus is the most famous gift-giver of the Holiday Season, but he’s not alone. The world is full of “Santa alternatives,” ranging from witches to goats. My students really enjoy learning about different cultures and they especially love magical and mythical figures. I created this activity as a fun cultural learning activity.
There is an informational reading sheet for each Santa alternative. (You can use all the characters included or you can pick and choose ones to use in your classroom.) In addition to the readings are 4 worksheet activities based on the readings.
SANTA ALTERNATIVES INCLUDED
Yule Lads (Iceland)
La Befana (Italy)
Yule Goat (Finland)
Pere Noel (France)
Ded Moroz and the Snow Maiden (Russia)
Father Christmas (England)
Three Wise Men or Three Kings (Spain/Mexico)
1. Compare and Contrast Short Answer Questions (10 questions)
2. Calendar Activity (Students cut out pictures of each character. Using the readings, they paste the characters in the correct column corresponding to the date on which they appear.)
3. Letter Writing (Students write a letter to one of the characters asking questions about them that they still are wondering about.)
4. Name that Character (Students use a word bank to match the characters to details about them.)
I make the students packets with the activity sheets at the end. Sometimes I read one sheet each day with the students in the weeks leading up to holiday break and then assign the activity sheets, and sometimes I give the packet as extra credit or as extra reading to my fast finishers.