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to see the versatility
of this craft.
Clement Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas”
is said to be one of the most famous American poems ever written.
Because of its popularity, easy cadence, rhyming words, and the fact that the poem is packed with over 60 Dolch sight words
, I wanted to design a craftivity to incorporate into our reading activities, while covering the poetry genre
and practicing the “sequencing & retelling”
a story standards
I came up with this “flip-the-flap” Santa booklet
Children color, cut & sequence
the “beard” pages, then glue their top tab to the base, adding Santa’s face as the “cover”.
Besides the black & white patterns
for students, I've also included full color, so that teachers can quickly & easily make a sample to share.
To retell the story, they flip his beard up to reveal the graphics, which prompt them to explain what’s happening.
While working on the sequencing
booklet, I thought teachers could also use the pattern for a variety of other things
So I tweaked the templates and included patterns for:
* A “Ho Ho Ho-ping
you have a Merry Christmas” card
Older students can compose, then write a letter to the recipient on the back.
* A “Dear Santa” letter with a twist
Instead of having children write the usual “I’d like a …….” have students ask Santa to bring a specific gift to a special person
in their life, then explain why
For example: “Dear Santa, could you please bring a pair of boots for my baby brother Fred, so he can play outside in the snow with me. Love, Ean”
* Blank patterns
so that you can make a flip the flap booklet for another
Santa story, or to use as a creative writing prompt
of your choice.
Completed projects make a cute bulletin board
or hallway display.
Also included in the packet are:
* A photo-poster
of Clement Moore,
* Background information
on the poem, and
* A copy
of the story-poem, which you can read together as a whole group; calling on children to take turns reading a stanza. There's also
* An “alphabetize Santa’s reindeer” worksheet
’m Diane from Teach With Me, wishing you a very Merry Christmas filled with giggles galore.
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