Who could the animals’ Santa be? It is Little Snow’s first Christmas and Big Snowshoe and the other forest animals are ready for a visit from the animals’ Santa. Little Snow wonders who it might be…do presents come from a badger, a moose, or a polar bear? Will the forest animals find out who brings them presents? Students will love hearing this story and looking at the rich illustrations Jan Brett is known for, bringing excitement for this holiday season!
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 retell The Animals’ Santa using elements of a story. At the end of the lesson after students participate in discussion about story elements, students will write in response to the prompt: Retell the story from beginning to end. Include important events in The Animals’ Santa.
In addition to retelling the story (the lesson’s main objective), extension skills and strategies include: predicting, inferring, vocabulary, creative writing, comparing and contrasting, 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 9 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.
-Quick print form of the questions to be projected/posted during read aloud
-Assessment task cards (3 differentiated variations for students’ varying abilities).
Extensions and Extras to continue the learning:
-9 vocabulary cards and 3 blank cards
-student vocabulary graphic organizer to infer meaning of words and phrases and provide context clues (answer key included)
-2 versions of a vocabulary 4-square activity
-graphic organizer to compare and contrast Little Snow and Big Snowshoe from the text
-creative writing page using vocabulary words from the text (2 differentiated variations for students’ varying abilities)
-graphic organizer for students to collect evidence of which animal makes the best animals’ Santa
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