The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Novel Study Activities with Print & Digital

Grade Levels
2nd - 4th, Homeschool
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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Novel Study includes print & digital formats to help you teach this festive story. Comprehension questions and writing prompts for reading response, a literature guide, vocabulary, and more will help your kids build essential reading skills as winter break approaches. This 5-day novel unit targets key vocabulary, grammar, and literary analysis skills - making it perfect for reinforcing language arts lessons.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a beloved children's book about the Herdman kids, who love to make trouble in their small town. In this story, they take over the annual Christmas pageant! This hilarious tale will have your students rolling with laughter and eager to share their opinions about whether the Herdman kids are really as bad as they seem.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Novel Study includes a 5-day unit plan & engaging activities that align with state and Common Core standards for reading comprehension and vocabulary. Your students will have so much fun getting into the holiday spirit while developing their language arts skills at the same time.

Your download includes:

✔Daily comprehension prompts in 3 formats for differentiation

  • Foldable trifold brochures
  • Cut & paste journal prompts for interactive notebooks
  • Google Slides

✔Weekly word of the day flip books for text-based vocabulary

✔ Easy-to-follow directions for printing & prep

✔ Instructional planning guide

✔Answer keys

In this Novel Unit for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, you'll find:

1) Student comprehension practice (up to 5 instructional days)

  • Each day's work focuses on a single standards-based comprehension skill
  • Short, written responses include opportunities to apply thinking to text
  • Designed with reluctant and struggling learners in mind
  • Built-in graphic organizers to support skill acquisition
  • Approachable questions help make connections & start conversations
  • No boring multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank questions!
  • Available in student-friendly foldable, interactive notebook, and Google Slide formats

2) Approachable practice with key reading standards and skills including:

  • Text analysis and responding to literature
  • Exploring character traits through dialogue & plot
  • Making inferences and drawing conclusions based on text clues
  • Generating main ideas
  • Analyzing and defending an opinion with text-based evidence
  • And so much more!

3) Text-based & academic vocabulary

  • One target word identified for each day's reading
  • Provided via interactive notebook ready foldable
  • Includes opportunity to use the word in context
  • Opportunities to make connections to academic vocabulary for daily skills

4) Teacher support materials

  • Unit scope & sequence lays out the day's comprehension & vocabulary focus
  • Answer Keys for all comprehension activities
  • Tips for preparation and implementation

Prefer a different version?

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Digital Novel Study

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Printable Novel Study


How Novel Units from Differentiated Teaching Work...

▸ Teachers can introduce the day's vocabulary word & discuss before reading.

▸ Students complete just one section of the trifold or a single Google Slide each day.

▸ Daily work focuses on target skills needed for success in reading vs. plot recall.

▸ The low-pressure format provides novelty & encourages student engagement

▸ Less overwhelming to reluctant readers and writers

▸ Requires deep analysis and application of text-based knowledge

▸ Encourages discussion about skills & strategies

Here's why teachers love these novel units...

We used these for a whole-class novel study. Pre-printed brochures fully encompassed ELA skills for the novel. This is an extremely easy, but very rich set of activities for understanding and enriching student's ELA skills. I will be using this for our first novel study again in class this fall. I highly recommend this! -Allison M.

This has helped me so much in teaching Holes to my students this year. Other resources overwhelm students with too much vocabulary and literal comprehension questions but these slides give students one vocabulary word for each chapter and a grade-level higher-order comprehension skill to practice. - Kristin P.

This does a really good job of focusing on vocab and using context clues, practicing quoting from the text, and target skills. I really liked the way it focused on one skill for every two chapters, which made things really manageable for my students. - Beth A.

Here's what homeschool families have to say about the novel studies...

I LOVE the layout and how it guides my son and I through our reading time. As a homeschool parent, I still wanted to give him that opportunity to discuss and grapple with the text and I love this quick format as a brochure. I also love the vocab focus for each section and the skill listed so I can monitor his understanding of these as we move through a variety of texts this year. - Antonia S.

My kids LOVED this book companion. The vocabulary was rich, and I liked the focus on one word a day. I also liked that they had to use context clues rather than dictionary definitions... The tasks were a great review of skills I covered throughout the year. Parent-friendly and easy to implement. - Corinne M.

I am a homeschool mom and my daughter is enjoying the book and I am loving that she is able to respond to the reading through various aspects and not just answering questions. She is more engaged in her reading and asking more questions after she completes each task. - Terri B.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.


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