This activity focuses on BEGINNING, MIDDLE, and END of a story/book as well as MAIN CHARACTERS. and SETTING from a story/book.
My students loved using turkey summaries at Thanksgiving. They asked me if we were going to do these after every part of our book. I told them it wouldn’t make much sense to keep using turkeys for each summary, since that is a Thanksgiving-related craft. I told them we would do something with a Christmas theme in December. I couldn’t really find what I was looking for, so I created my own activity!
Hopefully, you can use this activity with your students as well. We completed the activities together. First, I handed out all of the elements for the Christmas living room – the fireplace, the stockings, the Christmas tree, and the window. We summarized what we had read from the beginning of the book up to the part where we are currently. We listed those parts on the stockings. Then, we listed the main characters on the gifts, and the setting of the book on drawn ornaments on the Christmas tree. (On the gifts, we wrote “TO: Main character, TO: another character’s name, etc.) I then let the kids color all of the elements and glue them on however they wanted on their construction paper.
I included an alternate page with “1, 2, and 3” stockings. This is more for informational texts. You can choose which stockings page to give them based on the text you’re reading.
My students wanted to make an entire living room, and I thought it was a great idea! I added a Christmas tree, a window looking out on a snowy scene, and some gifts to put under the tree. We even added a small piece of felt as a Christmas skirt, for fun.
These looked very festive for our hallway bulletin board!
This is appropriate for grades 2-7. I used it with my special ed 6th and 7th graders. Click on the preview to see a little more about this product. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!