Winter Holidays Interactive Read Alouds

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Interactive read aloud lesson plans for the winter holidays that are ready for you to simply print and teach! Each book comes with a lesson to teach your students about a variety of winter holidays. Enhance student engagement and understanding through the use of picture books in your social studies block.

Winter Holiday Books:

  • Chelsea's Chinese New Year by Lisa Bullard
  • One Candle by Eve Bunting
  • Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco
  • My First Kwanzaa Book by Deborah Chocolate

Each winter holiday lesson includes:

  • teacher guide
  • one page lesson with discussion questions
  • printable sticky notes
  • written response sheet
  • activity sheet (with answer key if applicable)

Each interactive read aloud includes a teacher's guide that outlines the lesson. It provides an introduction to help prepare your students for their learning and to set a purpose for the the read aloud. It also includes important vocabulary words and the standards that the lesson covers.

There are higher level thinking questions and talking points to prompt student discussion. Each one includes a page number so that you know exactly where to stop! These will guide students to use evidence from the text to deepen their understanding of the story and respond in meaningful ways.

The discussion questions can be printed out as a one page guide, or on sticky notes, which allow you to place them right in the book!

The interactive read aloud also comes with a written response, activity sheet and extension activities to really help your students connect with the text and build their knowledge on social studies concepts.

The whole read aloud lesson is included, so it takes the pressure of planning off of you! It also provides an easy task to leave for a substitute teacher.

The interactive read aloud lesson plans for social studies are meaningful and engaging, yet they are simple and can be completed in a short amount of time.

These lessons are great read-alouds for the month of December! Students will learn about Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa through these picture books. Wonderful books for the winter holidays!

Keep your teaching colorful,

Sara ☺

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.


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