There is just SOMETHING special about “The Nutcracker.” I have loved this story since I was a little girl. This past December we spent a whole month exploring different versions of “The Nutcracker” and just had a blast with our study! One of my favorite activities we did was our journal each and every day. Students pulled ou their nutcracker journals as soon as they walked into the classroom and spent 8 to 10 minutes responding to the question of the day. Students then shared in small groups , it was so fun to hear about family traditions and favorite gifts students have given, as well as favorite holiday songs. The great thing is you don’t need to do a novel study to use this. Read one version of the story, just to help build schema and your students will be on their way!
Have Fun! – Carmen