We read the classic Christmas story The Night Before Christmas, and learned how to write lists. Then we wrote a list to Santa of what we wanted for Christmas.
Throughout last week we’ve also been talked about how it is important to give and have a generous heart. We spent the week making Christmas tree ornaments as a present to our family members. To make the craft, we first took three Popsicle sticks and glued them together. Then we painted them green and glued some green construction paper on the back. Students then glued some beads as ornaments for the tree.
As we continued to learn about caribou we also read other fiction stories including Olive The Other Reindeer. We filled out a bubble map that illustrated four ideas of our favorite parts of the story. Then students chose one part of the story that they liked the best and wrote about it. You can get the writing activity here.
One student wrote “she was riding on his sleigh”, and another student wrote “My favorite part of the story was when she got on the bus.”
At the end of our unit students partner read a Rudolph emergent reader that talked about things that Rudolph saw. Students colored the pictures based on the color words that were in the books. They also made reindeer headbands. Headbands can be found here and emergent reader books can be found here.
Last week was our reindeer theme! We started by reading Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and Rudolph’s Bright Christmas. We also read a nonfiction story about caribou. As a class we labeled a Venn diagram that showed the similarities and differences between Rudolph and caribou. We also made cut and paste Rudolph’s.
The whole week we read several different gingerbread stories and we discussed differences and similarities in the stories. We read Gingerbread Man and Gingerbread Boy and filled out a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the different characters of the stories.
On Thursday we read Gingerbread Baby and discussed how the ending is different where the Gingerbread Baby doesn’t get eaten but has a house built for him by Matti. Then we created houses for our own gingerbread babies. You can buy an updated version of this activity here.
This week we read many different gingerbread stories (Gingerbread Man, Boy, Baby, Bear, etc). The first story we read was the classic version Gingerbread Man. We retold the story using character cards and then did a cut and paste activity that showed the correct sequence of the story.
Then we brainstormed things that are scary to us and filled out a web thinking map answering things that we would run from. We then took our brainstorming, picked one thing that was the scariest and wrote about them.
The next day we looked at different ways to write the story of The Gingerbread Man. We made a list of different action verbs and then made gingerbread men with a mini verb booklet.