INCORPORATING FIVE SENSES WITHIN YOUR CHRISTMAS THEME
During the month of December (when I was teaching Kindergarten) I incorporated the “Five Senses” theme in relation to Christmas. The spirit of the season allowed for so many opportunities to incorporate this theme. On my website and within the Christmas theme unit you will find ideas on how to incorporate the “Five Senses Theme”.
NEW CHRISTMAS SYMBOLS READER
If you have followed my newsletters and blog, you would have discovered that I use and create many reproducible readers to offer my students an engaging and balanced literacy approach to reading in the early years. Now that I teach grade one, this has not changed. Even though I have access to a variety of reading series, I still find myself creating little books that address the needs of my students better. There is not one Christmas story within our reading series, so I created two. In our Social Studies curriculum we are to introduce symbols that represent our community. I thought I would introduce this concept by looking at symbols that are representative of Christmas. I will use the reader below as a base to introduce this concept. The students are to read, color and complete the interactive components of the reader. Feel free to use these!
New Christmas Traditions Reader and Follow-up Writing Activities
Another Social Studies outcome is for my students to identify different traditions practiced within their community. I thought discussing Christmas traditions within our classroom would be a great platform to introduce this concept. The reader “Our Christmas Traditions” is meant to help my students understand what a tradition is and lead to a discussion on different ones practiced within our classroom. After, they will write about this, using one of the templates found in the links below. Feel free to use these writing templates! The reader is only available to paid members or individuals accessing the Christmas theme unit as it has been professionally illustrated.
WRITING AND CRAFT ACTIVITY – CONVINCING SANTA
I can’t wait to do this activity. I did a similar activity when I was teaching Kindergarten but now my students are more capable (now teaching grade one). My students are to convince Santa that they are deserving of his visit. Within my school we focus on different positive character virtues. We will reflect back on those virtues and discuss how they have practiced these and they must relay this to Santa. I wanted to make this activity different from the traditional “Dear Santa” letter, where the students list what they want. In this activity the students must convince Santa that they are worthy of his visit. Template to complete this activity is found in the Christmas theme unit.