1. Movies: The Grinch? A Christmas Story? Elf? Home Alone? Nothing says Christmas like a good old fashion Christmas movie! Not only do the students love watching Christmas movies, they can also learn inference skills, questioning skills, elements of a plot structure, etc. Danielle, from Study All Knight, created an AWESOME resource that coincides with the movie, Elf. Not only will students be learning, but they will be entertained while doing so! Check out this fun resource be clicking HERE. Make this activity as long or short as you wish, by showing the whole movie or a few clips.
2. Holiday Figurative Language: Students can review and practice the various elements of figurative language in a variety of ways, including writing and drawing sentences to represent what they have created: similes, alliterations, hyperboles, metaphor, onomatopoeia, personification, etc. Students will make connections and observations, then get creative! Check out this FREE resource by clicking HERE.
|Christmas Figurative Language (Examples)|
4. Christmas Poems: Students can create their own Christmas poetry and share with their classmates during a 'Holiday Poetry Reading'. Transform your classroom into a coffeehouse setting, with dim lights, holiday music in the background, hot chocolate (or something similar) and snacks for all to enjoy. Perhaps their poems could be created in a format that they are already familiar with or it might be a great time to try something new!
5. Re-write the 12 Days of Christmas: This fun Christmas writing activity gives students a new way to review the classic holiday carol, The 12 Days of Christmas, while at the same time, reflecting on their school year with some fun prompts. This is an activity can be used as a bell-ringer at the start of class, so not only will it not take away from your instructional time, but it will also keep the excitement of the holidays going, while students countdown the days! Check out this Christmas writing activity by clicking HERE.
|12 Days of Christmas - Holiday Writing Prompts Countdown|
7. Send Holiday Cheer to the Military: Students can practice their letter writing skills by sending some Holiday cheer to the men and women of the military. They can review and practice the various elements of a friendly letter including the heading, greeting, body, closing, and signature. Here are a few great websites that provide a breakdown of the specifics of what the letters can entail:
9. Christmas Research Project: The Christmas season is the perfect time of year to remind students that it is important to give back and help those in need. Jackie, from Room 213, created a project that allows students to practice their researching and presenting skills while experiencing the joy of volunteering and giving back. This project gives students an opportunity to reach out to a community program, complete research on that project or organization, then design a project that will help to raise money for that program in some way. Check out this essential resource by clicking HERE.
|Christmas Bell Ringer - Advent Calendar Writing Prompts (in action!)|
12. Christmas Memory Box: For the 12 Days leading up to Christmas, students can write a memory a day for someone that is special to them. It is intended to be given as a present. Click HERE for a free lesson plan related to this activity.
The holiday can be a stressful time for everyone for a variety of different reasons, so trying out some of the above activities might bring some cheer into the hands of those who need it the most. Some of the activities may require more time than others, but no matter what you choose, it will a special time for both you and your students.