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With the upcoming Christmas season, there are so many fun activities to do with kids in the classroom. Whether you are writing, making crafts, or just engaging in simple conversation, December is a great time to have fun while incorporating critical learning skills, too. Here are just a few of my favorite Christmas and winter activities from my store.
1. Christmas Writing Activities – This is a set of Christmas writing activities that allows students to write about: your favorite Christmas memory, a letter to Santa, three gifts to give to someone else, and a thank you letter to someone important. It includes four different writing activities and prompts. Each activity also has teacher directions, a graphic organizer, sentence starters, student writing exemplars, a rubric, and an editing checklist. The writing activities also differentiated for your learners, so some students may be writing 5-paragraph essays, while others are only writing 1-paragraph. When kids finish their writing, they can read the writing aloud to the class, decorate and design the writing before giving to a family member, or staple to a holiday bulletin board.
2. Christmas Fill the Blank Mad Libs – This is a set of 10 printable Christmas worksheets for students to use as a mad libs writing and reading activity. The ten stories are all focused around Christmas fun, including Santa, reindeer, Mrs. Claus, and more. This is a fun activity for reading practice and for learning parts of speech.
To complete a worksheet, students fold back on the dotted line. Then, they write a word for that fits each part of speech or category. It’s MUCH more fun if students write a random word in each category first before reading the story. Once students write in each word, they should unfold the story and rewrite their words right in the story. Then, the fun begins when students read the silly story. Have run reading stories with partners and in front of the whole class. Kids will be excited to share their stories!
3. Winter Social Skills Task Cards – These Winter Social Skill Problem Solving Task Cards are a pack of over 100 fun task cards that highlight social scenarios and situations that kids can discuss and identify how they would solve each situation. The cards are organized into five different sets that target different situations: With friends, with family, in the classroom, at recess, and at lunch. These task cards are completely centered around winter topics, including Christmas, snow, snowball fights, skiing, hot chocolate, and more.
Social skills task cards can be an important way to incorporate social and emotional learning in your classroom. Best of all, the social conversations they create can help create bonds between kids as they help each other learn.
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