Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas & 1st Grade News

I love this time of year and the opportunities for integrating wonderful literature with reading and writing skills.  With just 15 days until our holiday break, we will be busy trying to fit in as much as possible.
This week, I have activities planned for The Gingerbread Pirates, Santa's Stuck, and Frankenstein's Fright Before Christmas.  

 (I'll share this project later...)


Our weekly comprehension skills include a focus on plot, character and setting and because my students are enthusiastic about art projects, we'll add a Frankenstein craft to this writing.  I'm using very few pre-made templates for art activities this year because this group is so artistic and they appreciate the opportunity to come up with their own ideas.  
Link for the Frankenstein's Fright Before Christmas comprehension worksheet

This terrific book is such a fun one to share with first graders!  My students love kid-created class books so we'll work on another one this week after reading Santa's Stuck. 

Cover page for our class book
This Link is for a document that includes the book cover and the student page.  I will glue the cover page to construction paper and then laminate the front and back cover pages.

Oftentimes, the children use the backside of their class book page to continue their writing.
On the Tuesday afternoon before Thanksgiving break, we had fun working on our first holiday project, a writing based on the wonderful book, The Night Before Christmas. 

Most students needed a second page to list their wonderful skills.  :)
Hallway Bulletin Board Poster

Link - this 3 page document includes the student writing pages and the hallway display poster. 

Their writings are precious!

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