Christmas Essentials: An Integrated K-3 Common Core Unit


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Christmas is right around the corner and what better way to engage students than through integrated activities aligned to Common Core Standards. In this unit, students will complete two literature studies, “Olive, the Other Reindeer” and “The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher” and complete the following lessons:

– Create a foldable KWL reindeer
– Define new vocabulary terms using color vocabulary posters
– Make, revise and confirm predictions
– Retell story
– Determine story’s central lesson or message
– Analyze character traits based on evidence from the text
– Read twin texts (nonfiction text on reindeer)
– Ask and answer questions; find answers in the text
– Complete cloze reading passage
– Take vocabulary and comprehension assessment
– Summarize key Christmas terms, symbols and traditions
– Read and follow directions to make Reindeer Munch and Easy Christmas Sugar Cookies (accompanying questions included)
– Read and follow directions to make a Santa puppet and 3-D Christmas tree
– Write a persuasive letter to Santa
– Solve addition problems and use sums to make Santa craft
– Make an ornament

These lessons can be used during reading, writing and social studies time and modified to meet specific student needs. Detailed lesson plans and pictures of student work samples included for each activity! Great for students in grades K-3.

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