December Round UpI'm back with another monthly round up of ideas, activities, and freebies!
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Trying to display process writing each month can be a challenge, so one way I like to make sure our work gets switched out quickly is by having my students write a poem. It gives them some great exposure to poetry, and we are able to put together a great display in almost no time!
This month, my students will be writing a cinquain about Rudolph and creating this super cute craft to display next to their writing.
I've done this project for the past few years, and the kids really enjoy it. To prepare them for writing the poem, I first read Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to them. Then, we brainstorm words and phrases that they could use in their poems. From there, the students choose their favorites and use them in their poems. Then, we make Rudolph! #glitterynoseisoptional
Click here to grab the FREE poetry template.
Click here to grab the FREE craft templates.
In December, I love taking a break from our basal for a bit and reading different versions of The Gingerbread Man.
I don't know what it is about this story, but it is just so fun to read and it lends itself to so many important skills, like retelling. These retell flap books are a fun way to practice this skill.
And, so is this retell hat!
Using adjectives to identify character traits is another great skill that can be practiced with this story. This cut and paste activity is always a hit with my students! We usually complete one about the fox too!
I also love using these books to practice our compare and contrast skills. The kids are always so successful at identifying similarities and differences between the different versions.
As an extension activity, this Disguise a Gingerbread Man project is lots of fun! The students create a disguise for the Gingerbread Man and then write about it. Best of all, they can do the disguise project at home, or in class.
You can find these activities, plus so many more, in my Gingerbread Man unit. It is perfect for use with any version of the story! :)
Students play in pairs. They need two number cubes and some game pieces (I use the red and yellow counters). Player A rolls two number cubes and adds them up. Then, he/she covers the sum on the board. Player B does the same. This goes back and forth until one player manages to get five of their markers in a row.
You can grab this game for FREE by clicking here. And, you can download other seasonal Five in a Row boards here.
Note: My students play the "Sums of 10-20" version of the game which is played with number cubes, but the freebie also includes a "Sums of 2-12" game board which is played with dice.
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