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December 11, 2017

# Free Printables to Make the Days Before Break Merrier (and Easier!)

The days to holiday break are being counted down in my classroom, and not just by the students! Knowing holiday celebrations and vacation are just around the corner has made my students just a bit more antsy, and a bit less focused on the rigors of our daily lessons. With less than two weeks left until break, the answer to my prayers arrived in my inbox last week — for a limited time Scholastic Teachables is offering 25 free holiday printables.

Scholastic Teachables (formally known as Printables) are the easiest way I know to enhance a lesson, make a holiday decoration, provide enrichment, or offer a fun activity during an indoor recess period. This week I’m sharing with you some of my favorite print-and-go materials that I’ve penciled into my plans for the coming days.

In reading, students are learning how authors leave clues that help you make inferences about a character’s traits. This festive reading response organizer was well received by my students, who had been reading biographies over the past week. Following their independent reading, they thought of a gift they would give the main character in their book.  Their responses and reasonings were sincere and well thought out.

### December Math Story Problems

This collection includes 20 different holiday-themed story problems that are hugely appealing to my third graders. We’ve done six of them so far, and I've noticed my students walk in the door and settle into their seats quickly, eager for morning warm-up these past few days.

### Skip Counting and Multiplication/Division Word Problems

I passed this mitten math project on to my friends who teach first grade for practice with skip counting. My third graders used this printable with 20 snowflakes on each mitten to write multiplication and division word problems on the back. Finished mittens can be cut out and hung on a bulletin board with clothespins.

### SCHOLASTIC TEACHABLES FOR HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS

We just wrapped up a month-long unit on cultures from around the world, so the next three printables are perfect for small group work.

### My Book About Winter Holidays

This nonfiction book is perfect for large group instruction or for guided reading with my students who are reading on grade level. Questions and writing prompts are built into the book to help further discussion of the text. Because it is a free printable, students can keep it when we are finished with our reading lesson. I won’t have my students color the book since it’s absolutely fine in black and white, but coloring is always an option for individual students afterwards since they own the book.

Book to Go With This Activity

### Chinese Lunar New Year’s Dragon

My students were enthralled when one of our parents came in last week to teach them about the Chinese Lunar New Year. While Chinese Lunar New Year isn’t celebrated in January this year, this dragon is the perfect follow-up to our guest speaker.

### Kwanza Mkeka

Several students studied African nations during our heritage study. As a follow-up, we are going to include this Mkeka craft as one of our art centers during indoor recess.

### First Snow Jolly Snowman

I always like to do a “snowy” craft following our first measurable snow. The free Scholastic Teachable accompanied by a writing prompt should fill the bill nicely this year. I’m also thinking the “pages” that are created within the snowman’s body could be used to record book titles completed over break.

### Books to Go With This Activity

As you strive to get the most out of your days these last couple of weeks, I hope you will find time to take some of the pressure off your planning by trying out a few of these free Scholastic Teachables.

Take care and Happy Holidays!

Genia

The days to holiday break are being counted down in my classroom, and not just by the students! Knowing holiday celebrations and vacation are just around the corner has made my students just a bit more antsy, and a bit less focused on the rigors of our daily lessons. With less than two weeks left until break, the answer to my prayers arrived in my inbox last week — for a limited time Scholastic Teachables is offering 25 free holiday printables.

Scholastic Teachables (formally known as Printables) are the easiest way I know to enhance a lesson, make a holiday decoration, provide enrichment, or offer a fun activity during an indoor recess period. This week I’m sharing with you some of my favorite print-and-go materials that I’ve penciled into my plans for the coming days.

In reading, students are learning how authors leave clues that help you make inferences about a character’s traits. This festive reading response organizer was well received by my students, who had been reading biographies over the past week. Following their independent reading, they thought of a gift they would give the main character in their book.  Their responses and reasonings were sincere and well thought out.

### December Math Story Problems

This collection includes 20 different holiday-themed story problems that are hugely appealing to my third graders. We’ve done six of them so far, and I've noticed my students walk in the door and settle into their seats quickly, eager for morning warm-up these past few days.

### Skip Counting and Multiplication/Division Word Problems

I passed this mitten math project on to my friends who teach first grade for practice with skip counting. My third graders used this printable with 20 snowflakes on each mitten to write multiplication and division word problems on the back. Finished mittens can be cut out and hung on a bulletin board with clothespins.

### SCHOLASTIC TEACHABLES FOR HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS

We just wrapped up a month-long unit on cultures from around the world, so the next three printables are perfect for small group work.

### My Book About Winter Holidays

This nonfiction book is perfect for large group instruction or for guided reading with my students who are reading on grade level. Questions and writing prompts are built into the book to help further discussion of the text. Because it is a free printable, students can keep it when we are finished with our reading lesson. I won’t have my students color the book since it’s absolutely fine in black and white, but coloring is always an option for individual students afterwards since they own the book.

Book to Go With This Activity

### Chinese Lunar New Year’s Dragon

My students were enthralled when one of our parents came in last week to teach them about the Chinese Lunar New Year. While Chinese Lunar New Year isn’t celebrated in January this year, this dragon is the perfect follow-up to our guest speaker.

### Kwanza Mkeka

Several students studied African nations during our heritage study. As a follow-up, we are going to include this Mkeka craft as one of our art centers during indoor recess.

### First Snow Jolly Snowman

I always like to do a “snowy” craft following our first measurable snow. The free Scholastic Teachable accompanied by a writing prompt should fill the bill nicely this year. I’m also thinking the “pages” that are created within the snowman’s body could be used to record book titles completed over break.

### Books to Go With This Activity

As you strive to get the most out of your days these last couple of weeks, I hope you will find time to take some of the pressure off your planning by trying out a few of these free Scholastic Teachables.

Take care and Happy Holidays!

Genia

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