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November 7, 2018

7 Printables to Make the Days Before Winter Break Easier!

By Genia Connell
Grades 1–2, 3–5

    Scholastic Teachables 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. During this time of year, when attention spans are at a spectacular low, and time is oh so short, these little gems are a teacher's best friend. Here, are some of my favorite ready-to-print materials that I’ve penciled into my plans for the coming days.

    1. The Gift: Reading Response Graphic Organizer

    In reading, students learn how authors leave clues that help you make inferences about a character’s traits. My students have been reading biographies and were excited by this festive reading response organizer. Following their independent reading, they thought of a gift they would give the main character in their biography book. Their responses and reasonings were sincere and well thought out.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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. The book is absolutely fine in black and white, but coloring is always an option.

    Book to Go With This Activity

    (click on the book image to learn more about the book)

     

    5. Lunar New Year’s Dragon

    My students were enthralled when one of our parents came in to teach them about the Chinese Lunar New Year. While the holiday isn’t celebrated until February in 2019, this dragon is the perfect follow-up to our guest speaker. You can break it out in January.

    Books to Go With This Activity

     

    To fill out your reading of Lion Dancer, check out this printable that is a unit of companion activities, discussion prompts, and resource suggestions

     

    6. 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.

    Books to Go With This Activity

     

    7. First Snow Jolly Snowman

    I always like to do a “snowy” craft following our first measurable snowfall. This Scholastic Teachable accompanied by a writing prompt should fill the bill nicely. 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 in the weeks before break, I hope you will find time to take some of the pressure off your planning by trying out a few of these Scholastic Teachables.

    Take care and Happy Holidays!

    Genia  

     

     

     

    Scholastic Teachables 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. During this time of year, when attention spans are at a spectacular low, and time is oh so short, these little gems are a teacher's best friend. Here, are some of my favorite ready-to-print materials that I’ve penciled into my plans for the coming days.

    1. The Gift: Reading Response Graphic Organizer

    In reading, students learn how authors leave clues that help you make inferences about a character’s traits. My students have been reading biographies and were excited by this festive reading response organizer. Following their independent reading, they thought of a gift they would give the main character in their biography book. Their responses and reasonings were sincere and well thought out.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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. The book is absolutely fine in black and white, but coloring is always an option.

    Book to Go With This Activity

    (click on the book image to learn more about the book)

     

    5. Lunar New Year’s Dragon

    My students were enthralled when one of our parents came in to teach them about the Chinese Lunar New Year. While the holiday isn’t celebrated until February in 2019, this dragon is the perfect follow-up to our guest speaker. You can break it out in January.

    Books to Go With This Activity

     

    To fill out your reading of Lion Dancer, check out this printable that is a unit of companion activities, discussion prompts, and resource suggestions

     

    6. 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.

    Books to Go With This Activity

     

    7. First Snow Jolly Snowman

    I always like to do a “snowy” craft following our first measurable snowfall. This Scholastic Teachable accompanied by a writing prompt should fill the bill nicely. 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 in the weeks before break, I hope you will find time to take some of the pressure off your planning by trying out a few of these Scholastic Teachables.

    Take care and Happy Holidays!

    Genia  

     

     

     

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