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Holiday Books and Activities for Grades K–3

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Don’t let the season overwhelm you this year. With these fun lesson ideas, you are well on your way to planning your classroom holiday activities. A trip to your school library and a little creativity are all you need to build your classroom’s holiday traditions.

the-gingerbread-manThis classic book, The Gingerbread Man, is a great crowd pleaser. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Rewrite your own ending to the story.
  • Decorate your own gingerbread man puppet and write as many adjectives as you can to describe him. Get the free printable here.
  • Build your own gingerbread house with graham crackers, frosting, and decorations. (Great for small groups.)

snowmen-at-nightThis creative book, Snowmen at Night, tells the story of snowmen coming to life at night and encourages students to stretch their imaginations.

  • Students draw their own snowmen. (Use blue construction paper and white crayons.)
  • Folded paper snowman. Get the free printable here.
  • Write out the steps to build a snowman (first, next, then, last).
  • Writing prompt: Write a story about what your snowman does at night (these are hilarious).

 


heather-foudy-blog-imageHeather Foudy is a certified elementary teacher with over 7 years’ experience as an educator and volunteer in the classroom. She enjoys creating lessons that are meaningful and creative for students. She is currently working for Evan-Moor’s marketing and communications team and enjoys building learning opportunities that are both meaningful and creative for students and teachers alike.

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