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Holiday Books and Activities for Grades K–3


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).

Click here for Holiday Books and Simple Activities for Grades 3–6!

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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