The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree

Vocabulary Word of the Day

venturesome - Involving risk or danger; hazardous; daring; adventurous; bold; brave

The balsam grows up the rocky craigs where only a venturesome man may go.

"Papa says the balsam grows high on the rocky craigs up near heaven where only a venturesome man will go," said Ruthie.

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Read The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree

Discuss the setting of the story and the main characters.

Complete the following character and setting chart.

Main Characters

Setting

Papa

Ruthie

Mama

 Pine Grove

Appalachian Mountains

through a year of seasons

 

Learn the history behind the Christmas tree.

Christmas Tree Background Information from http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlresources/units/Byrnes-celebrations/christmas.html

Christmas Trees http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/holidays/christmas/trees.html

The Christmas Tree and Other Customs http://www2.worldbook.com/features/holidays/html/thetree.htm

Activity - Put together Christmas tree puzzle with Christmas carols.