Category: Holiday Activities

Using Animated Christmas Shorts to Teach Mood and Tone

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your mood and tone lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills. 

This post contains the animated short “The Girl and the Cloud” found on Youtube and inserted in this post. In this exercise, students will compare and contrast the film version of the story to the online storybook. “The Girl and the Cloud” interactive storybook may be found here. The handout may be found here. Continue Reading

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Christmas Bulletin Board

Christmas Bulletin Board

I love this time of year. Excitement for season is everywhere. Students begin talking about gifts, special activities, travel plans, and food the day they return from Thanksgiving break. I take advantage of this. We read Christmas themed books, and  I teach language arts using holiday activities. Students write using Christmas prompts which are displayed on holiday bulletin boards. Students really love it, and so do I!

I recently presented a workshop for a group of teachers about writing. A small part of the presentation was holiday related. I presented a number of Christmas writing prompts and showed teachers how to make a super simple bulletin board to display student writing. Continue Reading

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Activities

Mrs. Armstrong breaks her leg, so Mother must direct the Christmas pageant. Everything goes wrong when the Herdmans, the worst kids in the history of the world, are the only ones to volunteer for all the main roles. Will Mother be able to pull it all together?

Read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson to see how one disaster after another is averted. Continue Reading

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Thanksgiving Activities for Big Kids

Thanksgiving for Big Kids

With Thanksgiving just two weeks away, I’m sure you are looking for some activities that both celebrate the season and teach valuable lessons and skills.

Check out these free Thanksgiving activities for upper elementary students. Continue Reading

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Christmas in July ~ The Gift of the Magi ~ Part 2

The Gift of the Magi ~ Free Lesson Plans ~ Part 1 Vocabulary

Comprehension for The Gift of the Magi

It’s not too early to plan your Christmas units. The Gift of the Magi is a heartwarming story of a young married couple who sell their most prized possessions to have money to buy gifts for the other. It makes a wonderful mini-unit to teach during the Christmas season. The full unit will be provided over four blog posts as part of Christmas in July.

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Christmas in July ~ The Gift of the Magi ~ Part 1

The Gift of the Magi ~ Free Lesson Plans ~ Part 1 Vocabulary

Vocabulary for The Gift of the Magi


It’s not too early to plan your Christmas units. The Gift of the Magi is a heartwarming story of a young married couple who sell their most prized possessions to have money to buy gifts for the other. It makes a wonderful mini-unit to teach during the Christmas season.

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Groundhog Day Activities

Groundhog Day Activities

Check out these five ideas to use this Groundhog Day. Students will enjoy learning why we celebrate this holiday. The cookie recipe is not only delicious but cute. Be sure to download the free printables as well.

Groundhog Day Activity #1 [The Story Behind Groundhog Day]

Tradition says that if a groundhog comes out of its hole on February 2 and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If there is no shadow, an early spring is predicted. Continue Reading

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