Five Little Resources that will Save You in December
These five teaching resources will help you get organized and keep students engaged during school holidays. Don’t let the hustle during the holidays overwhelm you. Let me help you with organization tips, writing activities, and holiday activities perfect for upper elementary students in the month of December.
My blogging friends over at Focused on Fifth are hosting a 12 Days of Christmas linky party full of great ideas to get organized and manage teaching during school holidays. I'm partnering with them three days this week and hope you'll find lots of helpful ideas and resources.
Today's focus is on holiday teaching resources designed to get you through the month of December. I have five resources for you that will get you organized, help spread positivity, and keep students engaged. Some are free and others are paid in my store. However, if you’re a member of The Treasury, you’ll find a few samples of the paid resources for free!
1. Printable Organizational Tools
This blog post contains three printable tools to get you organized during the craziness before holiday break. Included are calendar pages, checklists, and note pages.
3. Holiday Writing Activities
Who doesn't love an ugly Christmas sweater?
This Ugly Sweater Writing resource was created to provide students with short, engaging writing tasks before the holiday break. The tasks are interconnected and follow a similar set-up so they're super simple to use.
Each day of writing includes a short prompt centered on those ugly holiday sweaters we all love to hate, a graphic organizer for collecting ideas, and space for completing their written piece. Three prompts include pages for drawing visuals to go along with students’ writing. When all of the activities have been completed, students will have practiced narrative writing, opinion writing, and an informative piece.
Find the resource and learn more here.
Help students appreciate acts of kindness while increasing positivity in your classroom with these Thankful for Kindness monthly writing kits. They’re simple for you and follow the same procedure each month so they’re simple for students too. Win-win. Read more about how to use them here. Find the resource here.
4. Holiday Close Reading Mini-Units
I'm a big believer in choosing substance over fluff when it comes to celebrating holidays in the classroom. To read why, see this post.
I have a collection of holiday-themed Close Reading resources that work especially well this time of year. Students learn about various holidays while practicing important reading skills. Each one contains original nonfiction passages and guided close reading practices along with writing responses, vocabulary activities, and more.
Each lasts 3-5 days and would be perfect as an emergency sub resource should you have to be out of the classroom unexpectedly.
As of this post, I have separate resources for the following holidays:
All of these Holiday Close Reading Mini-Units can be found in a money-saving bundle here.
5. New Years Goal Sheets
You won't use this resource in December, but if you prep it now - you'll thank yourself later.
Use these simple sheets when students return from break as a simple way to set goals for the new year. Spend a few minutes copying before you leave for break and you'll have an easy writing activity ready to go at the beginning of January!
Find the goal sheets here.
With these five resources, you'll stay organized while your students are engaged in learning about different holidays, practicing important reading skills, getting creative in their writing, and spreading a little positivity around the classroom.
Oh - and your sanity is saved. You're welcome.
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