Five Little Resources that will Save You in December

Five Little Resources that Will Save You in December | Printables to keep you organized, task cards to help spread positivity, close reading passages, creative writing prompts, and more |


My blogging friends over at Focused on Fifth are hosting a 12 Days of Christmas linky party full of great ideas to help you manage teaching during the holidays. I'm partnering with them three days this week and hope you find our posts helpful. 

Today's focus is on holiday resources designed to get you through the month of December. I have five resources for you that will keep you organized, help spread positivity, and keep students engaged.


1. Printable Organizational Tools

This blog post contains three printable tools to help keep you organized during the craziness before holiday break. Included are calendar pages, check lists, and note pages.


2. Holiday Lights Task Cards

Use these free task cards to promote positivity in your classroom before students leave for winter break. They can be used in multiple ways - as morning work, homework, early finisher tasks, and more. Find the cards here. Learn more about how to use them here


3. Ugly Sweater Creative Writing

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.

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


4. Holiday Close Reading Mini-Units

I have a collection of holiday themed Close Reading resources that would work especially well this time of year. Each one focuses on a different holiday and contains original nonfiction passages and guided reading practices along with writing responses, vocabulary activities and more. Each one lasts 3-5 days and would be perfect as an emergency sub resource should you have to be out of the classroom unexpectedly. 

Students learn about various holidays while practicing important reading skills. 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

Prep this resource 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 have an easy writing activity ready to go at the beginning of January!

Find the goal sheets here


With these five resources, you 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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