Sunday, December 5, 2021

Let's Get Reading for the Holidays and FREEBIES!

Deck the Halls! Only 2 weeks until we are on winter break! Not sure if you have more days than that to go, but either way the countdown is ON! This week I am sharing some reading response ideas and books for the holidays! Why?! It is SO versatile for independent, partner, or whole group. Reading Response is so fun! You can do holiday themed books, let students choose, or lead with your own theme or genre. 

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is an awesome book to use for this time of year. You are asking yourself why?! This isn't a holiday book?! No, but this book talks about memories and could spark some great conversations of winter, holiday, and tradition memories. 

You may want some read alouds or books that students can read independently or with a partnerHere are some FUN Holiday books to pair with any of the  reading response organizers below. Remember you DON'T have to read holiday books! Winter or just any books that you choose or are student choice are going to work any time. It may be fun though to change it up and have students choose which books they want to read or have them be holiday/winter related. 

Use these organizers with ANY book! Print a few and have students choose which they would like to do independently or with a partner OR print any of the reading response pages for one book or as a book with several pages. 

I am going to drop this reading log here too! Now would be a great time to introduce this for second semester and right before the holidays for students to track a goal. Make it a small one! Maybe just 1-2 books over break? Or wait until students get back! Either way students will be more prepared and ready to take this on second semester. 

Do some creative writing with your students! I just released these Bubblehead characters for the Winter Holidays and with 14 DIFFERENT ones to choose from they are so fun to get the creative juices flowing! 

FREEBIES! Check out these FREE products to help with reading and the holidays!

This fun spinner can be used for any book for some partner conversations and fun!
Use this Battle of the Books Bracket to fill in Holidays books, Read-Alouds from this year, or any books that students choose to Battle it out! Then use any of the graphic organizers from above for these books. 

Need something just for fun?! I like to give the kids a sort of 'party' and this is the perfect interactive activity. Check out my fun Escape Room! Stan the Snowman: Lost in the Snowstorm. Students find clues to help Stan find his way home!

Keep reading this holiday season! Drop me some fun titles of books you are reading with your class. 

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