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Tough Cookie Christmas activities for kids: posters, worksheets, and cookie craft.

There are so many great gingerbread man stories out there!  Tough Cookie might be one of the cutest though!  Tough Cookie thinks he is a sugar cookie, but he finds out differently in the end.  It follows the traditional storyline of the other versions which makes it fun to compare and contrast to the others.  I have created enough activities for each day of a full week to incorporate into your read aloud, including printable and DIGITAL.  I think it would be fun to open each lesson listening to a different version of the story on YouTube to get that practice comparing and contrasting different versions of the same story.  You could also use that story to practice the skill for the day.  It's a great way to model the skill, as well.


Tough Cookie Christmas activities for kids: posters, worksheets, and cookie craft.

Tough Cookie Christmas activities for kids: posters, worksheets, and cookie craft.

I printed these text-dependent questions on cardstock and tied a little ribbon around them.  You can use these during your read aloud each day.  To keep students engaged, I always have them discuss the question with their partner first before we talk about it as a whole group.

Tough Cookie Christmas activities for kids: posters, worksheets, and cookie craft.

I love to make gingerbread man ornaments with my class!  You could make these to pair with the story with this super easy recipe or you could make the salt dough ornaments.  It's a great way to tie in writing that week.  I have included a planning page and the writing paper.  Making the ornaments helps to give the students a concrete visual for the writing steps.

Tough Cookie Christmas activities for kids: posters, worksheets, and cookie craft.

Since we typically do our running records in December, it's a good time to practice story retell.  I have not only included graphic organizers for each day, but also a poster you can print for reference for each skill.

Tough Cookie Christmas activities for kids: posters, worksheets, and cookie craft.

Poor little Tough Cookie faces many problems in the story.  You can relate this to the retell and may want to do this before you do the retell of the story.

Tough Cookie Christmas activities for kids: posters, worksheets, and cookie craft.

There are also lots of cause and effect relationships throughout the story, so this graphic organizer is great for recording those.

Tough Cookie Christmas activities for kids: posters, worksheets, and cookie craft.

Tough Cookie faces challenges and learns a lot about himself by the end of the story.  Students will describe the challenges he faces and how he responds to those challenges.

Tough Cookie Christmas activities for kids: posters, worksheets, and cookie craft.

Your students can make these simple cookie crafts to attach to one of the responses.  These will make a super cute display in the hallway!

If you are virtual or about to go virtual, I have uploaded all of the graphic organizers to Google Slides TM.  I also embedded the story and two directed drawings from YouTube.  You can see everything below!  Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you have a great holiday season with your class!


Tough Cookie Christmas activities for kids: posters, worksheets, and cookie craft.







 

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM


Do you need a way to teach your read aloud remotely?  These digital read aloud lessons that are used with Google Slides TM will help you do just that.  I have taken my Second Grade IRA Lessons and converted them into ready-to-go lessons that can be used with your virtual learners.  Each week contains five lessons that follow the same format each day.  The activities for each day vary based on the standard, and each daily task builds up to a final culminating task that is used for assessment of the focus standard.  I have made these so that they are super engaging for your students, and I hope they get your students excited for the holidays!  The stories used are Auntie Claus, How Santa Got His Job, How Santa Lost His Job, and The Carpenter's Gift.

Each lesson follows the following format:

-Daily Agenda (gives students an outline of your lesson and sets up the flow)
-Brain Warm-Up (learning or themed video embedded)
-Learning Goal
-Success Criteria
-Learning Posters for Standards or Skills
-Vocabulary (definition, sentence, illustration, and daily student task)
-Read Aloud (story embedded, teacher instructions, and text-dependent questions to ask)
-Independent Practice (standards-based daily task in which students responds to the text)
-Exit Ticket
-Wrap It Up (close your lesson and tie it to tomorrow's lesson)
-Student Self-Assessment

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM



The first week uses the book Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera.  We actually went to see the play, too, last year at the Nashville Children's Theatre.  The story is about Santa's sister and her family.  The Kringle children are not grateful for their gifts, and Auntie Claus teaches them an important lesson.  That makes this the perfect book for practicing story recount and central message.

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM

The independent practice slides can be assigned to your students.  They are editable, so students can type their responses and submit their work back to you.  On day one, students make a connection to the text which is a great hook at the beginning of the unit and still requires them to practice identifying key details and using text evidence.

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM



You can see below the independent practice slides for the rest of the week.  The tasks build up to summarizing the text, which is another way for students to recount a story.  There is also a multiple choice assessment on Friday.

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM

Students can also complete an exit ticket and self assessment each day to give you feedback on how they are doing with that standard.  I also always have my students do a self-assessment at the end of each lesson. This allows them to reflect on how they are doing with that skill and gives me feedback on who needs additional help the following day or at small groups.

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM



This story is so sweet!  I promise it will make you cry, so be prepared.  This is the story behind the first Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City.  The last text also takes place in NYC, so it's a nice connection.  We use this story to practice describing how characters respond to major events and challenges.  The main character faces some serious challenges in this text but responds in such a resilient way that is so inspiring for readers.

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM


Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM


We focused on describing Henry using character traits on day one.  This gives them insight on his character and helps them understand why he responded the way he did.  You can see the rest of the independent tasks below.  They all lead up to practicing describing how Henry responds to the major events and challenges from the text.

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM

You will also get exit tickets and self-assessments for each lesson.


Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM

Finally, we have two books for the third week of December before holiday breaks.  We spend two days on How Santa Got His Job and two days on How Santa Lost His Job.  On day five, your kids can vote on which book you read or just listen to both!  You will focus on asking and answering questions using key details by being ELF DETECTIVES!

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM

I focused on asking questions on the first day of the read aloud and answering different types of questions on day two.  I got them excited to do both by giving them the job of Elf Text Detectives!  It was a fun tie in to the story and Santa getting his job.

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM

On day five, we compared and contrasted the two texts.

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM

Christmas Digital Read Aloud Lessons for Google Slides TM

I sell these separately, in a digital bundle, and included with the printable December version.  I tried to post them that way to fit everyone's changing needs.  Thank you so much for the feedback on these lessons!  My goal was to give you a resource that you could easily implement in your online instruction that will be engaging and cover your grade level standards.  I hope they are helping you and your students!  Merry Christmas!




















 


Do you need a way to teach your read aloud remotely?  These digital read aloud lessons that are used with Google Slides TM will help you do just that.  I have taken my First Grade IRA Bundle and converted them into ready-to-go lessons that can be used with your virtual learners.  Each week contains five lessons that follow the same format each day.  The activities for each day vary based on the standard, and each daily task builds up to a final culminating task that is used for assessment of the focus standard.  I have made these so that they are super engaging for your students, and I hope they get your students excited for the holidays!  The stories used are Ada Twist Scientist, The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School, and The Polar Express.

Each lesson follows the following format:

-Daily Agenda (gives students an outline of your lesson and sets up the flow)
-Brain Warm-Up (learning or themed video embedded)
-Learning Goal
-Success Criteria
-Learning Posters for Standards or Skills
-Vocabulary (definition, sentence, illustration, and daily student task)
-Read Aloud (story embedded, teacher instructions, and text-dependent questions to ask)
-Independent Practice (standards-based daily task in which students responds to the text)
-Exit Ticket
-Wrap It Up (close your lesson and tie it to tomorrow's lesson)
-Student Self-Assessment





The first week uses the book Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty.  Ada is a very curious child and loves to ask questions.  That makes this the perfect book for practicing asking and answering questions about key details in a text.  


The independent practice slides can be assigned to your students.  They are editable, so students can type their responses and submit their work back to you.  On day one, student use text evidence to answer a question about the text.


You can see below the independent practice for the rest of the week.  There is also a multiple choice assessment on Friday.





Students can also complete an exit ticket and self assessment each day to give you feedback on how they are doing with that standard.



This story is so fun!  It was a challenge to think about how I would incorporate the gingerbread man scavenger hunt that we do all over the school while learning remotely.  I think I figured out how to make it work, but you guys are so creative and probably can make it even more fun!  We use this text to practice retelling a story.




I incorporated cause and effect into these lessons, because it's an important relationship for students to understand when reading.  


On day two, we retell the part of the story where the class makes the gingerbread cookies.  I like to make these with my class and turn them into ornaments.  This is a great way to incorporate how to writing into your lesson.



On day four is the scavenger hunt.  You can pretend that you had the gingerbread cookies you made go missing!  In the classroom, I would have some store bought ones that I had told them we were going to eat on Friday.  You may need to come up with a different story if you are doing distance learning.  Students will make predictions as to where they think the cookies are.  You will then read clues to them.  After each clue, they have to guess where in the school they think they are by making inferences.  Afterwards, they will record their thinking.  This follows the same events as the story, so it should help them with the retell the following day.

First grade Christmas digital read aloud for google slides TM

By day five, they are ready to retell the story.  I use this and the assessment for grades on that standard.

First grade Christmas digital read aloud for google slides TM

You will also get exit tickets and self-assessments for each lesson.


First grade Christmas digital read aloud for google slides TM

Finally, I saved the best story for last!  The Polar Express is a kid favorite!  We practice how to describe characters, setting, and major events of a story using key details with this text.  I tried to break down the tasks for each day to something simple, because we know that week before a holiday break is tough.  I wanted it to be beneficial, but at the same time not overwhelming.  You will focus on describing characters, setting, beginning events, middle events, and ending events one at a time each day.

First grade Christmas digital read aloud for google slides TM

First grade Christmas digital read aloud for google slides TM

First grade Christmas digital read aloud for google slides TM

First grade Christmas digital read aloud for google slides TM

First grade Christmas digital read aloud for google slides TM

First grade Christmas digital read aloud for google slides TM

First grade Christmas digital read aloud for google slides TM

I sell these separately, in a digital bundle, and included with the printable December version.  I tried to post them that way to fit everyone's changing needs.  Thank you so much for the feedback on these lessons!  My goal was to give you a resource that you could easily implement in your online instruction that will be engaging and cover your grade level standards.  I hope they are helping you and your students!  Merry Christmas!